Julia Charlotte O'Brien1,2

#1490, (1855-18 November 1896)
FatherGeorge Edward O'Brien1 (12 May 1831-2 Dec 1887)
MotherCharlotte Holmes1 (c 1830-28 Aug 1899)
ChartsDescendents of Robert Holmes
Last Edited14 Nov 2020
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Julia Charlotte O'Brien was born in 1855 at Kiama, New South Wales.3 She was the daughter of George Edward O'Brien and Charlotte Holmes.1 She presumably lived with her parents at at Leichhardt Street in the Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley in June 1864.4 Julia Charlotte O'Brien was a nun in 1875.1 Her religious name was Sister Mary Celsus.1 She was organist at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, in Brisbane.5

Her father died 2 December 1887 at the age of 56. She was the Mother Superior at Sisters of Mercy convent, in Mount Morgan, Queensland.5

Julia died on 18 November 1896 at Mount Morgan, Queensland, She died just 2 weeks after the death of her younger sister ELizabeth.1 Her body was interred at Rockhampton cemetery on 20 November 1896 at Rockhampton, Queensland.6

Julia was memorialised in an obituary on 21 November 1896:
"The funeral of the late Sister Mary Celsus took place in the Rockhampton Cemetery yesterday afternoon. Since the arrival of the corpse from Mount Morgan it had lain in state in the church, services being conducted, at certain Intervals. The Rev. Father Plormell preached a singularly impressive funeral sermon, taking as his theme the lesson all could and should leam from the life of the deceased Sister. Sister Mary Celsus was one who with her natural abilities and innate graceful temperament had exceptional opportunities in the world; but, believing in her heart that she could do more good by giving up her life to the cause of religion, she took the veil and became wedded to the church. Her life had been an object lesson to the community, as a sacrifice to religion, humanity, and God."6


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  3. [S1] New South Wales, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages V18552729 72/1855.
  4. [S350] The Brisbane Courier, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1864 'Family Notices', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 16 July, p. 1. , viewed 15 Nov 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1259726
  5. [S350] The Brisbane Courier, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1896 'Display Advertising.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 25 November, p. 5, viewed 17 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3640065
  6. [S350] The Brisbane Courier, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1896 'THE LATE SISTER MARY CELSUS.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), 27 November, p. 2, viewed 17 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3640245