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Quinn, Dora

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1870
Place of birth Manoora, SA
Principal occupation Publican
Date of death 1941
Place of decease Willunga

Dorothy Anne (“Dora”) Philomena Lysaght was born probably at Manoora near Clare in about 1870. She was the daughter of Andrew Lysaght (1840-1881) and Honora O’Connell (1846-1931).

On 26 April 1898 “Dora” Lysaght, aged 28 years, married James William Quinn, aged 37 years, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Willunga. James William Quinn (1861-1904) held the license for the Willunga Hotel at 5 High Street for 7 years, from 20 September 1897 until his death in 1904. Dora and James had three children:

  • James Andrew (“Andrew”) (1899-1940) was born at Willunga and remained unmarried. He died at Willunga and is buried in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Willunga.
  • Mary Bridget (“Mollie”) (1900-1995) was born at Willunga and remained unmarried. She died at Willunga and is buried in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Willunga.
  • Dorothy Ann (1903-1903) was born and died at Willunga as an infant. She is buried in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Willunga.

Dora’s younger sister, Bridget Mary Lysaght, aged just 20 years, was staying at Willunga when she died on 30 June 1900. Dora’s daughter, Mary Bridget (“Mollie”), was born just five weeks later on 8 August 1900 and was therefore probably named after her deceased aunt.

James William Quinn died, aged 43 years, on 12 June 1904 at his residence, the Willunga Hotel, leaving his widow, Dora, with two young children under 6 years: Andrew, aged 5, and Mollie, nearly 4. He was buried in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Willunga.

Dora continued to hold the licence for the Willunga Hotel for 37 years after James’ death until her death in 1941. She also leased the Hotel building (part of Lot 45) from its owners, the South Australian Brewing Company of Adelaide, from 1905 until 1941.

During the First World War, Dora was a loyal contributor to Cheer Up Society events in Willunga. In 1916, she was one of the members who worked energetically, forwarding hampers and cases of fruit weekly, as well as parcels of woollen goods and kitbags, to the Cheer-up Hut in Adelaide. Both Dora and, later, her daughter Mollie were very active for many years in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Willunga.

In August 1919, Dora was fined £2 with £1 costs in the Magistrates Court at Willunga for “having unlawfully supplied liquor”, apparently her only “run-in” with the law. After the First World War, Dora continued to run the hotel with the help of Mollie and Andrew. Andrew was a keen lawn bowler and Mollie enjoyed playing croquet at the St Peter’s Terrace Ladies Croquet Club, Willunga.

Dora Quinn (née Lysaght) died, aged 71 years, at Calvary Hospital on 15 March 1941. She is buried in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Willunga.

Sources

  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • SAILIS CT 449/33
  • Southern Cross 6 July 1900:10
  • The Express & Telegraph 1July 1901:2
  • Chronicle 25 June 1904:25
  • Chronicle 30 Aug 1919:36
  • Southern Cross 6 Dec 1940:10
  • Southern Cross 18 April1941:4
  • News 15 March 1941:6
  • The Mail 15 March 1941:8
Mrs Dorothy Quinn with daughter Mary (Molly) and son Andrew (Andy), 1934
Mrs Dorothy Quinn with daughter Mary (Molly) and son Andrew (Andy), 1934


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