October 1998

The Quinane Family Flyer

A newsletter for descendants and relatives of the Quinane Family


This is the second edition of the "Quinane Family Flyer" and in this edition we will:

The Early History of the Quinanes who migrated to Australia - continued

Patrick Quinane

The last issue finished with Patrick, his wife Mary and their children Jeremiah, Johanna and Patrick at the Ballarat Gold Fields. Their son, Patrick was born in October 1854, some 2 months before the Eureka uprising. We know that Patrick senior was still at Eureka when the uprising took place because on the 26th of December 1854, he swore the following statement:

"I, Patrick Quinane, of the Eureka, Ballarat, in the colony of Victoria, gold digger, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on Sunday morning, the third day of December instant, my tent with all the property therein, of the value of 60, was set fire to and consumed or destroyed immediately after the attack of the military and police on the stockade of the Eureka aforsaid, on the said third day of December, and I further solemnly and sincerely declare that I took no part in the riot, directly or indirectly, and I further solemnly and sincerely declare that I did not leave my tent until I heard orders given to have the tents burned. I further solemnly and sincerely declare that on Sunday, the third day of December, on my return to my tent aforsaid, I found my tent and all the property therein consumed; I further solemnly and sincerely declare that my tent was on the outside of the stockade; and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and correct, and by virtue of the provisions of an Act made and passed in the ninth year of the Reign of Her present Majesty, intituled, "An Act for the more effectual abolition of oaths and affirmations taken and made in various departments of the Government of New South Wales, and to substitute declarations in lieu thereof and for the suppression of voluntary and extra-judicial oaths and affidavits."


Patrick's claim for compensation was granted, although it seems the wheels of Government did not turn any faster in the 1850's than they do now, because the decision to reimburse Patrick was not made until February 1856, some 14 months after the date of his claim.

Sometime between 1854 and late 1856, Patrick and his family moved to the Bellarine Peninsula, south of Geelong, because their son Peter Joseph was born at Indented Head in October 1856. The family remained in this district until the late 1870's and the rest of their children were born here; Cornelius (5/11/1858), Honora Mary (20/5/1860), Anne (23/7/1864), Daniel (23/9/1866), Michael Francis (1867) and Mary (23/4/1870).

In 1866 Patrick Quinane, along with Thomas Carruther and Thomas Peel was appointed by the Shire Council to manage the No. 9 Drysdale old commons and reserve lands lease and that Patrick was still mentioned in Shire documents in June 1878.

It must have been shortly after this that Patrick and his family, along with Mary Whelan, the wife of his eldest son, Jeremiah moved to the Tungamah/Boosey district. Jeremiah and Mary already had three children, Patrick John, Ellen and Denis Francis all born in the Bellarine district.

To be continued....

Daniel Quinane

As was reported in the last edition of the Family Flyer, Daniel and his wife, Ellen Stapleton also moved to the Bellarine Peninsula some time after their marriage. There children, Michael (1857), Mary (1859), John (1860), Daniel (1862), Catherine (1864) and Jeremiah (1865) were all born at Indented Head in the Bellarine area.

Daniel notified in the Geelong Advertiser (1867/69) that he was the Licensee of the Drysdale Hotel in Ryrie Street and gave notice of his intention to apply for transfer of the license to Martin Shea, Geelong. At Geelong Petty Session Court 23/12/1868.

Remember that Daniel and Ellen had moved to the Irrewarra/Colac area prior to Ellen's death in 1872. Daniel made the following statement in relation to the death of his wife Ellen:

"Daniel Quinane in his oath saith, I am a farmer and reside near Ondit and was the Husband of the deceased Ellen Quinane, on Wednesday morning about 11 am the 20th inst I heard of the accident to the deceased, I went to Willises Hotel and saw her there, she said I have met with an accident, I was going home in a wagon and while going down Boucher's Hill I was sitting in the front of the wagon the horse bolted and kicked me in the leg. She said there was a man with her driving the horse but that there was no blame to be attached to him as it was a mear accident."

Sworn at Irrewarra this 26th day of August 1872 - Signed Daniel Quinane.

Daniel must have remained in the Irrewarra/Colac district after Ellen's death for Baillere's Victorian Directory for 1880-81 has Daniel living at Fresh Lake Warrion as a Farmer. However, the Wise's Post Office Directory for 1884-94 has Daniel living at Loddon Vale in Victoria and the 1897-98 edition has him living at Corop in Victoria.

