The Quinn's of Makikihi - Brickmaker and benefactor.

2007 photo taken on a bright sunny day- now the church has been sold and the lot overgrown.
St. Mary's Star of the Sea (1903-2010), 1686 Waimate Highway, Makikihi, 2007 photo. April 2012 photo
The bricks came from William Quinn's brickyard the land donated by his brother Nicholas Quinn.  Sold in 2010. Empty at the moment and there will be no demolishing. The two Quinn windows are now at Waimate in the Catholic Church.

Finding that there was an area adjacent to the homestead of Thomas J. Teschemaker for which no title had been issued Quinn bought it. Teschemaker made an exchange for land at Makikihi. Quinn built a sod house (standing 1962) and became a successful farmer. With clay from the property a second house was built of brick and he then proceeded to make bricks for sale, and gained silver medal for them at the Christchurch Exhibition in 1906. Any man seeking work with him obtained it, being entered on the payroll as `man with no hat' etc. The Timaru Brick Company, to avoid competition, took him into the firm, closed his works and offered the property for sale on condition that no bricks were made. The property was sold at auction and it was found that the purchaser was a Dunedin brickmaker. A few hours before settlement the chimney and kiln were demolished (William Henry Hall was hired to do it) and Quinn resumed farming - being succeeded by his sons William, John, Henry and James. The property was given the name ANNALONG.

When William QUINN settled at Makikihi, just south of Timaru, he’d never made a brick in his life but he learned. He was from County Down in Ireland and named his property "Annalong" after a seaside village near where he grew up. Read the story why they left Ireland. Bricks fired on William's Makikihi property were used to build some of Waimate’s most significant buildings - Quinn’s Arcade, the Waimate Auction Company premises and St Patrick's Church, as well as a large number of Timaru buildings, including the Sacred Heart Basilica.  296,970 bricks made at Quinn's Makikihi brickworks were taken to Waimate by traction engine for the Arcade. Initially the arcade had an attractive symmetrical brick frontage, with a large glass dome-like arch and a matching glass canopied verandah. Inside the arcade on each side were 12 small shops with four internal staircases. Following the conclusion of the Christchurch Exhibition William had brought a great deal of dismantled equipment and this was all transported to Waimate by rail and probably incorporated the the entrance of the Arcade. In 1916 the building was remodeled into 'The Arcadia Theatre and Billiard Room'. The theatre had a dress circle with 175 seats and stalls with 550 seats. Before Waimate was served with hydro power, a big gas engine drove the generator at Arcadia. After 10.30pm the gas lit streets often blacked out, so unless the lamplighter re-lit them, theatre go-ers would go home in the dark! In 1955 fire broke out and destroyed the theatre. The billiard rooms remained and it was here that Tommy Yesberg learned his sport and won the National titles in 1960, 1964 and 1975. Mr Yesberg represented New Zealand in the World Championships held in Auckland in 1975. Today, August 2012, Quninn's Arcade going to be restored by Pro-Ject Waimate.

The QUINN brothers were Irishmen - William and Nicholas QUINN from Kilkeel in County Down, well known for their farming properties and they were well off. One made bricks, had 100 men under him. They dealt in mortgages a lot to, lending and borrowing money constantly. Nicholas was married to Mary. He died 1903 and in his will he left substantial bequests including money for peals of bells for the new catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch, for Sacred Heart Church in Timaru and for the catholic church in Waimate. For Timaru and Waimate he stipulated that the bells were to be called St Nicholas, St Mary and St William, i.e. presumably after himself and his wife Mary and his brother William. Nicholas also left money to fund the building of a new Catholic Church at Makikihi and the gave the land. There is also a big QUINN house at Makikihi.

The church, St. Mary's Star of the Sea, est. 1903 at Makikihi

Constructed with Quinn bricks and the land donated by Nicholas. Compared to the 2007 photo, in bright sun and today's is in rain...quite a contrast. The church has been sold. It is overgrown now, April 2012, compared with 2007. The land it sits on was donated by Nicholas Quinn, one of the district's earliest settlers who had considerable success in the Otago gold strike. Mr. Quinn passed away a month after the church opened.

New Zealand Tablet, 16 October 1902, Page 4
October 13. A short time ago a suggestion was made to erect a new church at Makikihi. The matter was submitted to his Lordship Bishop Grimes, and, much to the delight of those who had moved in the matter, approval of the scheme was received. The question of a site, a most important item, was not allowed to stand in the way, as Mr N. Quinn, of Makikihi made a generous offer of five acres of land facing the main road about a quarter of a mile on the south side of the Makikihi hotel and to cap this liberal offer, he further gave the substantial donation of £200. Needless to say this handsome offer had the effect of sparring on others to do their utmost. Without delay plans and specifications were prepared, and the tender of Mr B. Foden, of Timaru, for labor only, was accepted. His Lordship expressed his regret that Mr Nicholas Quinn was too ill to be present, and hoped his life would be prolonged to see the completion of the work in which he had taken so great a part. They were right in saying that he (the Bishop) rejoiced with them. It was a pleasure to him to come and lay the foundation stone. The principal donations were His Lordship Bishop Grimes £5, Mr W. Quinn bricks to the value of £40 (first instalment), Mr J. Meehan £20, Parochial clergy £20, Mr P. Quinn £10. At the conclusion the band were entertained by Mr James Meehan, the choir by Mr W. Quinn, whilst his Lordship visited Mr and Mrs Nicholas Quinn.

Quinn's Arcade

Exterior view of The Arcade appeared in the Otago Witness 24 July 1907, Page 44 Following the conclusion of the Christchurch Exhibition where William had brought a great deal of dismantled equipment and this was all transported to Waimate by rail. Looks like he up cycled it! Six of the posts are still there in front.

