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James Corrigan


James Corrigan (1823-1871), educationist, was born on 14 February 1823 in Pettigo, County Donegal, Ireland, son of William Corrigan, mathematician and teacher, in a Wesleyan Methodist school, and his wife Ann. James became a teacher and was later headmaster of a Wesleyan school in north Ireland. At 25 he became principal of the Wesleyan Training School in Dublin. There he matriculated at Trinity College (M.A., LL.B., 1861; LL.D., 1864). In 1856 he had married Lucy, daughter of George Chapman of Belfast; they had three daughters and a son.

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Thomas ‘Tommy’ Corrigan

(1854 – 1894)

“He never flinched from fence or wall, he never was afraid” – From a tribute by ‘Banjo’ Paterson

Tommy Corrigan was Australia’s best-known and best-loved jockey of the 19th century, and of his day. Corrigan had won seven Grand Nationals.  He rode nearly 250 winners from 800 mounts, while his tally of placed horses exceeded his losers.  He was renowned for honesty and integrity, a “straight goer, good fellow and peerless horseman.”

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