52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #26 Thomas Quirk 1835 -1908 Obituary

Posted: August 10, 2014 in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Quirke

Molong Express 12th December 1908

The death occurred at Mosman on Friday of Mr. Thomas Quirk, for many years a resident of Wellington (says the “Times”) and took an active part in many of the incidents that marked the early history of the district. The   deceased gentleman, who was 73 yearsof age, left Wellington a few years ago and went to Mosman, where he resided with his wife and some of the members of his family.

He had been in delicate health for the past nine months, but the end came rather suddenly. The cause of death was heart failure. As had been mentioned, the late Mr. Quirk was a well-known figure in the early days of Wellington. He was the manager of the old flour mill near the Nanima falls when it was conducted by the Messrs Kater, and when the Messrs Ferguson Bros, built the old mill in Warne-street in 1876 he became their manager. After the death of Mr. D. A. Ferguson Mr. Quirk became one of the partners and a year or two later Mr. A. Ferguson sold his interest in the mill and the firm became Messrs. Quirk, McLeod and Co. until his retirement.

Quirk took a deep interest in municipal affairs and at the elections for the first Municipal Council in July, 1879, he was elected at the top of the poll. He remained a member of the Council for many years and was thrice Mayor. Upon the death of the late Mr. Ferguson, M.L.A., a by-election took place for this electorate and Mr.Quirk, who was a candidate, was defeated by Mr. T. H. York by a few votes. Parliament was dissolved almost immediately and another contest be- tween Mr. Quirk and Mr. York resulted in the return of the latter by a slightly increased majority. The late Mr.Quirk was held in high respect by all classes of the community and the older residents of the district remember with appreciation the great public service he rendered. He leaves a widow and grown up family, the members of which are as follows Mrs. Bourke, of Clif- ton, Mrs. E. O’Brien, of Mosman, Misses Lorrie and Lena Quirk, Mos- man, Mr. J. H. Quirk, of Wellington, Mr. J. J. Quirk, of Narrandera, Mr.  ThomasQuirk, of “Gladstone,” Bodangora, and two daughters who are nuns, one in Bathurst and the other in Dubbo. The remains of the deceased   were interred at the Gore Hill cemetery on Saturday, the Rev. Father O’Brien conducting the burial service. [The deceased was a brother of Mr. N.Quirk, of Molong. — Ed.]

Other Notices found on Thomas’ death are:

  1. Molong Argus – 11th December 1908
  2. The Catholic Press 17th December 1908
  3. Wellington Times 7th December 1908
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