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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Mick" Michael QUAIN

Born C.1874 in Ireland [86: 23-Jun-1942]
Cordial Maker in Leonora, Western Australia in 1903 [50]
Cordial Manufacturer in Sandstone, Western Australia in 1910 [50]
Married widow Mrs "Kathleen" Catherine Helen Philbert COFFEY in 1910 [15]
Along with his wife ran the Sandstone Hotel in Sandstone 1911-1915 [6]
In 1915 he and his wife took over the Commonwealth Hotel on Marine Terrace in Geraldton [86: 5-Oct-1915, 22-Jun-1920]
     They ran the Commonwealth Hotel in Geraldton from 1915 to 1920 [6] [86: 5-Oct-1915]
     Following his wife's death in 1920 he ran the Commonwealth Hotel on his own until 1926 [86: 22-Jun-1920, 3-Jul-1926, 23-Jun-1942]
     He had a half-share in the hotel with the other half being held by Charles C. MALEY and Mrs Sara T. MALEY [86: 3-Jul-1926, 19-Jul-1927]
     Mrs MALEY, previously and later of Three Springs, was manager of the hotel for the five years 1922-1926 [86: 3-Jul-1926, 19-Jul-1927] [44]
     During the five years the hotel made enough to repay £1,900 owing for furniture and a profit of £2,600 [86: 19-Jul-1927]
     He received half of the £2,600 while Charles C. MALEY and Mrs Sara T. MALEY received a quarter each [86: 19-Jul-1927]
     After 11 years as lessees of the hotel their lease expired and they held their "Parting Drink" at 7 p.m. on 3 July 1926 [86: 3-Jul-1926]
Resided in Three Springs 1927-1933 [19]
     His stepson "Mick" Clifford F. COFFEY had already been living in Three Springs for a few years [19]
     Farmer on Charles C. MALEY's Parakalia Farm in Three Springs in 1927 [19] and he was Labourer in Three Springs in 1931 [50]
     Sent a wreath to the funeral of Charles C. MALEY, M.L.A. at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 16 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
     In August 1932 he was seriously ill resulting in him being taken from Three Springs to Perth for medical attention [86: 1-Sep-1932]
Cordial Manufacturer on Henty Street in Yalgoo in 1936 and 1937 [50]
Passed away at the age of 68 years at the Saint John of God Hospital in Geraldton [86: 23-Jun-1942]
Stepfather of John Edward, "Mick" Clifford Felix and Kathleen Mary COFFEY [15] [86: 23-Jun-1942]
Died 22 June 1942; buried at Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton, Western Australia [26]

From The Geraldton Guardian and Express newspaper, Tuesday 23 June 1942:
The Late Mr M. Quain
"The death occurred of a well known Geraldton and Murchison goldfields identity in the St. John of God Hospital early on Monday morning with the passing of the late Mr. Michael Quain. The deceased, who was sixty-eight years of age, was a native of Ireland and immigrating to Victoria he was subsequently attracted by the gold boom on the Murchison goldfields at the beginning of the century. He resided at various centres on the goldfields, and was well and favourably known at Sandstone and another of the then prosperous towns, which sprang into being as the resul tof the discovery of gold. In 1916 the late Mr. Quain took over the lease of the Great Northern Hotel (then known as the Commonwealth Hotel), and managed the hotel till 1925. It was during this period that the late Mr. Quain sustained the loss of his wife, who died in 1921. Leaving Geraldton he was again attracted to the goldfields and for several years resided at Yalgoo. In more recent years he has been in failing health and had lived in retirement. Whilst in Geraldton the late Mr. Quain took a live and practical interest in the local turf and greatly assisted the sport. He is survived by one step-daughter (Mrs. W. Raynor, of Meekatharra) and two steps-sons (Mr. C. F. Coffey, of Three Springs, and Mr. J. E. Coffey. who recently returned with the A.I.F. from the Middle East). The funeral was held this morning at the Catholic Cemetery at Utakarra, following the celebration of Requiem Mass at St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral by the Rev. Father B. Gallagher, administrator. At the graveside the prayers were recited by the Rev. Father M. T. Moffatt. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Coffey, of Three Springs, and Mrs. Raynor, of Meekatharra. The pall-bearers were Messrs. L. J. Chapman. R. Heffernan, L. W. Shepheard, J. J. Brown, J. Shea and E. T. Logue. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Aidan Pinder, of Forrest Street, Geraldton."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Michael Quain' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

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