By Stephen Utick
The intense saga of the colonial personality 'Captain' Charles Gordon O'Neill is instructed for the 1st time. An engineer, inventor, parliamentarian and philanthropist, Charles was once a crucial co-founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia and New Zealand. Born of Irish mom and dad in Scotland in 1828, O'Neill travelled to the colonies in 1863 with using ambition, matched via entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient. an excellent engineer, he helped create city plans, railway routes and tramways throughout New Zealand. Elected to the recent Zealand parliament as a goldfields MP, he warned of the danger of weather switch from destroying forests. He moved to Sydney in 1881 to paintings for the bad of Australia. starting in Sydney's wild Rocks district, he pioneered many charitable projects and verified the St Vincent de Paul Society in New South Wales. His foresight was once vindicated because the colonial age of gold was once by means of the commercial melancholy of the Nineties. In a sour accident, regardless of all his technical ability, entry to capital and political connections, O'Neill died a pauper amid the slums of The Rocks in 1900.
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Could he have come to think of the growing of personal wealth as a ‘betrayal’ of the Christ of the Poor? 12 As early as 1826, evangelical minister David Naismith began his City Mission movement aimed at alleviating the suffering of Glasgow’s poor. It soon spread across Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Such missionary outreaches against poverty were founded in the belief that the poor could rise above the misery of their lives if they accepted the truth of Jesus Christ, and acknowledged him as a personal Saviour.
She had supported herself during her husband’s illness, and since his death, by shirtmaking. She had to work night and day to earn as much as would afford herself and children a little bread, and to pay the rent of her miserable room. Sorrow, hard work, and starvation, had worn her almost to the bone. 4 Walsh added: They find in a miserable cellar, destitute of furniture, bedding or food, a widow and her two daughters—her husband had been dead eight years. Her daughters were aged . . fourteen and ten years.
The Society helped protect the Irish Catholic minority in Glasgow against the activities of rabble-rousers, while defending Irish folk culture and accent. Through its endeavours on behalf of the poor, the Society gave laypeople roles as spiritual guides and social organisers. It also served as a social safety net by providing assistance at critical points in life—birth, sickness, education, finding work and death. Amid the aggressive capitalism of the day, it offered the Irish immigrant a source of moral regeneration.