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By MICK ROBERTS ©
THE Kennedy brothers’ attempts at respectability in Australia seemed to have started off on the right foot.
The three Irishmen, Hugh, John and Richard built a portfolio of properties, and established a profitable cattle trading business, before their empire came crashing to the ground as a result of criminal activity, alcoholism and financial ruin.
While Hugh established a Wollongong pub, favoured by the gentry and well-to-do, and John became a successful cattle dealer, only one of the brothers – Richard – kept a clean nose, never running foul of the law.
John and Hugh were foundation members of the Wollongong Turf Club, selling horses and cattle by commission. The pair was even able to boast of owning a few ‘place-getters’ during the…
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