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QUINN / QUIN – Patrick Royal Artillery 8th Battalion and 25th Brigade Depot

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Royal Artillery Badge
NameQUINN / QUIN – Patrick
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 8th Battalion and 25th Brigade Depot
Regiment Number (s) 1
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th November 1846 / 18 years / Londonderry Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Fair / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 6 years 202 days
Bengal East Indies – 6 years 146 days
Length of Service21 years 205 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant Major / 26th May 1868 / Netley Hampshire England
Campaign MedalsSouth African Medal 1834-1853 Kaffir Wars- Gunner or driver 4th Company 8th Battalion Royal Artillery
Intended Residence at
Ipswich England
Pension Districts1868 Ipswich
1869 Woolwich
1871-1903 Western Australia
Pension Paid2/6d per diem
1881 Increased to 2/11d per diem for service Enrolled Force Western Australia
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1870 London England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
STRATHMORE 29th January 1871
Date/Place of Birthc1828 Stranorlar Parish, Donegal, Ireland (near town of Fort Lebret)
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Unknown Dorothea
c1827 Cape of Good Hope South Africa
Date/Place of MarriageCape of Good Hope (deduced)
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Not Applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 3rd February 1871 – Shipping Intelligence
Various articles September and October 1885 relating to conviction – see further information
The West Australian Sat 7 Feb 1903 death at Fremantle Hospital
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial4th February 1903 Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia
Buried Roman Catholic Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
20th December 1905 Perth WA
Buried Karrakatta Cemetery (Anglican)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1851 March – British Army, Worldwide Index – Royal Artillery: 8th Battalion – 4th Company Location: Woolwich & Purfleet
In the 1861 Census P Quinn, age 33, an Artillery sergeant, born Ireland is living at the Sheerness Barracks Sheppey Kent with his wife D Quinn age 34 who was born at the Cape of Good Hope.
1869 Discharge notes exemplary conduct and possession of Medal and Gratuity for Long Service Leave and Good Conduct
Discharge due to Asthemia (sic)
Shipping Intelligence from newspaper 3rd February 1871 states “man and wife arrived”.
1880 Patrick Quinn is on the Nominal List for the Enrolled Guard living in the No 1 Barracks Fremantle with his wife (no children)
12th January 1881 Mrs Quinn wife of Sergeant Quinn one of the magazine warders has applied for the position of caretaker Government House Fremantle
24th January 1881 Sergeant Quinn has permission to leave the Barracks and live at Government house – his wife being appointed caretaker
8th April 1882 Allowance of £1 per month paid to Mrs Quinn caretaker of Government house
8th October 1885 Convicted of unlawfully carnally knowing a girl aged 10 years. Sentenced to 2 years in prison. Half pay suspended. Other half paid to wife
14th December 1885 Mrs Quinn the caretaker of Government Cottage Fremantle says her present allowance is insufficient £1 per month raised to £2 from 1st November. 

SROWA Cons 527 1890/883
North Fremantle 2nd March 1890
Sir I humbly beg to solicit His Excellency’s kind favor (sic) hoping you will kindly recommend me for some employment, as I am very badly off/
I have been unfortunate in getting into trouble, after serving Her Majesty faithfully for nearly forty years. One false step – a step I will ever regret has blighted my past and future life.
I would be glad of any situation even if the remuneration were only free quarters with my pension I might be able to live.
I have to be Sir,
Your Excellency’s obedient humble servant
Patrick Quin, late Government Cottage


10th March 1890 Malcolm Fraser
Inquire from Sergeant Major McCarthy is it practical to find a couple of rooms for Pensioner Quin anywhere in the barracks/ I really do not know what work he can do, will see if anything can be found for him. I thought he and his wife kept a shop.
14th March 1890 Sgt McCarthy
I can let Patrick Quin have 2 rooms that were handed over to the Immigration Department temporary.
2nd March 1890 Patrick Quin Petitioned the Governor asking for employment as he was “very badly off” after committing what he describes as a false step. Although at a loss to find him employment he and his wife were allotted 2 rooms at the barracks

1891 Pensioner Quin and his wife are occupying 2 rooms at the Barracks Fremantle.