Miss Minnie Quinlan (c.1860-1949)

Mary (Minnie) Quinlan was born about 1860 to Patrick Quinlan, quarryman, and Mary Maloney, in County Clare, Ireland. It seems the family left Ireland for personal reasons, perhaps following Patrick’s death, as she appears in official records in the 1861 Census in Liverpool, England when she was 3 years old. She is listed with her brother Patrick age 2, a baby of three months and her mother then 22, all of whom lived with her father’s brother, Thomas Quinlan, a tailor aged 45. Mary arrived in Australia as an assisted immigrant in the early 1880s. A shipping arrival record for 1884 shows a … Continue reading Miss Minnie Quinlan (c.1860-1949)

Katoomba Children’s Library & Crafts Club

The opening ceremony, at the podium from left: Mary Matheson, Joseph Jackson MLA, Hon. Clive Evatt, Dr Eric Dark, Eleanor Dark, Michael Dark on chair, Mayor Freelander, B J Milliss Elsie Rivett, and her sister Mary Matheson, were the founders of the Children’s Library and Craft Movement. In 1922 they opened the first Children’s Library and Crafts Club in Surry Hills, Sydney. The Katoomba branch was apparently the eighth to be established.The following is compiled from contemporary newspaper reports. “Boys’ and Girls’ Library and Craft Club Nearing CompletionMost mothers have had, at some time, to cope with a complaint from their … Continue reading Katoomba Children’s Library & Crafts Club