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Daniel Henry Deniehy

(18 August 1828 - 22 October 1865 / Sydney / Australia)

Daniel Henry Deniehy
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It was at a public meeting, on 15th August 1853, that Daniel Deniehy first appeared "on the public stage". He opposed William Wentworth's draft NSW Constitution, which proposed to establish a parliamentary Upper House consisting of hereditary Australian Lordships. At that, and a subsequent meeting Deniehy eloquently condemned what he called Wentworth's proposed "Bunyip Aristocracy", and spoke in favour of a widespread democracy. His speech caused great laughter at the Establishment's expense, and was roundly applauded; and later reported favourably in the newspapers of the day.

Deniehy, a thorough republican, later became involved with free-thinkers such as Henry Parkes, Charles ... more »

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