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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–Q

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this :

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–Q", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 16 September 2019

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Harpist, harp player

Active central VIC, 1856-70 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


The official Post Office directory of Victoria . . . 1869 (Melbourne: F. F. Bailliere, 1869), 597 

Quelch Thos., harpist, Ballarat (31)

QUIN, Alfred Charles (Alfred QUIN; Mr. A. C. QUIN)

Violin player, conductor

QUIN, Frederick (Fred QUIN)

Violoncello player, cellist

Both arrived Brisbane, QLD, 9 November 1873 (per Runnymede, from London, 6 August)
Active Brisbane, QLD, ? until early 1880s




"SHIPPING", The Brisbane Courier (10 November 1873), 2

[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (13 November 1873), 1

BRISBANE MUSICAL UNION. COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT to Mr. R. T. JEFFERIES, on TUESDAY, 25th November instant, on which occasion Messrs. FRED. QUIN (Violincello) and ALFRED QUIN (Violin), from London, will make their first appearance.

"MADAME MALLALIEU", The Brisbane Courier (9 March 1874), 2

MADAME MALLALIEU, long the deservedly favorite pianiste of Brisbane, will take her annual benefit at the School of Arts this evening ... The performance will be under the leadership of Mr. Jefferies, and among the professional musicians to be present may be mentioned Madame Osborne, Messrs. Frederick and Alfred Quin, and Mr. Dignan ...

"Musical Societies. TO THE EDITOR", The Brisbane Courier (28 January 1878), 3

"Music", The Brisbane Courier (31 December 1879), 5

"Music", The Brisbane Courier (2 March 1881), 6

"Music", The Queenslander (28 October 1882), 580

I understand it is in contemplation to organise an orchestral society in Brisbane, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Quin, for the practice of symphonies, overtures, concertos for solo instruments with accompaniments for orchestra, operatic selections, and so on. I heartily wish the new society success. It will supply a want now much felt amongst amateur instrumentalists who are anxious to make themselves acquainted with purely orchestral writings - an advantage hitherto denied them. The society need not in any way intrench upon the good work now being done by the Musical Union: on the contrary, the increased practice and readiness which will be acquired by the members will render them more efficient as executants, and should be thus a distinct gain to the old society, to which it ought to be a willing handmaid. The number of instrumentalists in Brisbane is now largely increased, so that this opportunity for general practice will, no doubt, be eagerly embraced, and the concerts of the society will serve to place it upon a sound financial basis.

"AMUSEMENTS", The Queenslander (3 March 1883), 336 

For his violin solo, Mr. Quin had selected the second concerto of De Beriot, and, whether from the favourable acoustic properties of the hall, or because he was in extra good form, Mr. Quin appeared to excel himself. This favourite composition has rarely been better rendered in the colony, and this painstaking artist has seldom been heard to better advantage.

"PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ACT 1912", Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (13 April 1916), 913 

4792. Matthew Joseph Keogh, 6 Elizabeth-street, Norwood, S.A., and Alfred Charles Quin, 52 Rundle-street, Adelaide, S.A. - Song: "The Small Still Voice." Words by "Gumsucker." Music by A. C. Quin. 23rd February, 1916.

"CROWN ABANDONS LARCENY CHARGE", News (18 January 1933), 7 

Bibliography and resources:

Roennfeldt 2012

QUIN, Michael

Bugler (21st Regiment)

Active Perth, WA, 1835


"MAGISTRATE'S COURT", The Perth Gazette (22 August 1835), 549

Michael Quin, a bugler in H. M.'s 21st Regt, was, charged with having taken away three planks of native mahogany, the property of William Ward ...

"MAGISTRATE'S COURT", The Perth Gazette (29 August 1835), 555

QUINN, Michael

Bandmaster (Band of the 18th Royal Irish Regiment), ? bandsman (Band of the 12th Regiment)

? Active Australia c.1860
Active Australia, March-August 1870 (en route from New Zealand to England)
Died Parsonstown, Ireland, 31 March 1876

See also Band of the 18th Regiment


"TESTIMONIAL TO BANDMASTER QUINN", New Zealand Herald (29 March 1870), 3 

The testimonial to be presented by the Auckland Choral Society to Bandmaster Quinn of the 18th Regiment is now completed, and is now on view at Messrs. Upton & Co.'s establishment, Queen-street. The gift consists of a very handsome conductor's baton carved out of native wood and highly finished with silver mountings. In the butt is set a very rich specimen of auriferous quartz, and a silver plate bears the following inscription,

"Presented to Michael Quinn, Bandmaster 2nd 18th Royal Irish, from the members of the Auckland Choral Society."