Quinn's arcade, built in 1906 by William Quinn, with about twelve small shops goes through from High street to Grigson Street in Waimate, was one of the earliest indoor shopping arcades in New Zealand, forward thinking for that age. Purchased 2007 by Pro-Ject Waimate who had a plan for building conservation and creative re-use. A lot of money has been spent on restoration but there is little to is a massive job. History news Approximately 300,000 bricks of varying designs formed the arcade and built with Quinn's bricks, of course. In March 2012 the building had a dangerous building notice posted by the Waimate District Council and raised concerns about its safety. On the 26 June 2012 the Timaru Herald reported Quinn's Arcade 'will reopen.' Pro-Ject Waimate is working with engineers and council to get it resolved. Structural work and fire engineering reports would be carried out next. Danger notices were removed early August 2012 which clears the way for Pro-Ject Waimate to continue restoring the Arcade.

Dec 04 2018. Timaru Herald Gary Rooney has come to the rescue of the historic and dilapidated Quinn's Arcade. Pro-Ject (PJW) Waimate announced the sale on Tuesday and confirmed the sales and purchase agreement was signed on Monday. The Waimate-based rich-lister has bought the High St building for an undisclosed sum, adding to a growing portfolio in the town's central business district. Rooney has announced multiple projects in the town this year including the redevelopment of the former Waimate Hotel, demolition of its two neighbouring buildings, a proposal to demolish the Savoy Building, the Country Kitchen Building, and the Walker MacGeorge Building and the construction of a medical centre development worth close to $2 million - all on Waimate's main street.

May 2012 photo


The common bond is not constant here.

 A dangerous building notice was posted by the Waimate District Council 20 March 2012. Attached to the wall to the left of the entrance with black heavy duty duct tape. Concerns include 1. Unstable chimney, loose and unstable brickwork, which may pose a danger to members of the public and neighbouring property users. 2. There is a large amount of structural movement to the front of the building with loose keystones over the top windows. 3. The rear entranceway also has a number of structural cracks. 4. The stormwater goods are also in a neglected condition with sections unsecured.
Danger notices were removed early August 2012 after an engineer's reports signalled the building is safe.

Auction House, WaiamteWaimate District plan pdf
Category C.  These items are of District or local importance. While there preservation is encouraged by providing an opportunity for public initiatives preservation is not provided for by the District Plan rules, rather an opportunity is given for recording the items required prior to alteration or demolition.

Old Arcadia Theatre, Gigson St. and 126 High Street. Quinn's Arcade and Arcadia Theatre Facades.
Lot. 2DP 14613 and Pt lots 1,2 and 44 DP922, Pt R.S. 2513. Cat. A Originally as an indoor shopping arcade. Converted to theatre and reopened in 1920, first talkies screened 1930.

Annalong Brickworks stable and Cookshop, SH. Makikihi Cat. B. The drastic plan rules permit some flexibility with respect to significant alterations to these items.
Leg. Des: Lots 1-3 DP 7709, Lot 2 DP 5781 Brick buildings, substantial two storey stable.

Waimate Auction Rooms, High St, Waimate
Lot 2-3 DP4202 Built by Mr Daniel Buckingham c. 1879. Originally single story building, second story added early 1900 Cat. C The Waimate Auction Company premises photo on April 2012 shows the building fenced off - probably unsafe due to the recent earthquakes. H24

Artistic vision for Waimate landmark
By Claire Haren - The Timaru Herald | Saturday, 23 June 2007

MODERN DAY: Losing little of its stature, but much of the elegance of bygone days, Quinn's Arcade is destined for restoration. It is one of Waimate's most impressive buildings an incongruously grandiose arcade built between Grigson and High streets. Quinn's arcade was one of the earliest shopping malls in New Zealand, served Waimate as a picture theatre and billiards hall, and is now largely used for storage. But there is a group hoping to resurrect and restore this significant piece of Waimate's history.
The vision: To restore to the people of the Waimate district a unique piece of its history, and to offer artisans the opportunity to work in an inspirational environment.
The visionaries: Pro-Ject Waimate.
The community group has finally signed up to buy Quinn's Arcade - subject to successful fundraising - and while it has taken some four years to reach this stage, co-ordinator Sheryl Frew knows it is just the beginning of what's likely to become a million-dollar project for the small township. The vision is to restore the Arcade and establish it as a weekend venue for artisans and craftspeople. As the organisation dedicated to promoting Waimate's economic growth, Pro-Ject Waimate isn't going to compete with main street Monday to Friday retailers. It's intended the Arcade will complement the Bushtown Heritage Park and other attractions. The Arcade's history would suggest that's a wise move. The double-brick building was completed in 1906 as one of New Zealand's earliest indoor shopping malls. But it would appear owner William Quinn was over-optimistic about Waimate's future growth, and by 1918, the building had become the Arcadia Theatre, to finally close in 1955 as a result of fire. A large billiards parlour with seven billiards tables was run in the north-west side of the building for many years, and the southern side served as cloakrooms and toilets for the theatre - which seated 550 downstairs and 175 upstairs in the dress circle.
    Pro-Ject Waimate knows it is a big undertaking - significant fundraising and support for the restoration project will be needed. But Frew believes the time is right - that there is a growing appreciation in the community of the heritage of the town, fostered by the 150th celebrations and the restoration of St Patrick's Church. "We don't need to save all the buildings, but we do need to save the best, and this is the best." Waimate district councillor Peter Foley, in a letter of support to the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, reflected those sentiments. "Quinn's Arcadia represents a very positive time in the commercial development of what was then one of the most progressive towns in the South Island. It may have taken almost 100 years to once again adopt that same positive attitude in Waimate as at the turn of the 20th century. However, it would be rather nice to recognise these days of glory of the past of Waimate."
    The Historic Places Trust's southern regional office is supporting the community effort. A spokesperson says the trust knows Pro-Ject Waimate is a determined group, and says the trust will do everything possible to assist. "Community ownership is great, and the big thing is to ensure that it has some use to justify it being retained and cared for. You can't just keep buildings like that as little models. "This is a significant feature of Waimate and its past."
    Waimate's lack of progress has probably been the building's saving grace. Apart from the theatre conversion, and a more recent addition of three upstairs flats, it has remained relatively untouched. Removing parts of the lath and plaster theatre re-fit has revealed the original interior brickwork in immaculate condition. While the intention is to restore the building to its original condition, it is accepted that the theatre is part of the building's story and should be acknowledged. The Category 2 building measures 21.8 by 40.5 metres, spanning land between Grigson and High streets. Nearly 300,000 bricks were used in its construction, made at Quinn's Makikihi property Annalong. The large central arcade - blocked off part-way through as part of the theatre conversion - has a wing on each side that housed the two rows of small shops that opened into the arcade. All four corners of the building are two-storey, and all had separate staircases. It's believed just one still exists, but that's yet to be confirmed. Ornate bullnose verandahs adorned the building - six verandah posts remain on the High Street footpath, and pieces of iron lace have been retained, which will hopefully allow their eventual reconstruction. A feature of the building is the use of natural light - large archway windows at each end allow light to flood in to the central arcade. They are mirrored by arched windows above each shop door, and skylights in the roof welcomed still more light into the building. Despite its size, it's curiously difficult to see. One Waimate resident, asked to become involved in the project, had to ask where the building was. It is best seen from the far side of the road, and easy to miss when passing by in a car. "There are people who live here who don't know it's here, and most people don't know what it used to look like inside. But we're told that not a day goes by at the weekend that people are not there looking at it. Out of towners visiting just love the building." There are mysteries to solve, and Frew is hoping some of the answers may be found within the community. No-one has yet been able to find any reference to when the arcade was actually opened - for such a grandiose building, surely there must have been an occasion. One of Waimate's oldest residents, Ella Gardner, remembers the original floor as being cobbled and vehicles moving through the arcade. Old photos give the impression of a timber floor. It's not known why Quinn decided to build such an impressive structure, where he took his inspiration from, or who designed it. It's hoped some clues may be found when renovations begin. But that will be some time away. A conservation report must be prepared first, to ensure the integrity of the building remains. It's also a vital tool in applying for funds. A conservation architect is expected by the end of the year, and that person may be able to shed more light on the building's history. There's a cost in that too - $10,000 has already been received from the Lottery Grants Board towards that. But it may well be one of the least expensive parts of the project. The group already has a $50,000 grant from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury towards the $106,000 purchase price. Without the conservation plan it's difficult to accurately estimate the cost of redeveloping the building, although in broad terms, Frew says it's likely to be a million dollar project. And that means it will be a long-term project. The aim is to re-open in five years, but it's planned to have some parts opened by the end of the year. Pro-Ject Waimate wants to have an office on site within a few months, to be the public face of the project and be publicly available.

