Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 25. Chapters: James Whiteside McCay, Damien Leith, Thomas Ranken Lyle, George Fletcher Moore, Hugh Mahon, John Molloy, Oliver MacDonagh, James Dooley, John Meredith, Dave Callan, Alexander Robert Edgar, John Horgan, Daniel O'Connor, John Fegan, Edward Pigot, Paul Keaney, Paddy Hannan, Henry Augustus Ellis, Cornelius Chamberlain, Kevin Dyas, Thomas Grady, Robin Gourley, Redmond Prendiville, Michael Magner, Thomas Finney, Charles Owen Smyth, John Vincent Holland, Lockier Burges, John Colahan, John O'Donnell. Excerpt: Lieutenant General Sir James Whiteside McCay KCMG, KBE, CB, VD (21 December 1864 - 1 October 1930) was an Australian general and politician. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, where he earned Master of Arts and Master of Laws degrees, he established a successful legal practice, McCay & Thwaites. He was a member of the Victorian Parliament from 1895 to 1899, where he was a champion of women's suffrage and federation. He lost his seat in 1899 but became a member of the first Australian Federal Parliament in 1901. He was Minister for Defence from 1904 to 1905, during which he implemented long-lasting reforms, including the creation of the Military Board. As a soldier, McCay commanded the 2nd Infantry Brigade in the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, during the Gallipoli Campaign of the Great War. He was later wounded in the Second Battle of Krithia and invalided to Australia, but returned to command the 5th Division, which he led in the Battle of Fromelles in 1916, dubbed "the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history." His failures in difficult military operations made him a controversial figure who earned the disfavour of his superiors, while his efforts to succeed in the face of insurmountable obstacles earned him the odium of troops under his command, who blamed him for high casualties. In the latter p...
Irish Emigrants to Australia: James Whiteside McCay, Damien Leith, Thomas Ranken Lyle, George Fletcher Moore, Hugh Mahon, John Molloy
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