Rev. Patrick Hand registered at the Registrar s Office to perform marriages
DEATH OF MONSIGNOR HAND. A Pioneer Prelate. The death took place at Maitland early on Sunday morning of the Right Rev. Patrick Hand, Vicar-General of the diocese of Maitland, and administrator of St. John s Cathedral. The deceased prolate who was in his 63rd year, had for some years been suffering with an affection of the throat, which gradually assumed serious proportions, until the end of January, when he was stricken down. Dr. Hand was born on the l5th August, 1847, at Granard, County Longford, Ireland, and was educated at a classical school there, and at All Hallow s College. Dublin, where he completed his studies, but was too young for ordination. He came to Maitland in 1870, and on the 24th April of that year he was ordained to The priesthood, in St. John s Cathedral, by the Re. Dr. Murray. From 1870 to 1871 he acted as one of the assistant priests in St. John s Cathedral parish, and in 1874 was appointed Administrator of the Cathedral. In 1880 Dr. Murray appointed him Vicar-general And Administrator of the diocese during his lordship s absence on a journey to Europe. On the death of Dr. Murray, Monsignor Hand was appointed Vicar-general in conjunction with Monsignor Meagher, of Singleton, and he administered the diocese during the absence in West Australia, of the Bishop of Maitland.