The Arcadia entrance is on High St. the Quinn's entrance is on Grigson St. Waimate. Are the black bricks painted?

Roof repairs for Quinn's Arcade By David Bruce on Mon, 26 Apr 2010 in Otago Daily Times. The Regions: North Otago
The first step in restoring what is believed to be New Zealand's first indoor shopping mall is expected to start later this year with repairs to the roof of Waimate's historic Quinn's Arcade. The restoration of the two-storey brick building, which stretches between Grigson and High Sts, is being undertaken by Pro-Ject Waimate and could cost between $1 million and $1.5 million. Pro-Ject Waimate co-ordinator Sheryl Frew said a grant from the Lottery Board's environment and heritage fund meant the roof could be repaired, making the building waterproof. The next step would be raising about $150,000 to complete detailed planning and costing and obtain resource consents from the Waimate District Council. Pro-Ject Waimate, the community economic development group, bought Quinn's Arcade for $120,000 in 2008. It envisages redeveloping it in a way that reflects its history, creating a multi-purpose building. Miss Frew said repairing the roof, which still had its original galvanised iron, was a priority in its redevelopment. As much of the original roof as possible would be retained. The next step would be replacing missing glass, particularly in the large panels on the frontage to both streets. Pro-Ject Waimate plans to meet its architect shortly to establish the further priorities and obtain an accurate cost estimate for all the work. It is also planning fundraising events to meet the cost of the resource consents process. These include promotional events, an Irish concert next month, possibly a winter dance and an open day at the arcade if tenants agree. The arcade was built between 1905 and 1907 by Makikihi businessman and farmer William Quinn. It contains 296,970 bricks from his brickworks.

New Zealand Tablet, 17 January 1907, Page 21 Advertisements Column 1

Otago Witness  24 July 1907, Page 44

1882 - Erection of a residence in brick at Makikihi for N. Quinn, Esq. Timaru Herald  9 Oct. 1882 Mr M. de H. Duval - Timaru architect
1882 - Shop, dwelling and stables for Messrs. Peacock and GEANEY. Timaru Herald 10 Aug 1882.

Timaru Herald, 14 February 1920, Page 2 NEW BRICK COMPANY
TO TAKE OVER QUINN'S WORKS. The brickworks between Otaio and Makikihi, well known as Quinn's, which has been closed for some years, is shortly to be put into commission again. A company is now being formed, under the name of Quinn's South Canterbury Brick Works, Ltd., to purchase the works and clay field. The provisional directors of the company are: Messrs .John Hutchison, J. P. Newman, Alfred Washer, and W. C. Shaw (the latter an engineer of Christchurch). The capital proposed is £10,000, in £1 shares, and a large proportion of the shares is already applied for. The re-opening of these works will be a boon to builders, who have had difficulty in getting bricks. The quality of the bricks turned cut by Mr Quinn was recognised as first class, and Mr Shaw says the plant and the clay used by the late Mr Quinn, and to be used by the company, are as good as any in the world. On the other hand, the scarcity and high prices of bricks should ensure the investment being a profitable one. Messrs Anderson and Bicknell, of Christchurch, are the promoters of the company, and Mr T. Adams is the organiser.

Timaru Herald, 23 October 1920, Page 6
The company were so satisfied with their venture in buying Quinn's brickworks, that they have since acquired Mr H. B. Kirk's brick-works in Timaru.

William QUINN

Timaru Herald, 12 June 1914, Page 6
DEATH. QUINN. On June 10, at Makakikihi, William Aloysius, second son of William and Catherine Quinn, senr, Annalong, Makikihi, in his 27th year. R.I.P. Private, interment.

