Dictionary of Sydney

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Assassination attempt on Prince Alfred 1868

Crime committed by Henry O'Farrell on 12 March 1868, when he shot and injured the visiting prince at the Clontarf picnic grounds during a function.

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Date of event
12 Mar 1868

Assassination attempt on Prince Alfred 1868

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In 1868, Henry O'Farrell tried to shoot the visiting Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria. Although the prince was only slightly wounded, the event set off a rash of anti-Irish feeling in Sydney, and O'Farrell was hanged in record time. Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is a reminder of the event.