Peter Lalor

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Peter Fintan Lalor (, locally ;Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3 5 February 1827 – 9 February 1889) was an activist turned politician who rose to fame for his leading role in the Eureka Rebellion, an event controversially identified with the "birth of democracy" in Australia.

Early life and migration to Australia

Lalor was born in the family home of Tenakill, at Raheen County Laois, (then known as Queen's County), Ireland, the son of Patrick Lalor, a landowner and supporter of the abolition of tithes who held a seat in the House of Commons from 1832 to 1835. He was the first Catholic MP for Queens County, Ireland since the reign of James II. His mother was Anne Deé Dillon. They had 11 sons of whom Peter Fintan Lalor was the youngest. His eldest brother was the Irish revolutionary James Fintan Lalor. His mother died on 4 June 1835 and his father then married Ellen Mary Anne Loughnan with whom he had no children.

Lalor was educated at Carlow College and then trained as a civil engineer at Trinity College, Dublin.

Three of the Lalor brothers migrated to America. However, Peter and his brother Richard decided on Australia, arriving in Victoria in October 1852. Lalor worked first in the construction of the Melbourne-Geelong railway line, but resigned to take part in...
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