Ewan McPherson

M, b. 13 March 1833, d. 10 August 1909

Ewen McPherson, son of Mary Stuart (later McGregor) and Evan McPherson 1833-1909. Photo courtesy of Ann Dodds
  • Ewan McPherson was also known as Uncle Mack.
  • He was born on 13 March 1833 in Kingussie, Inverness.
  • He was the son of Evan McPherson and Mary Stuart.
  • Ewan McPherson was baptized on 29 April 1833 in Kingussie and Insch, Inverness, Scotland.
  • At the time of the 7 June 1841 census Ewan McPherson was living in the household of Donald Stuart and Janet McEdward in Stranantopar, Kingussie, Inverness, Scotland. Donald was 70 years old, independent and was born in Inverness Shire. Janet was 60 also born Inverness Shire. Their 8 year old grandson Evan McPherson was living with them. He was also born in Inverness Shire.
  • Ewan McPherson appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 in Gervally, Edinkillie, Morayshire. Ewan is shown as a 19 year old farm labourer born Inverness shire. His employer was Alexander Walker who employed 6 labourers.
  • He immigrated circa 1875. Just when Ewan came to Australia is uncertain. His death certicate shows he was 25 years in NSW, and 9 years in Victoria which means he immigrated 34 years before his death (about 1875) when he was 42. Just when he spent the nine years in Victoria is also uncertain. However, family hearsay has him coming out to Australia when he was 18 years old. According to the hearsay he had remained with his grandmother Stuart, along with his sister "Lillian" who supposedly died on the voyage out with Ewan. Ewan later lived at Teven and was known as Uncle Mack.
  • In 1878, Ewan took up a conditional purchase of 60 acres of land at Teven.
  • In 1982 his niece Topsy recalled some of her family history -

    " What I know of my Macgregor forebears was very sketchy. One Macpherson married Mary Stewart and left her a widow with two children, Ewan and Lillian.
    Mrs Mary Macpherson then married one Macgregor and emigrated to NSWales. The paternal grandmother of Ewan and Lillian kept them in Scotland saying she would not let them go to "that God forsaken country".
    Mary Stewart Macgregor and her husband reared several children two of them girls. Isabella (married Robert Reid) and Jean (married George Woods) and several boys. One eventually became a post
    master.

    Mr and Mrs Macgregor settled on a farm. I think it was on the Paterson River, north of Sydney. The sons worked the farm and great grandfather Macgregor, who was always dressed up, sold the produce. He had been a game keeper in Scotland, a very honourable profession in Scotland according to my mother in law whose father, Robert Bain, was Head Forester for the Duke of Argyle.

    Mrs Mary Stewart Macgregor reared a family of young children (I've forgotten their name) when their mother died. I heard that one lived at Bangalow and one in Queensland when they grew up.

    Eventually Lillian and Ewan Macpherson emigrated to NSW but Lillian died from the effects of the long voyage. I suppose Ewan joined his own mother and later he became a cedar getter in Northern NSW.

    Ewan and the others were all born at Inverness. Ewan never married. He bought or selected a sugar cane farm of 220 acres at Teven Creek and called it "Glenfeschie". However, he neglected it and spent his time making illicit spirits. Years after he died his "still" was at the back of the farm. The bank sold up "old Mack" as he was called and my father bought the farm for one pound per acre. Goodness knows what it is worth now. He remained in half the house on the farm for sometime. It was built by an American and a lot of timber in it was Cedar and Rosewood. My Dad and Mum had the other half of the house.

    Mum's brothers often came up from Sydney and stayed with Uncle Mack. He taught my mother how to make bread and I was rather unpopular with him as a toddler because he gave me a piece of his "cake' and I said I didn't like it.

    Eventually Uncle Mack became a Post Master at Teven Creek. It was over two miles away and near the school. He then lived on the other side of the creek in a little pretty rain forest spot called Sunny Corner and rowed over to tend the Post Office every day.
    When he used to make his illicit spirits he rowed down Teven Creek, Emigrant Creek, Fishery Creek and I think the Canal to Ballina where he sold it. The mush must have been very strong for it was a long hard row.
    I'm sorry I don't know any more"

    Compilers Notes:
    1. Mary and Ewan McPherson had three children, Louisa (who came to Austrailia with Mary and William McGregor), Janet (who died before Mary left Scotland, and Ewan who was born after his father died and who stayed behind with his grandmother. There is no record of "Lillian"
    2. "Glenfeshie" is the name of the village Donald Stuart (Ewan's grandfather) came from.
  • On 12 June 1891 Ewan as a passenger on the "MacLeay", a ship of 400 tons, Captain H Wood, that departed for Sydney with "18 hardwood logs, 60 bags maize, 30 kegs butter, 4 pigs, 18 cases eggs, 2 coops poultry, 54 hides, 1 cask tallow and sundries."
  • He was buried on 10 August 1909 in East Ballina Cemetery.
  • Ewan McPherson died on 10 August 1909 in Ballina, New South Wales, Australia, at age 76.
  • His death was reported in a local newspaper
    "Another worthy old district identity in the person of Mr E McPherson of Teven, passed away after a protracted illness. The late Mr McPherson was one of the early selectors on Teven Creek and was widely known and esteemed on the Lower Richmond, He was 76 years of age and a bachelor. The remains were interred in the East Ballina cemetery on Tuesday afternoon". (No date on newspaper cutting.)