Timaru Herald, 2 July 1914, Page 6
DEATH. QUINN. On July 1st at Annalong, Makikihi, William, the beloved husband of Catherine Quinn; aged 80 years. R.I.P.

Press,  2 July 1914, Page 5
Waimate. One of the early settlers of this district passed away yesterday morning in the person of Mr William Quinn, who was found dead in his bed at his home. "Annalong," Makikihi. Deceased, who was an octogenarian, had kept about despite failing health. On Tuesday he travelled by rail to Waimate and back. He was a native of the North of Ireland, and came to this district nearly forty years ago. At Makikihi his large brickworks are a landmark for railway travellers. "Quinn's Arcade," erected in Waimate in 1906 at a cost of about £9000, is a monument to deceased.

1914 OBITUARY -William QUINN
Another break in the ranks of the fast-diminishing band of pioneers occurred yesterday, when Mr William Quinn, the well-known farmer of Makikihi, passed away at the mature age of 80 years. Mr Quinn was well known throughout South Canterbury. He came to New Zealand from the North of Ireland with his brother, the late Mr Nicholas Quinn, a little over 50 years ago. They went to the Gabriel Gully gold diggings to try their luck, and after spending some time there they went to Makikihi and took up land. The late Mr Quinn was a very successful farmer, and he had a very fine farm. Farming, however, did not occupy all his attention. Possessed of an active mind and considerable enterprise, he engaged in various pursuits from time to time, one of these being the making of bricks, a good many of which have been used in Timaru and Waimate. For the purposes of this business he had a private railway siding at his home at Makikihi. He had a great liking for machinery, and from time to time imported a great many new machines for one thing or another. He was probably the first South Canterbury farmer to go in for ploughing by steam engine, and he generally had one or two threshing plants on hand. Between his farm work and brick kiln he employed a great deal of labour, and many a man has been thankful to him for finding him work when none was available elsewhere. Mr Quinn also branched out in the building line. He owned some very valuable property in Timaru and Waimate, and he it was who built what is known as Quinn's Arcade in Waimate. He had enjoyed good health nearly all his life, and he seemed much as usual on Tuesday night when he retired to bed, but yesterday morning he passed away quietly in his bed. The recent death of one of his sons by accident on the road at Makikihi was a great shock to him.

Grey River Argus 19 June 1914, Page 8 [William Aloysius Quinn age 27]
The principal evidence was given by a party of four who were returning from Waimate to Timaru in a hired car. The driver stated that he saw something lying flat on the road, and took it to be a shadow till close up. He then supposed it was a bag of coal and swerved the car but the front Wheel bumped over something, which he supposed was a lump of coal from the bag. The others behind felt no bump. The driver [John Petrie] knowing another car was following, said that he would stop and shift the bag of coal. He pulled up and on going back found it was a man. He concluded that he had run over the man's leg. When he got back another witness, a neighbour named Martin, who had been walking along the road, had searched the body, and was moving it. The car went back to Waimate for a doctor. A whisky bottle broken with the cork not drawn was found near the body. There was evidence on the road that the body had been dragged, but the car driver was sure that his car dragged nothing. The Coroner found, that deceased had died from shock the result of injuries received by being run down by a motor car, but there was no evidence to show who was the driver of the car which caused the injuries.

Timaru Herald, 22 December 1883, Page 1 Advertisements Column 1 DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP
THE PARTNERSHIP existing between NICHOLAS and WILLIAM QUINN, Makikihi, is from this date DISSOLVED by Mutual Consent. All Accounts owing to them can be Paid to John Murray, at their Store, Timaru, or to either of themselves at Makikihi, and in order to facilitate Partnership settlement Accounts must be Paid at once. They also request that all Accounts Owing by them be sent in without delay.
Makikihi, 17th Dec, 1883.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Marriages 1873-1896
[Transcripts held and indexed in bound volumes @ Christchurch Public Libraries, Central Branch]
QUINN William (signed), 45, bachelor, farmer, b. Co. Down, Ireland, res & usual residence Makikihi, Waimate,
Son of James, farmer, & Anne nee MACKIN,
Married 22 Jan 1884 in the Church of the Most Blessed Sac., Christchurch,
DUGGAN Katie (signed), 23, spinster, lady, b. Co. Kerry, Ireland, res & usual res Makikihi, Waimate, daughter of Denis, farmer, & Deborah nee O'SULLIVAN.
Witnesses: Wm HANRAHAN, dealer, Chch ; Mary DUGGAN, servant, Timaru.
Minister: L.M. GINATY, S.M.

Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Marriages 1905-1916
QUINN Ellen. 21, spins, domestic, b. Makikihi (Cant), res ChCh, usual res - (omitted), dau. of Patrick, farmer, & Margaret, nee Quinn ;
Witnesses: Henry QUINN, Makikihi, farmer, Annie O'NEILL, ChCh.
Minister: S.M MAHONY, S.M.

Land Information New Zealand [ LINZ ] Christchurch Office.

Canterbury Deeds Book Vol. 186 Fol. 431:
Death Register Entry, Timaru District, New Zealand
William QUINN, Sheep farmer
Died: 			01 Jul 1914 at Makikihi
Male: 			80 years old
Verdict of Coroner: 	Heart Failure
Father: 		James QUINN, farmer
Mother: 		Not Known QUINN formerly MACREN
Buried: 		03 Jul 1914 Waimate Cemetery
Minister at Burial: 	Rev. F. L. DIGNAN, Roman Catholic Priest
Born: 			Co. Down, Ireland.
How Long In New Zealand: 55 years.
Married at Christchurch age 50 to Catherine DUGGAN, surviving widow aged 50.
Living Issue: 		3 males; 29, 25, 21
Informant: 		Harold Jackson THOMPSON, Constable Agent of Coroner authorised in writing, Timaru.
Registrar: 		Alex MONTGOMERY. Registered 04 Jul 1914.