The Geelong Advertiser 1881 - notes that Dan Quinane was leaving the district. His 213 acre property fronting Bellarine Road (10 miles from Geelong) opposite late Mr Cuthberts gate was up for auction (26/11/1881).

To be continued.

Michael Quinane

Remember that Michael had arrived in 1879, moved to Colac to be with his brother Daniel and married Elizabeth Sharp in 1880. Their children were Mary (1881), Michael (1882), Catherine (1884), Margaret (1886), John (1888), Jane (1890), Michael (1892), Elizabeth Agnes (1895), James (1898), and Daniel (1904).

Unfortunately, their second child Michael died in 1892, their daughter Catherine died in 1898.

To be continued

Peter Quinane

Little is known of this Peter Quinane. Wise's Post Office Directory has a Peter Quinane living in Church St Fitzroy in 1884-85, and there is also an unknown Peter Quinane who married a Mary Ryan in Victoria in 1880.

The Geelong Advertiser of 5/6/1878 lists the office bearers of the Drysdale Branch (Geelong & Western District St Patrick's Society). Committee members were Patrick and Peter Quinane.

There is also an unknown Peter Quinane who died in Melbourne Hospital in 1898, aged 57.


Quinane - Surname Origins and History

The Rev. Patrick Woulfe's book, Irish Names and Surnames lists the following:

o cuineain - O Kinane, O Kynnan, Cunnane, Kinane, Kinnane, Guinane, Guinnane, Guinan, Quinane, Quenan, Queenane, &c; des of Cuinean (an attenuated form of Conan); a var. of O Coineain, q.v.; a common surname in many parts of Ireland. There is also a distinct surname O Cuinneain, q.v. (Page 489)

o cuinneain - I - O Kinnane, O Kynnan, Kinnane, Guinnane, Quinane, & c; des of Cuinnean (dim of Conn). This surname was in use in Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, and perhaps other places, but is now impossible to distinguish from O Cuineain, q.v. (Page 490).

The "Historic Families", manufacturers and supplies of Heraldic Goods, Aston House, Aston Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland supplied the following Quinane Blazon of Arms:


Gules a lion passant guardant or, in base a human heart arg.


A dexter cubit arm holding a flaming sword all ppr.


Fortiter et fideliter.
Bolding and faithfully

Here is a picture of this Quinane Family Crest:



The Historical Research Center has provided the following histories of the surnames KINNANE and QUEENAN:


It is impossible to say when the first hereditary families names originated although it is known that the Chinese society has had this type of name since the fourth century BC. In the Western world, the ancient Romans had the most sophisticated system of appellation, but this was lost after the fall of the empire. Ireland was the first European country to adopt hereditary surnames after the decline of Rome and they have been recorded there as early as the tenth century. At this time the Irish had converted to Christianity, while the rest of Europe was still in the Dark Ages. Literature and art flourished and the use of surnames allowed pedigrees of the noble families of Ireland to be recorded for posterity.


The Irish surname KINNANE is an anglicised form of the Gaelic "O'Cuinnain" and is found in counties of Tipperary in Munster and Sligo and Roscommon in Connacht. The name is of patronymic origin, being derived from the first name of a father. The suffix "-an" indicates that the surname is a diminutive form of the personal name. Thus, the surname literally denotes "the son of little Conan". In parts of the province of Connacht, the surname Cunnane is synonymous with this name. Cunnane evolved from the Gaelic "O Cuinneain" which denotes "the son of little Conn" and the name Kinnane is of similar origin. However, Kinnane is most numerous in Co. Tipperary. Cuinane is also a synonym of the surname Kinnane.
One Ally Kinnane, a thirty year old servant, sailed on board the "Thetis", from Limerick to New York in the year 1851 (Irish Famine Immigrants).

