Clontarf

Residential suburb on the northern shore of Middle Harbour, between Seaforth and Balgowlah Heights. In 1868 it was the site of an attempt to assassinate Queen Victoria's son, Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Named for a seaside town near Dublin, Clontarf's beach was a popular picnic spot by the 1860s. In 1868, at a picnic in the pleasure grounds, Prince Alfred the Duke of Edinburgh was shot, in an unsuccessful assassination attempt, by Henry O'Farrell who was hanged. Clontarf remained a cheap suburb, with a tent city springing up in the Depression of the 1930s, but a new bridge in 1958 made it more accessible.