Patrick Quinane

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Background

Quinane and his family arrived in Melbourne on board the Wanata on 4 October 1851. Patrick was the brother of Nancy Quinane who married Matthew Ryan.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Quinane was present during the Eureka battle. He lived in a tent just outside the Eureka Stockade with his wife, Mary Quinane, and their two sons, Jeremiah, nine years, and Patrick two days old. [2]


The following statement was declared before John O'Shannassy, J.P. On 26 December 1854:

I, Patrick Quinane, if the Eureka, Ballaarat, 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 £601, was set fire to and consumed or destroyed immediately after the attack of the military and police on the stockade of the Eureka aforesaid, on the said third day of December, 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 aforesaid, 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, untitled, "An Act for the more effectual abolition of oaths and affirmation taken and made I. Various department s of the Government of New South Wales, and to substitute declarations I lieu thereof, and for the suppression of voluntary and extra-judicial oaths and affidavits. (Signed) Pat. Quinane.[1]

Patrick Sheehan and thirteen others attested to Quinane's character, as did Fr Patrick Smyth and six others.[2]

Post 1854 Experiences

After the Eureka Stockade encounter he claimed compensation for the destruction of his tent which was burnt after the Eureka battle. One of his fourteen children, Patrick junior, was born in 1855 in Ballarat. The Quinane family later farmed land at the Bellarine Peninsula and Tungamah areas of Victoria. [3]

See also

Mary Quinane

Nancy Quinane

Patrick Ryan

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.

Riot at Ballarat appointed to enquire into circumstances connected with the late disturbance at Ballarat together with the evidence taken by the board laid upon the Council table by the Colonial Secretary, by Command of His Excellency the lieutenant Governor and ordered by the Council to be printed 21st November, 1854.

References

  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  3. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

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