Blazon of Arms: Argent, a fesse sable cotised gules between
two fleurs-de-lis of the second.
Translation: Argent (white) denotes Peace and Sincerity.
The fleur-de-lis is the symbol of Faith, Wisdom and Valour.
Crest: A fleur-de-lis sable
Origin: Ireland


The Irish surname Queenan is an anglicized form of the Gaelic "O Cuinneain" and is found in counties Sligo and Roscommon in Connacht. The name is of patronymic origin, being derived from the first name of a father. The suffix "-an" indicates that the surname is a diminutive form of the personal name. Thus, the surname literally denotes "the son of little Conan". In parts of the province of Connacht, the surname Cunnane is synonymous with this name, while other scholars believe that Queenan is an attenuated form of the surname Conan. Cunnane evolved from the Gaelic "O Cuinneain" which denotes "the son of little Conn" and the name Kinnane is of similar origin. However, Kinnane is most numerous in Co. Tipperary. Cuinane is also a synonym of the surname Queenan.

Blazon of Arms: Argent, a fesse sable, cotised gules, between two fleurs-de-lis of the second.
Translation: Argent (white) denotes Peace and Sincerity.
The fleur-de-lis is the symbol of Faith, Wisdom and Valour.
Crest: A fleur-de-lis sable as in the arms
Origin: Ireland

The "Hall of Names" has provided the following history of the surname Quinane:

The Pictish race, one of the founding races of the British Isles, arrived in Scotland from Brittany about the 15th century BC The surname Quinane is believed to be descended from this race. Migrating from northwest France they .sailed northward to Ireland where they were refused permission to land, but they were allowed by the Kings or Ireland to locate in the eastern part or Scotland with the proviso that all their Kings marry Irish Princesses. According to the Venerable Bede, England's oldest historian, this established their matriarchal hierarchy, rare in the annals of British history.

Nechtan was the first recorded Pictland King, about 724 AD, although, according to Roman history, Pictish kings before him had fought gallantly at Hadrian's Wall against the Roman invasion many centuries before. Their rivals to the west, the Dalriadans or the highlanders of the Western Isles, were their constant foes -in the battle for supremacy for power over all Scotland, known then as Alba, or Caledonia.

Nechtan was finally expelled from Pictland by Alpin, half Dalriadan, half Pict, the result or a political marriage. Alpin's son Kenneth MacAlpine, son of Alpin, became the first recorded King of Scotland as we know it today. The Picts, compressed by the northern invasion of the Oradian Vikings from the north who penetrated as far south as Caithness, were left with a territory on the eastern coast of Scotland from Aberdeen, south to Edinburgh.

From some or the many early records researchers examined such documents as the Inquisitio, 1120 AD , the Black Book of the Exchequer, the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, The Ragman Rolls, the Chronicles of the Picts and Scots, and various cartularies of parishes in Scotland. From these archives they produced the early records of the name in Kincardineshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some .say well before the Norman Conquer and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD

The spelling of the surname Quinane was found in many different forms. Although your name Quinane occurred in many references from time to time- the, surname was spelt Conan, Conane, Conad, Connan, Connant, Conant, and some or these versions are still used today. These changes in spelling frequently occurred, even between father and son. For instance, one clanswoman was recorded being born as Moffit, married as Moffat, and the .spelling Moffett appeared on her headstone. Preferences for spelling variations either stemmed from a division of the family, had religious reasons, or sometimes patriotic reasons. Scribes and church people frequently selected their own version of what they thought the spelling should be.

The family name Quinane emerged as a Scottish Clan or family in this territory. More specifically they developed in their original territory or Kincardineshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated in the lands of Conan in the Mearns in that Shire. They are said to be descended from Conan of Glenorchy, the illegitimate son of Henry, Earl or Atholl. Conan of Balquhidder rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. They later acquired the lands of Tulloch and a toft at Kethyk in Forfar. Later they moved south to England and acquired Lyndon Hall in Rutland and Willoughby Hall. Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Arthur Conant.

During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Scotland was ravaged by religious conflict. The newly found passionate fervour of Presbyterianism and the Church of Scotland rejected all who could not pass "The Test" of taking an oath or belief in the Church. Those failing the "Test" were frequently hanged, drawn and quartered in the High Street, or more kindly banished to the Colonies, to Australia or to the Carolinas.

Meanwhile, the Roman Church still fought to retain its status. Many Clansmen were freely "encouraged to migrate to Ireland. From 1603 to 1790, Scottish Clans and families were recruited from the English Scottish border and north of Edinburgh to populate northern Ireland with Protestant stock faithful to the new religion or the crown. Many heads or families migrated from Scotland to Ireland during this period. They became known as the "Scotch/Irish". In Ireland they .settled in Connacht where the name became a variant of Cunnane.