The baton is accompanied by a very neatly furnished case lined with blue velvet, and containing the following address: -

"The Auckland Choral Society, in recognition of the valuable time and zealous service which you have, during your residence in Auckland, devoted gratuitously to the cause of music, desire to present you with the accompanying conductor's baton.

"It will serve to perpetuate in your memory the time when you conducted the first symphony that was ever played in the colony of New Zealand - possibly in the Australian colonies - and you will never again hear Mozart's No. 6 without remembering the evening when H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, President of the Society, played amongst your first violins.

"Your departure from amongst us has created a void which at present we can see no means of filling; for, apart from the love of music for its own sake, which you succeeded in engrafting in your bandsmen who chiefly supplied the wind instruments for our performances, we can scarcely hope to meet again a conductor who will inspire his performers with such perfect confidence in his skill, power, and presence of mind. You will, of course, in the places you will hereafter visit, meet with better music than Auckland music, and better musicians than your old friends here, but we venture to say, that you will not, during your future career, find a more enthusiastic and united band, or one by whom your own remarkable talents and graceful skill, will be more appreciated, and we hope you will occasionally think with pleasure of your days amongst us." ...

"The Band of the 18th Royal Irish ...", Empire (26 April 1870), 2

"BOTANIC GARDENS", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 May 1870), 4

"HAND BALL MATCH", Bell's Life in Sydney (25 June 1870), 2

"BOTANIC GARDENS", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 August 1870), 4

"18TH FOOT", Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service (12 April 1876), 16

The news of the sudden death of the late bandmaster, Mr. M. Quinn, was received in the battalion on the 31st ultimo with deep regret. Mr. Quinn left the battalion on furlough on 1st January last, but, owing to severe illness, was unable to return in February. He was originally on the staff of the King's County Militia, which he left, and joining the 1st Battalion 12th Regt., from which corps he proceeded to Kneller Hall in 1863 to be trained as bandmaster. In 1866 he joined the 2nd Battalion, "The Royal Irish," in the field in New Zealand, and gained the war medal. Lieutenant-Colonel Wilson, commanding, allowed the band to wear crape for a week, and prohibited them from playing on church parade or to church on Sunday. He also issued the following regimental order on Saturday: - "It is with much regret that the commanding officer has received official information of the death, on the 31st March, of Bandmaster Michael Quinn, at Parsonstown. He was possessed of high musical attainment, and the unwearied attention he paid to the band resulted in the good reputation it has maintained both in New Zealand and since its return this country."

Bibliography and resources:

"Band Master Quinn, 2/18th Reg.", Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa 

Online inventory, National Army Museum, UK 

Musical instruments 1855-11-4: Baton, 1866; presented to Bandmaster M. Quinn of the 2nd Battalion 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot; silver plated head with bands of engraved double swags round dome and staff socket; plain ebonised cane tapering to ferrule which is decorated as head; silver collar in middle of cane is inscribed with presentation inscription.

Musical instruments 1955-11-4: Baton, 1870; presented to Bandmaster Michael Quinn of the 2nd Battalion 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot by the New Zealand Auckland Choral Society; silver plated head inset with a polished white stone with yellow metallic flecks, possibly gold ore; central and terminal bands with oblique floral bands in relief; floral patterned staff socket; brown wooden cane tapering to silver plated ferrule, decorated

QUON, Ah-Lok

"Chinese theatrical performer and singer"

Active Castlemaine, 1861


"NEW INSOLVENTS", Bendigo Advertiser (6 July 1861), 2

Quon ah Lok, of Castlemaine, Chinese theatrical performer, and singer, now a prisoner in Her Majesty's gaol, Sandhurst. Causes of insolvency-An adverse judgment in County Court, and pressure of creditors, Assets, £66; liabilities, £456.4s.; deficiency, £390. 4s."

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