ROBERT DENY DENISON QUINAN, GRAZIER, POUNDKEEPER, LIMEBURNER AND TEACHER, VIC., AUST.
Somewhere, perhaps in reports of James Ford's and Peter Purves' dodgy petition of (1859?) against the proposed fence from White Cliff to the back beach (to keep the Ford/Purves bullocks out of the police paddock), the story being in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD and Jenny Nixon's FAMILY, CONNECTIONS, SORRENTO AND PORTSEA -or a rate record of about that time, R.Quinan was named as a lime burner. Could he have been the early Dromana teacher I thought. Surely not, I decided! Now I think he was.
The Braybrook pound in 1850 was at about Melway 27 E 8, so what's this got to do with pioneers of the Mornington Peninsula?
IMPOUNDED At Braybrook, 21st
I dark red bullock', supposed brnnd KN
or KN off ribs, lina apiece of green
hide round his neck
If not released on or before the 1.0th
day of February next, he will bo sold ut
the Pound Yard, according to Act of
R. D. QUINAN,
Pound keeper. (P.1, Argus, 6-2-1850.)
Robert Deny Denison Quinan born in Dublin about 1816, arrived in Port Phillip as a passenger aboard the ship China from London and Plymouth in 1840. From around until June 1847, Quinan was in partnership with Charles Ryan as a stockholder at Kilfera on the Broken River. Several children were born to Quinan and Frances Emma, nee Shackcloth, during this time.
In October 1852 Quinan had been dismissed as poundkeeper. In 1853 he was accused of stealing a surveyor's compass.
By 1857 the Quinans had moved to the Point Nepean area. Quinan had established a private school at Dromana by November 1860, his wife assisting with teaching the pupils. The following year, he asked that his establishment become a national school, a request which was granted on 1 June 1861.
P.174-5,STEELE CREEK AND THE LADY OF THE LAKE, Christine Laskowski.
The next paragraph tells the story of Robert's suicide but does not mention the part time book-keeping job for the Kangerong Road Board and the discrepancy of 5 pounds presented by Colin McLear on page 130-131 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Neither Colin nor my longtime Keilor Historical Society friend Chris mentioned the daughter who married James Purves,( son of Peter who died in 1860 and was buried in today's Point Nepean Park near the Quarantine Station.)
Emily Caroline Quinan b. 16-3-1844 at Broken River (Benalla)
married James Purves on 16-6-1862. Both died at Rosebud (Green Hills in Purves Rd of course), Emily on 4-8-1910 and James on 6-11-1913. (MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN, Hec Hanson and Petronella Wilson.)
QUINAN.— On the 21st of June, at 'Green
Hills.' Dromana, Victoria, Frances Emma, in
her 85th year, relict of the late R. D. D.
Quinan, and mother of Mrs, John Laird,
Gawler, Mrs. James Purves, Victoria, and
Robert and Arthur Quinan, W. A., and sister
in-law of Lady - Ribton, Henry and Dr. E.
Quinan, Dublin, Ireland. Dublin papers please
copy.(P.2, Bunyip ,Gawler S A., 5-7-1907.)
I'm writing a review of Christine's fabulous book as I did for Rosalind Peatey's one about the Peninsula.
on 2018-05-01 15:23:07
Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.