The migration or banishment to the New World also continued, some went voluntarily from Ireland, but most went directly from Scotland, their home territories. Some also moved to the European continent. The sailed to the New World across the stormy Atlantic aboard the small .sailing ships known as the "White Sails". These overcrowded ships, sometimes spending two months at sea, were racked with disease, sometimes landing with only 60% or their original passenger lists.

In North America, some of the first migrants which could be considered kinsmen of the surname Quinane, or having a variation of the family surname spelling included Christopher Conant who settled in Plymouth Mass. in 1623; as did Roger and his wife in the same year; Roger Conant and his wife settled in Maine in 1623; Samuel Conant settled in Nantucket, Mass in 1823; Mr Conand settled in New Orleans La. In 1822; C Connan settled in New Orleans in 1821; James and Nancy Connan landed in New York state in 1823.

From the original ports of entry immigrants moved westward, some to the middle west, some across the prairies to the west coast. During the War of Independence allegiances were divided. Some remained American whilst others became United Empire Loyalists and moved to Canada.

The name was prominent in the arts, science, commerce and the professions. Many prominent people represent this notable name Quinane, James Bryan Conant, Ph.D., American Scientist, Educator and Author, New York state; Ralph Wendell Conant, Educator Texas.

In researching the family name Coat of Arms we traced the most ancient grant of Arms to the family name. However, other grants were made to different branches of the family which may be equally appropriate.

The most ancient grant of a Cost of Arms found was:

Silver with a Black Cross.

Happy Birthday!!

Birthdays - October 1998



Record No:

2 Oct 1946 Peter Quinane


3 Oct 1969 Damien Joseph Barnett


4 Oct 1932 Desmond Kelly


4 Oct 1944 Peter Gannon


5 Oct 1966 Paul Francis Quinane


6 Oct 1936 James Sidney Conway


7 Oct 1960 Lyn Maree Ward


7 Oct 1985 Annie Richmond


8 Oct 1925 Mary Patricia Quinane


8 Oct 1967 Patrick Francis Craddock


8 Oct 1983 Kiera Loren Natasha Quinane


9 Oct 1983 Gregory Fletcher


10 Oct 1953 William John (aka John) Quinane


10 Oct 1967 Louise Mary Oswald


10 Oct 1984 Sue Ellen Gaylard


13 Oct 1941 Robert O'Dea


17 Oct Eliabeth Jane Hurley


17 Oct Paul Corbett


18 Oct 1975 Michelle Izzard


19 Oct 1952 Clare Hall


21 Oct 1948 Donna Meade


22 Oct 1959 John Gerard Mcdonnell


22 Oct 1971 Michelle O'Dea


24 Oct 1964 Jane Francis Hill


25 Oct 1949 Maureen Lynne Neave


25 Oct 1963 Peter James Delahunty


31 Oct 1957 Janine Marie Quinane




Birthdays - November 1998

Birthday Name

Record No:

1 Nov 1947 Peter Hurley


1 Nov 1961 Kathleen Hurley


2 Nov 1937 Frank Quinane


4 Nov 1981 Daniel Patrick Kelly


5 Nov 1976 Matthew Hall


5 Nov 1976 Michele Quinane


7 Nov 1937 Mary Kershaw


7 Nov 1944 Valerie Margaret Quinane


8 Nov 1962 Julie Barnes


9 Nov 1979 Timothy Fletcher


10 Nov 1926 Kathleen Hurley


12 Nov 1955 John Hurley


13 Nov 1939 John Byrne


13 Nov 1960 Therese Anne Carroll


13 Nov 1967 Lisa Margaret Barnes


13 Nov 1980 Tony Morrish


14 Nov 1919 Joan Patricia Whelan


14 Nov 1946 Marilyn Ann Quinane


15 Nov 1965 Maragret Keogh


15 Nov 1976 Belinda Michelle Nicholls


17 Nov 1891 Cecil Craddock


17 Nov 1974 Shelli Jane White


18 Nov 1914 Shiela Hurley


20 Nov 1969 Mary Anne Wheeler


21 Nov 1947 Kathleen Izzard


22 Nov 1960 Jennifer Vendy


22 Nov 1978 Clayton Leigh White


23 Nov 1925 Kevin Patrick Carroll


24 Nov 1994 Abby Jane Delahunty


26 Nov 1909 Dorothy Mularvey


26 Nov 1967 Alicia Ann Barnett


27 Nov 1959 Brian Keogh


29 Nov 1876 Lewis Quinane


29 Nov 1921 Autun Ivec


29 Nov 1925 Eileen Keogh


29 Nov 1984 Chantelle Meade



Birthdays - December 1998

Birthday Name

Record No:

