Thomas Shouldham O’Halloran


Thomas Shouldham O’Halloran

Biographical Text

On board the Rajasthan in 1838 was Thomas Shouldham O’Halloran. The O’Hallorans were from Limerick and father and sons were army careerists, most notably in the Indian army. Two sons immigrated to South Australia. Thomas arrived first. From the start T S O’Halloran was enthusiastic about the move. Writing from his home, Lizard Lodge, in O’Halloran Hill in August 1839 he praised the climate that was better than he had experienced in his twenty-five odd years’ army postings.

Lizard Lodge was so named because the lizard is represented on the O’Halloran family crest. The Major’s army background may have trained him to become familiar with new terrain as early as possible, so it is no surprise to see him subscribing to Telchelmann and Schurman’s Native Language booklet at around the time he was appointed South Australia’s first Commissioner of Police. In the 1850s he was another founding member and President of the St. Patrick’s Society. As with Kingston, T S O’Halloran’s Irish background transcended any religious and social distinctions. He promoted farming and industry in the southern area, and while he was a founding member of Christ Church in O’Halloran Hill and is buried there, he showed his support for the local Irish community in being present at the opening of South Australia’s first Catholic Church in Morphett Vale.

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