Probate of William QUINN late of Makikihi near Waimate, Brickmaker & Farmer
[Archives NZ, Peterborough Street, Christchurch]
Value of Estate 28,500 pounds.
Administration granted to his surviving sons James Patrick QUINN of Makikihi, farmer, John Joseph QUINN, farmer And Henry Augustus QUINN who stated that William died on or about 30 Jun 1914 having seen the body after death. Will:
To Widow 200 pounds per annum while she or any of my family live with her in my present house at Makikihi. If leave house then 250 pounds..
To: Trustees carry on estate until youngest of children reach 21 years - equal shares to children, excepting home as above while retained by wife.
I appoint any of my sons over age and as they come of age to be executors and trustees of my will. Signed 10 Oct 1912.
Witnesses: James FLEMING?, Christchurch, Merchant.   W. A. HOUSTON, Christchurch, Clerk.

1893 Electoral Roll Electorate: Waitaki

QUINN, Nicholas
Number: 2691
Voting Qual: Freehold
Res Address: Makikihi
Occupation: Farmer
Property Detail: Part Sec 6548, Waimate
QUINN, William Henry
Number: 2694
Voting Qual: Residential
Res Address: Makikihi
Occupation: Farmer
QUINN, William
Number: 2692
Voting Qual: Freehold
Res Address: Makikihi
Occupation: Farmer
Property Detail: Part Sec 6548, Waimate
QUINN, William Junr
Number: 2688
Voting Qual: Freehold
Res Address: Makikihi
Occupation: Labourer

Ashburton Guardian, 14 May 1896, Page 3 A MODEL FARM IN SOUTH CANTERBURY.
Driving through South Canterbury one is struck with the many improvements that have been going on of late, none more noticeable than those on the estate of Mr W. Quinn, situated on the South Road between Opihi and Makikihi. Here one of the finest houses, perhaps, in South Canterbury has just been finished. It contains fifteen rooms all of brick and plaster, with a massive verandah. The well laid-out grounds enclosed by handsome railings and gates much enhance the appearance of that part of the road. I have been over many homesteads in all parts of Canterbury, and after Mr John Grigg's, of Longbeach, that of Mr Quinn is the most perfect and substantial I have seen. What struck me moat of all was the spectacle of the hands at dinner in the new house. There is a grand dining-hall at the back capable of accommodating thirty hands. The walls of the room are artistically decorated and adorned with splendid pictures; the floor is carpeted, and the table is such as anyone gentle or simple may sit down to with comfort. There is no miserable common cutlery and tin plate, such as is generally seen in men's dining places on North Canterbury runs, but a handsome service of table ware with neat cutlery, and the dinner consisted of roast mutton, potatoes, and vegetables, plenty of bread, and lovely butter, milk puddings and plenty of milk with a mug of splendid tea for all— not the poverty-stricken pannikin too common elsewhere, which scalds your mouth and skins it like a potato. It would do our North Canterbury squatters good to call in at Mr Quinn's at noon and dine with the hands. Then the sleeping quarters too are excellent; airy, clean and commodious, not crammed with bunks as is the case on a run not many miles from your town, where the men are piled all round one above the other as on board ship, and where they have to dine in the same place that they sleep in. The smell in such places is often abominable, and I wonder the Board of Health does not step in and protect the workers from having to eat their food in such hovels. Well, Mr Quinn has set an example which it is to be hoped others will follow. Then as to the cooking —well, I looked for the cook, but no swearing old hand such as that functionary usually is was to be seen, and on enquiring of one of the hands how it was that they had such a splendidly arranged table he replied, "Ah! it's a woman that cooks for us— that's the cause." Yes, it makes all the difference, as well in the tastiness of the food as in the nice arrangement of the table. On the same property the finest dairy I have seen anywhere is just being finished. It is of brick, plastered, with concrete floor, and is fitted with massive marble slabs let into the wall all round for shelves, and it's very appearance, and the perfection of its arrangements, are enough to make any woman proud of being the dairy-woman. Water is supplied in abundance by windmills and tanks with pipes and taps at hand wherever needed. Mr Quinn is one of the old settlers and deserves praise for his enterprise in spending his money as he is doing, and if our large landowners generally would follow his excellent example, there would be no cry for the bursting up of their estates. Let them go and do like him, and their hands will bless them.

Timaru Herald, 14 February 1917, Page 7 MILITARY SERVICE.
Quinn, James Patrick, farmer, "Annalong," Makikihi.

Timaru Herald, 18 April 1917, Page 9 to fill vacancies in the 30th Reinforcements
Quinn, William, labourer, Devane's Hotel, Ashburton.

Timaru Herald, 4 July 1917, Page 7 THE NINTH BALLOT
Quigley, Patrick, farm worker, Makikihi
Quinn, John Joseph, farmer, Makikihi

Timaru Herald, 2 October 1917, Page 5
final, calling up of the First Division of Reservists.
Quinn, James Philip, farm labourer, Hunter Road, Malcikihi

Nicholas QUINN - Bell Vue, Makikihi
[Belle Vue was a very common name for a house in Ireland with a view]

Nicholas & William were originally from Kilkeel, Co. Down. They first went to Australia to a place called Bendigo, made some money and then moved on to New Zealand where they bought 5000 acres on the South Canterbury at Makikihi.

New Zealand Tablet, 13 November 1902, Page 16 Death
Quinn — On November 3, at her residence, Bellview, Makikihi, Mary, the beloved wife of Nicholas Quinn aged 70 years.

New Zealand Tablet, 6 August 1903, Page 15 Mr NICHOLAS QUINN, MAKIKIHI.
There passed away to his eternal reward on Wednesday, July 29, a very old resident of Makikihi and South Canterbury, in the person of Mr Nicholas Quinn. The deceased arrived in Australia about 1851[sic; 1857], but on the discovery of gold in Otago came to this Colony, and tried his luck at the diggings in that province with considerable success. In 1860 he took up land at Makikihi, and, with his brother, Mr William Quinn, engaged in farming until ill-health overtook him a few years ago. Mr Quinn was one of the earliest settlers in Makikihi. He was a generous benefactor of the Church. The funeral took place on Saturday, when a Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Makikihi Church by the Rev Father O'Connell, after which the funeral left for Timaru, where the interment took place. The remains were followed by a large number of mourners —R.I.P.

