Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ode to a Rose

A lonely rose, grew in a garden
Of nothing but weeds and dust,
Its’ leaves were bent and willowed
And its’ stem the colour of rust.

It had never shown its’ true form,
Till one day early in the spring,
When to this dirty unkempt garden
A small child would bring;

An offering of a pale, a spade
And a bright red hook,
Then to this plot of ground
She began to make it look;

More like a plant of beauty,
Of proud and pretty ways,
Of times she would remember:
Times of her younger days.

But the plant was not to be hurried,
For it did not bloom till late that year
And then one, but only one
Clean white rose, did appear.

Written for Jacqueline (Jacki) QUINN (1969-1970)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

If I could turn back time

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way I'd take back those words that hurt you and you'd stay

I don't know why I did the things I did I don't know why I said the things I said
Pride's like a knife it can cut deep inside
Words are like weapons they wound sometimes.

I didn't really mean to hurt you I didn't wanna see you go I know I made you cry

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words that hurt you
And you'd stay
If I could reach the stars
I'd give them all to you
Then you'd love me, love me
Like you used to do

song writer DIANE WARREN

Friday, January 8, 2016

Just Chasing Cars

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see

I don't know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for me at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

 Snow Patrol

Friday, January 1, 2016

Need you now

And I wonder if I ever cross your mind.
For me it happens all the time.

Lady Antebellum

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Somebody`s Crying

I know somebody and they cry for you
They lie awake at night and dream of you
I bet you never even know they do but somebody's crying

I know somebody and they called your name
A million times and still you never came
They go on loving you just the same I know that somebody's trying

Written by Chris Isaak

Friday, December 4, 2015

Against the wind

The years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home
And I guess I lost my way
There were oh so many roads
I was living to run and running to live
Never worried about paying or even how much I owed
Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time
Breaking all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searching
Searching for shelter again and again


Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then

I'm older now

But still running against the wind

Bob Seger

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Debutante Ball

Leanne RYAN, Patricia PEARSON, Kerry O'HARE, Jennifer MASSEY, Janet HUGHES, Gail YOUNG and Jacqueline QUINN

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Genealogy of the QUINN family

I have added some new pages to the web site today detailing the QUINN family with as much information that I currently have about members of the BRANSBY, CUTHBERTSON, WATTON and QUINN families.

I would be most pleased if you are able to provide any new information or any corrections so that I can update the information on the QUINN web site.

I would also welcome any communication from any members of the extended QUINN family tree.

Monday, March 7, 2011


Hilda was born on the 24th September 1928 and died on the 15th of July 2009. Hilda was cremated on the 20th of July 2009 and her ashes were scattered at the crematorium.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

John Noel QUINN

John Noel QUINN, born 25th December 1926, son of Owen QUINN and Martha (nee THOMPSON) of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, died on Wednesday the 9th of January 1991, at Pottsville in New South Wales, Australia, and was cremated at Tweed Heads. His ashes were returned to Hilda May WILLIAMS, friend and confidant of the past twenty years.


a notice which appeared in the ‘Gold Coaster Daily News’ on Friday 18th January 1991

On behalf of myself and the family of the late John QUINN, we thank all friends and neighbours, doctors concerned, ambulance services of NSW and QLD for their help and kindness during our sad loss.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


When John Noel QUINN retired, he and a woman named Hilda WILLIAMS toured parts of Australia in a mobile home. The last known place for Hilda WILLIAMS is Pottsville Beach North caravan park. At about the same time she could receive letters at a post office box at Hasting's Point, these two small communities being only 3 kilometers apart and some 25 kilometers south of the Queensland border in New South Wales.

Hilda was last heard of in about 2005 and it is supposed that John Noel QUINN had died prior to this time. I would welcome anyone to write to me with any information about Hilda or Noel.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


80 King St. Felixstowe
80 King St Felixstowe
It is not known why Imelda QUINN was staying at 80 King Street in Felixstowe in Suffolk when John, her husband, was joining the Royal Australian Navy in 1948.