1 Dec 1964 Mary Quinane


1 Dec 1965 Sandra Barnes


1 Dec 1984 Bradley Whymark


4 Dec 1959 Phillip Nunn


4 Dec 1977 Michael O'Dea


4 Dec 1978 Sean Charles O'Dea


5 Dec 1979 Dale Gaylard


7 Dec 1956 Judith Anne Kelhear


7 Dec 1984 Angela Hall


8 Dec 1950 Anne Marie Pys


9 Dec 1939 Caroline Mary Oswald


10 Dec 1910 Rose Tait


11 Dec 1941 Elizabeth Whelan


12 Dec 1995 Caitlin Jane Quinane


14 Dec 1966 Stacey Maree Barnett


17 Dec 1926 Patricia Packer


18 Dec 1955 Colleen Mary Morrish


19 Dec 1935 Kathleen Patricia Hevern


20 Dec 1968 John Keogh


21 Dec 1961 Christina Keogh


21 Dec 1972 Loiuse Kershaw


22 Dec 1966 Stephen Gerald Hevern


25 Dec 1858 Thomas Craddock


25 Dec 1978 Sarah Lynn Davis


27 Dec 1990 Mitchell Dale Ward


28 Dec 1957 John Francis Carroll


29 Dec 1933 Kathleen Kelly


29 Dec 1945 Richard O'Dea


30 Dec 1965 Kerry Nunn


31 Dec 1961 Helen Mewburn


Missing Links

I have repeated this from last month's newsletter - someone out there must know who some or all of these people are - your help in grafting them onto our family tree would be much appreciated!!

1868 in Victoria, John Quinane married Honora Hynes

1901 in Victoria, Clara Quinan(e) married George Irwin Austin

1905 in Victoria, Annie Quinane married David Murray Ritchie

1908 in Horsham, Marg Eliza Quinan(e) married Unknown May

1908 in Victoria, Mary Quinane married William (?) Kilpatrick

1918 in Victoria, Daniel Quinane married Louise Pascoe

1918 in Victoria, Peter Quinane married Maggie Theodora Overett

20/9/1917 at Creswick Vic, Mary Quinane aged 76 died

1898 at Melbourne Hospital, Peter Quinane aged 57 died

1903 at Beechworth, Vic, Brdget Quinane aged 54 died

1907 at Melbourne East, Vic, John Quinane aged 75 died

1920 at Beechworth, Vic, Mary Quinane aged 72 died

1968 at Ararat, Vic Louise Quinane (nee Pascoe) died aged 94

1880 in Victoria, Peter Quinane (born Tipperary, Ireland) married Mary Ryan

3/12/1901 at Gordon, Vic, Jeremiah Quinane aged 50 died

1895 at Ballarat, Vic, John Quinane aged 82 died

Your contributions!!


I can probably fill up a dozen or so Family Flyers with the history of the Quinanes in Australia and while its interesting knowing what our forebears did and how and where they lived, I'm sure that we have loads of interesting and memorable stories arising from the lives of the Quinanes and their relatives who are alive!

So once again I encourage, no urge, you to write down some of these stories and send them to me so that we can all share some of the living history of the Quinanes!

Please copy the Family Flyer and pass it on to other relatives or friends who may be interested reading about the Quinanes and their relatives in Australia.

For those of us with access to the internet, you can find the Family Flyer through the Quinane Genealogy Link at
and you can email Terry Quinane at

For those of us not connected to the internet, you can write to me at 48 Wheadon Street, Monash, ACT 2904. Those without internet access who want to keep receiving the Family Flyer are asked to send $5.00 to pay for postage and printing.

Be Watching for the next edition in January 1999

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