New Zealand Tablet, 13 November 1902, Page 19
It is with regret (writes our Waimate correspondent) I have to chronicle the death of Mrs Nicholas Quinn, which took place at her residence, Bellview, Makikihi, on November 3. The deceased lady had been ailing for a long time, but it was not until a week before her death that it was thought serious consequences would result. In her illness she was attended by the Rev. Father Regnault, and died most peacefully, fortified by the rites of Holy Church. The funeral left Makikihi on Wednesday morning for Timaru, arriving there at 10 o'clock, when a Requiem Mass was offered up by the Rev. Father Regnault. At 2.30 the funeral left the church for the Timaru cemetery, the remains being followed by a large concourse of mourners. The Very Rev. Dean Foley (representing his Lordship Bishop Grimes) officiated at the graveside, assisted by the Rev. Fathers Tubman and Regnault.

Colonist, 29 September 1904, Page 2 DECEASED PERSONS' ESTATES.
The following deceased persons' estates were lodged at the Stamp Office for probate duty during the past month. Christchurch: Nicholas Quinn, £24,678;

Ashburton Guardian, 24 November 1903, Page 3
In the Estate of Nicholas Quinn (Deceased). TENDERS will be received by the undersigned up till Noon on the 30th of NOVEMBER, 1903, for the LEASE for TEN YEARS of BELLEVUE FARM, Makikihi, containing 840 Acres 3 Roods and 5 Perches or thereabouts, together with substantial Brick Dwelling of Eight Rooms, Eight-stalled Stable and Loosebox, Granary, Implement Shed Wool Shed and Sheep Yards, and all conveniences for working the Farm (the property of the late Nicholas Quinn, deceased). Particulars and Conditions of leasing may be inspected at the office of the undersigned on and after the 23rd inst. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. PERRY, PERRY & KINNERNEY, Solicitors for the Executors of the late Nicholas Quinn, deceased. Timaru.

Timaru Herald, 4 October 1897, Page 2
On account of Mr Nicholas Quinn, we sold at auction 94 acres of land, situated close to Makikihi railway station, to Mr Pat Quinn, at £9 5s per acre. As this land is mostly unreclaimed swamp the price obtained may be considered a satisfactory one.

Timaru Cemetery Monumental Inscription - under thy shallow I rest
"In loving memory of MARY,
The beloved wife of NICHOLAS QUINN
Died Nov 8th 1902 Aged 70 years R.I.P.
And of Nicholas A. G. GEANEY
Son of Annie & Humphrey GEANEY
And beloved husband of Ellen C. GEANEY.
Died at Belle Vue Makikihi March 28th 1939 aged 52 R.I.P."

Wills Index at LINZ (format - number of Will book, folio)
QUINN Nicholas, 6W88, Makikihi, Farmer, d. 29 Jul 1903

Probate of Nicholas QUINN died on or about 29 Jul 1903
[Archives NZ, Peterborough Street, Christchurch] Will [just a summary - there are 12 pages]
Value of estate under 23000 pounds
Executors & trustees to be John TUBMAN, Parish Priest Catholic Church Timaru, Reverend Peter REGNAULT of Waimate, William QUINN of Makikihi, Farmer, and Humphrey GEANEY of Timaru, Butcher. If there was a tie in any decision by the trustees then William QUINN was to be left with the final decision. 20 pounds to each trustee.
To Peter (NEWINEY?) (SWINEY?) & Henry DOYLE (equal shares as tenants in common) - both of Makikihi
1. Share # 4606 Canterbury Farmers Cooperative Association Limited.
2. Shares # 1769 & # 1770 + accrued bonuses, Timaru Milling Company.
3. Land - Makikihi - 1 acre Certificate of Title Vol. 71 Folio 247 part Rural Section 4274 (south of the road intersecting the title).
To my brothers Henry & Thomas QUINN -
1. 500 pounds
2. Sections in Timaru, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 on Deposited Plan 763 and the buildings thereon known as "Collin's Auction House," "Craigies" and "Werry's Temperance Hotel."
'To Right Reverend Bishop GRIMES - Bishop of Christchurch - or successor, 700 pounds "on condition that five hundred pounds of the said legacy be expended for the purpose of procuring and erecting a peal of bells for the use of the Catholic Cathedral at Christchurch in the Provincial District of Canterbury." Remainder as liked by the Bishop.
To Reverend Father TUBMAN - Parish Priest of Timaru - or successor, 600 pounds, 300 pounds of which to go to a peal of bells to be known as "St Nicholas," "St Mary," & "St William."
To Reverend Father REGNAULT - Parish Priest of Waimate - or successor, 400 pounds of which to go to a peal of bells to be known as "St Nicholas," "St Mary," & "St William." '
To Reverend Father REGNAULT - Parish Priest of Waimate - or successor, "for the purposes of the Catholic Church being erected at Makikihi, 12 pounds pr annum for 5 years."
To my sister Margaret MOYNIHAN 100 pounds.
To my sister, Ann DOYLE wife of James DOYLE 50 pounds.
To Mathew QUIRK 5 pounds
To Kitty HARE 5 pounds
To Annie SIMS, Makikihi - Land and buildings at Makikihi 2 roods pt Rural Section 4274 and pt of Certificate of Title Vol 71 Folio 247 (the southern half of the land on the north side of the road intersecting the land).
To Patrick QUINN son of my brother Patrick QUINN - land - Makikihi - 2 roods - pt Rural Section 4274 being pt of Certificate of Title Vol 71 Folio 247 (the northern half of the land on the north side of the road intersecting the land).
To my brother William QUINN for his life - vacant allotments Sections 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11 on Deposited Plan 763 - and after his death to my nephews James, William & John, sons of my brother William [ if any of the nephews die under age 21 without issue then the share to survivors].
To: "my farm situate at Makikihi aforesaid and known as "Bellevue" together with the furniture in the dwelling house erected on the said farm" to trustees in trust for grandchildren Nicholas and Mary GEANEY, son and daughter of Humphrey GEANEY of Timaru, Butcher.

