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12 March - Prince Alfred nearly assassinated by O'Farrell

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:21 pm

Today in Australian History
Thursday, March 12, 1868


An attempt is made to assassinate Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, on his Australian tour.

Prince Alfred and Henry O'Farrell.jpg

Prince Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born on 6 August 1844, was the second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria. He entered the Royal Navy in 1856 and was appointed to the HMS Euryalus.

He was promoted to lieutenant in February 1863 and captain in February 1866, being then appointed to the command of the frigate HMS Galatea.

He was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Kent and Earl of Ulster in the peerage of the United Kingdom in May 1866.

While in command of the Galatea, the Duke of Edinburgh started from Plymouth in January 1867 for his voyage round the world.

He travelled via Gibraltar and the Cape before landing at Glenelg, South Australia, on 31 October 1867. During his stay of nearly five months he visited Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Tasmania. Being the first English prince to visit Australia, the Duke was received with great enthusiasm.

On 12 March 1868, whilst visiting Sydney and picnicking in the beachfront suburb of Clontarf, he was wounded in the back by a revolver fired by Henry James O'Farrell.

The Prince was shot in the back just to the right of his spine, and was tended for the next two weeks, making a full recovery. He was able to resume command of his ship and return home in early April 1868.

Henry James O'Farrell was arrested at the scene, quickly tried, convicted and hanged on 21 April 1868.
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