At that time one Stanley Eric BOND was recorded as living at that address. A researcher from Suffolk, has said that she believes that the BOND family, and there were a number of them living at other addresses in Felixstowe at the time, were members of the Salvation Army.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jacqueline QUINN

Jacqueline, more commonly known as Jacki, was born about 1953 in Brisbane. She attended All Hallows school in Fortitude Valley and her younger sister Roslyn followed her there a couple of years later.

By 1969 Jacki was doing her apprenticeship as a hairdresser. She was working for a Miss KAY(e) who had a salon on about the fourth floor in a building on the corner of Queen and Edward Streets in Brisbane City on the opposite side of Edward Street to MacArthur Chambers.

Jacki was fond of going to the beach, at Maroochydore on the north coast and at Greenmount and Coolangatta on the south coast.

Jacqueline was a young lady with a natural beauty and very rarely used cosmetics. She didn't eat chocolate and had a good set of moral values, probably instilled in her by her mother, who was of a rather stern nature.

The viewer should not confuse this Jacqueline QUINN with another Jacqueline who married and later divorced a Shane Grimstone. That Jacqueline was from Victoria.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Imelda Mary QUINN

When John Noel QUINN joined the Royal Australian Navy on the 30th of August in 1948, his wife, Mary QUINN, is noted as living at 80 King Street, Walton, Felixstowe in Suffolk, England.

Imelda is recorded on the electoral roll in Queensland as either 'domestic duties' or as a nurse.

When Imelda is first listed on the electoral roll in Queensland in 1952 in the subdivision of Merthyr, her maiden name is noted as EDWARDS.

Imelda is listed at 23 Hazelwood Street, Merthyr in 1952, then at 16 Hunter Street, Southport in 1959, then 150 Moray Street, New Farm in 1963, then sometime before August in 1968 Imelda and her family are living at 5 Sydney Street, New Farm. In 1975 Imelda is listed as living at 12/151 Moray Street, New Farm and her youngest daughter, Roslyn, is listed as living with her in March 1977.

The last time Imelda is listed as living in Moray Street is 1984. In 1997 there is a listing on the electoral roll for an Imelda QUINN at Bindawalla Gardens, Bruce Highway, Burpengary, which is just north of Brisbane. This Imelda continues to be listed there until 2003.

Most recently, there are two listings for two Imelda Mary QUINNs. One is in Stafford Heights and it has been established that this is not Imelda who was married to John Noel QUINN. The other Imelda Mary Quinn is listed as living in Gleneld South which is in South Australia.

John Noel QUINN

John was born on the 25th of December in 1926 in Newcastle-on-Tyne in Northumberland in England.

He served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947 and then for two years in the Royal Australian Navy on the Shropshire.

In the electoral roll for 1959 John was recorded as living in Hunter Street in Southport with Imelda and he was described as a loco cleaner.

The last time he was recorded on the electoral roll in 1980, was at 95 Kennedy Terrace in Paddington and he was listed as a fireman.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Arrival in New Farm

23 Hazelwood Street
The first instance of the QUINN family being in the Brisbane area was when they were recorded as new voters on the electoral roll in the subdivision of Merthyr, which is a small section of the suburb of New Farm, in a bend of the Brisbane River.

The electoral roll was published on the 29th of August 1952 and it records John Noel QUINN and Imelda Mary (whose maiden name was noted as EDWARDS) as living at 23 Hazelwood Street. This is only seven doors away from 5 Sydney Street in New Farm where the family would be living 1969-70.

The QUINN family

There were five members of the QUINN family.

Father was John Noel QUINN and his wife and the mother of three daughters was Imelda Mary QUINN and I think her maiden name was EDWARDS.

I believe the eldest of the three daughters was Pam and I think she would have been born about 1951.

The second daughter was Jacqueline more commonly known as Jacki and the youngest daughter was Roslyn.

In 1969-70 Roslyn was just finishing high school and they were born about two years apart.