Information courtesy of Peter Dillion. Contact Peter if you have further information on this family or would like information. Post July 2012.


Press, 11 August 1914, Page 2
Timaru has scored another point in advance in the acquisition of a particularly, fine set of eight very tuneful Bells, which have been set up in the handsome Catholic Basilica. Thirteen years ago the late Mr Nicholas Quinn, of Makikihi, left £300 towards the purchase of bells for the Basilica. Dean Tubman nursed the fund till with interest it grew to £1000. He then procured especially fine bells from John Ward and Sons, of Spitalfields, founders of the St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral bells. The bells were placed before the Sanctuary and there blessed with imposing ceremony, the very Rev. Dean Hills, Vicar-General, going from Christchurch for the purpose, owing to the illness of Bishop Grimes. The ceremony was performed at 2 p.m., when there was a collection of £215. The erection of the bells in the tower was then undertaken, and the whole work has so happily concluded that the fine tone of the bells as they ring out harmonies is widely commented on by residents and visitors alike.  

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament- The Quinn bells.Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch - Cathedral Bells are heard but seldom seen
The north tower of the Cathedral is the Bell Tower containing a peal of four bells; ordered by Bishop Grimes, and cast by Monsieur A. Causard in Tellin, Belgium, they were dispatched to Lyttelton on the SS Greisenau, by 6th November 1904, and arrived just in time for the opening of the Cathedral on the 12th February 1905. The cost, ₤463NZ, was largely covered by a bequest from Nicholas Quinn of Waimate. Each inscribed in Latin, they weigh a combined 3.660 kgs. The Weekly Press of 15th February 1905 carried a photograph of the bells on the ground and of the largest of the four being hoisted to the belfry in the northwest tower.

Annie, only daughter of Nicholas & Mary Quinn

New Zealand Tablet 19 September 1884 Page 17
GEANEY- Quinn.— On the 8th September, at the Roman Catholic Church, Waimate, by the Rev. Father Goutenoir, assisted by the Rev. Father Devoy, Humphrey, second son of Michael Geany, of Cork, Ireland, to Annie, only daughter of Nicholas and Mary Quinn, of Makikihi, formerly of Drummoalain, County Down, Ireland.

Births 						Mother 		Father
1889/2831  Geaney Mary Ellen 			Annie 		Humphrey
1891/15787 Geaney Timothy Lewis 		Annie 		Humphrey
1887/13818 Geaney Nicholas Augustine Gladstone 	Annie 		Humphrey - died in 1939 at Belle Vue, Makikihi 
1906  	   Geaney Humphrey			Elizabeth 	Humphrey  [he became a priest]

New Zealand Tablet, 18 August 1893, Page 19
Death has again visited this parish and ban taken a kind and familiar face from amongst us. On Wednesday, the 9th inst., Mrs Humphrey Geaney died at the early age of 34 years, leaving a family of three young children, her husband, and her father and mother to mourn her premature death. The greatest sympathy is felt throughout the district for Mr Geaney by his numerous friends, and also for Mr and Mrs Nicholas Quinn, the parents of the deceased. Mrs Geaney was educated at the Christchurch and Dunedin convents and has resided in Timaru since the date of her marriage in 1884. She has at all times previous to her illness taken an active and prominent part in parochial matters, and has always responded with true generosity to the various calls made for charitable or deserving object. The Rev. Fathers Hurlin and Tubman were frequent visitors at the sick room ministering the consolations of holy religion to the dying patient. On Friday the body was removed to the church of the Sacred Heart where a solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by Father Tubman, Father Regnault (Waimate), being deacon, and Father Le Petit (Temuka;, sub-deacon. At two o'clock the funeral left for the cemetery the organ playing the Dead March in Saul" as the body was being removed from the church. The members of the Hibernian Society marched in regalia at the funeral, which was a remarkably large one, friends of deceased being present from Waimate, Makikihi, Temuka, and the surrounding districts. Father Harlin officiated at the grave, the responses being given by Fathers Tubman and Regnault.

Timaru Herald Death Oct. 1894
GEANEY. On October 23rd, At Bellview, Makikihi, Timothy Lewis, youngest son of Humphrey Geaney, Esq., aged 3 years and 2 months. R.I.P. 

Humphrey GEANEY after the death of his first wife Annie QUINN married again to Elizabeth KENNY in 1903. Elizabeth bore him son but she died 7 days later, aged 30.
[Timaru Herald Newspaper Index: Births: 01 Feb 1906 - GEANEY: At Cairnsmore House, Timaru, on January 30, the wife of Humphrey GEANEY (Makikihi) of a son.

Evening Post, 11 September 1912, Page 9
Invitations have been issued by Mr. H. Geaney, of "Bellevue," Makikihi, South Canterbury, for the wedding of his daughter Mary to Mr. Bert Kelly, of Rona Bay, Eastbourne. The marriage will take place at Makikihi on the 25th inst. In 1912 Mary Ellen Geaney married Bertie Fleming Kelly (1888-1962) (obit. Evening Post, 8 Jan. 1962, pg1 col. b). He was an architect in Wellington and later in life, after the death of his wife, he became a Brother in the Society of Mary. 

Patrick Quinn married Mary Tooher in 1902

New Zealand Tablet 24 July 1902 Page 18
QUINN — TOOHERE [sic]. On Tuesday morning, July 15 a marriage which excited a good deal of local interest was celebrated in St. Patrick Church (writes our Waimate correspondent), the contracting parties being Miss M. Toohere, eldest daughter of Mr L. Toohere, a very old and respected resident of the district, and Mr P. Quinn, eldest son of Mr P. Quinn, Makikihi, also a very old resident. The ceremony was celebrated by the Rev Father Regnault. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a costume of royal blue cloth trimmed with white silk and lace. The bridesmaid was Miss Toohere, sister of the bride, and Mr J. Quinn was best man. After the ceremony a large number of guests assembled at the residence of Mr L. Toohere, where the wedding breakfast was laid. The wedding presents were valuable and useful, and showed the respect in which the recipients were held by their many friends. The happy couple left by the express for Dunedin. where the honeymoon was to be spent. 

                                   		Mother 	Father
Birth  1903/5401 Quinn Mary Margaret 		Mary 	Patrick

Timaru Herald, 11 October 1912, Page 6
DEATH. QUINN. On October 10th, at her son's residence, Hewling Street, Timaru, Margaret, relict of the late Patrick Quinn, Makikihi; aged 70 years.— R.I.P.

Evening Post, 20 December 1940, Page 11 QUINN—CUNNINGHAM.
The marriage was solemnised recently of Ellen, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Cunningham, Wellington, and Daniel, only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Quinn, England, at St. Mary of the Angels' Church, Boulcott Street. The Rev. Father Stewart officiated and celebrated Nuptial Mass. The organist was Miss M. Delaney, and Miss Pat O'Halloran sang Gounod's. "Ave Maria." The bride who was escorted by Mr. R. Webster (in the absence on service overseas of her father and brothers), wore a trained classical gown of cream royal satin beaute trimmed with pearls and a tulle veil with coronet of orange blossom. She carried a sheaf of cream flowers and asparagus fern. The bridesmaids, Misses Mary Cunningham and Emma Trezise (Waimate), wore full-skirted taffeta frocks of lavender and pale blue respectively. Short veils and orchids were worn on their heads, and their sheaf bouquets were in dark lavender shades. Mr. Thomas Cavanagh (England) was best man and Mr. Boyd Withers, groomsman. A silver horseshoe was presented to the bride by Dickie Webster. The reception was held in the Mayfair Cabaret, where the guests were received by the bride's mother, assisted by Mrs. Webster. The bride's travelling ensemble was of dark blue with navy accessories.

Immigration - William and Nicholas came into Otago from Victoria in c.1857.

Otago Witness October 19 1861 page 5
Oct. 12 - Atrevida, the fast sailing Clipper Barque, 457 tons, C.H. Bisset, from Melbourne - 168 passengers. Fare £3 0s
Charles Henry Bissett, master mariner b. 10 Mar.1827 in Carter Point, Kingston Peninsula, Kings, NB, Canada. In 1852 Second mate on the Amelia for Port Philip, AUS.  Died 23/4/1886 Thursday Island see 18 Sept 1852 edition of the New Brunswick Courier.  

No H or Henry QUINN

QUINN N. Age 21
QUINN W. Age 19
Sex Male
Status S
Occupation Miners
Country IRL
Port of Departure Melbourne
Date of Departure 01 Oct 1861
Port of Arrival Otago
Source PROV VPRS 948
LDS Film 0284488

Age 25
Sex M
Status S
Occupation Miner
Country IRL
Port of Departure Melbourne
Date of Departure 14 Sep 1861
Port of Arrival Otago
Source PROV VPRS 948 LDS Film 0284487
QUINN Patrick
Age 21
Sex M
Status S
Country IRL
Port of Departure Hobsons Bay
Date of Departure 12 Mar 1862
Port of Arrival Port Chalmers
Source PROV VPRS 948 LDS Film 0284489
Age 27
Sex M
Status S
Country IRL
Accommodation Stg
Port of Departure Melbourne
Date of Departure 17 Jan 1863
Port of Arrival Port Chalmers
Source PROV VPRS 948 LDS Film 0284492
QUINN Pat Age 40. m
QUINN Wm. Age 27. m. s
Occupation Miners
Country IRL
Port of Departure Hobsons Bay
Date of Departure 02 Oct 1863
Port of Arrival Port Chalmers
Source PROV VPRS 948 LDS Film 0284493

S.S. Arawa Steamer 500 tons sailed from Gravesend on 6th and Plymouth 8th November arrived Dunedin 24th December 1884. Steerage passengers - not the above William and Nicholas
Quinn, Nicholas, 21, Down, labourer             Quinn ,William, 18, Down, labourer

Henry QUINN - lived to 102, lived by himself- was he related?

Timaru Herald, 21 July 1899, Page 3
C. L. Empson, Stock Inspector, charged Henry Quinn with failing to make a return of sheep owned by him. Defendant pleaded. not guilty. He had owned no sheep for two years. After hearing evidence he was fined 20s with costs 7s for not notifying that he had ceased to be a sheep-owner.

Waimate District Council Cemetery Records - QUINN

Kathleen 		Quinn died   	 7 Oct 1894			aged 70
William Henry		Quinn died  	14 August 1897 			aged 30
Patrick 		Quinn died at Makikihi 19 Sept. 1903 		aged 70
Henry 			Quinn killed by accident 15 Feb. 1906 		aged 23 
Henry			Quinn died  	15 Aug. 1911			aged 103
Patrick			Quinn       	13 October 1912			aged 40	
Margaret 		Quinn died  	10 Oct. 1912 			aged 70
William Augustus 	Quinn died 	10 June 1914 son		aged 27 
William 		Quinn died   	 1 July 1914 at Makikihi 	aged 80 
Thomas 			Quinn died  	27 August 1938 			aged 68	
Catherine 		Quinn died   	 2 July 1946 w/o William   	aged 84
Henry Augustus 		Quinn died  	24 January 1966 		aged 73
James Patrick 		Quinn died   	 1 July 1973 			aged 87
Lucille Elvina 		Quinn died  	17 June 1974 his wife  		aged 100


Wm. Ferrier photo of Harry Joe Doyle on Fiona Jones site. Fiona has recently published a book "A Mourne Townland. The History & People of Aughnaloopy" about a small townland in the parish of Kilkeel, Co. Down, N. Ireland. One chapter in the book is dedicated to the QUINN family who settled in the area of Waimate, NZ. This was the family of James "Hamilton" Quinn and Mary Ann Mackin. There sons included: Nicholas, William, Patrick, Henry and Thomas.


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