Janet McPherson

F, b. 1 March 1831, d. before 1838
  • Janet McPherson was christened on 1 March 1831 in Alvie, Inverness, Scotland.
  • She was the daughter of Evan McPherson and Mary Stuart.
  • Janet McPherson died before 1838. Another daughter Jess (Janet) was born to Mary in 1838. 'When Mary died George her son, stated that two daughters by her first marriage were deceased.

Louisa McPherson

F, b. February 1828, d. before 1877
  • Louisa McPherson was born in February 1828 in Scotland. Her immigration record shows she was 10 in Feb 1838.
  • She was the daughter of Evan McPherson and Mary Stuart.
  • Louisa McPherson was christened on 16 July 1828 in Alvie, Inverness, Scotland.
  • She immigrated to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 15 November 1838. Came to Australia with her mother Mary, step father William and half sister Janet on the St George from Orban, Scotland. The immigration record shows her age on embarkation was 10 in February 1838.
  • Louisa McPherson died before 1877. When Mary died her son George stated that two of her daughters from her first marriage were deceased. The first would have been Janet McPherson who died before Jesse McGregor, Mary and William McGregor's first child was born. However, family hearsay has it that Louisa went to America.

Angelina McPhun

F, b. 18 June 1885, d. 26 February 1971
  • Angelina McPhun was born on 18 June 1885.
  • At the age of 30 years, Angelina McPhun married Oscar Garfield Win, son of John William Win and Ada Martha Cresswell, in 1916 in New Zealand.
  • Angelina McPhun died on 26 February 1971 in New Zealand at age 85.
  • Angelina McPhun also went by the name of Annie.

Annie McQuillan

F, b. 28 November 1893
  • Annie McQuillan was born on 28 November 1893 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier.
  • At the age of 18 years, Annie McQuillan married Walter Scott in 1912 in Queensland.
  • Annie McQuillan and Walter Scott appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921 living at Perseverance. Walter was a dairyman.

Bridget McQuillan

F, b. 27 February 1885, d. 27 May 1946
  • Bridget McQuillan was born on 27 February 1885 in Perseverance, Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of James McQuillan and Catherine Zeller.
  • Bridget was chief bridesmaid at the wedding of Mary Agnes Ryan and Charles Augustine McGeever on 4 July 1900 in St Patrick's Church, Toowoomba, Queensland. The Warwick Argus reported the marriage:- " McGEEVER-RYAN.-A ceremony which has aroused much interest and expectation for some time past was celebrated in St. Patrick's R.C. Church, Toowoomba, on Wednesday, July 4th (says the Chronicle), when Miss Mary Ryan, only daughter of Mrs. T. Ryan, of Ravensbourne, was married to Mr. Charles A. McGeever, third son of Mr. Henry M'Geever, of Emu Vale, Warwick. The bride, who was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss B. M'Quillan (chief) and Miss Bishop, cousins of the bride, was given away by her brother (Mr. J. Ryan). Mr. D. M'Geever, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man, and Mr. J. M'Geever as groomsman. The bride appeared to very great advantage in a beautiful dress of cream satin, trimmed with silk braid, chiffon and orange blossoms. She also wore a very becoming hat trimmed with cream silk and ostrich tips, and carried a beautiful bouquet. The bridesmaids wore becoming costumes of pale blue cashmere trimmed with cream silk and chiffon with hats to match. They also wore gold bar brooches presented by the bridegroom. The bride's dresses were designed and made by Miss Case, and reflected great credit on her artistic skill. After the newly-wedded pair had received the congratulation of their friends, the company partook of a sumptuous breakfast, which was served in Mr. Laracy's Harp Of Erin Hotel.

  • At the age of 18 years, Bridget McQuillan married William Ryan, son of Patrick Ryan and Ann Connolly, in 1904 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Bridget McQuillan and William Ryan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1909 and 1913 living at Ravensbourne. William was a labourer.
  • Bridget McQuillan and William Ryan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1921 and 1930 living at Ravensbourne. William was a farmer.
  • On 26 September 1943,her husband, William Ryan died in Queensland.
  • Bridget McQuillan died on 27 May 1946 in Toowoomba, Queensland, at age 61.
  • She was buried on 29 May 1946 in Cabarlah Cemetery. RC1-00C-0024.

Children of Bridget McQuillan and William Ryan

Catherine McQuillan

F, b. 25 June 1886

Charles McQuillan

M, b. 1888, d. 17 September 1924
  • Charles McQuillan was born in 1888 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of James McQuillan and Catherine Zeller.
  • Charles McQuillan died on 17 September 1924.
  • He was buried on 18 September 1924 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. RCOLD1-021-0007.

Charles McQuillan

M, b. circa 1850
  • Charles McQuillan was born circa 1850.
  • He. The Queenslander reported that applications for certificates at Ravensbourne for the following selections were adjourned for inspection:- John M'Laughlan, William Richards, August F. Beutel, Gustav F. Beutel, Robert Shedden, Ann Walsh, Donald A McDonald, Hugh M'Erlean, Mary Ryan, Charles McQuillan, Frederick Reuschle, Jacob Weller, Harriet E. Austin, Emma L. Austin, Charles Wallace, Henry McLeod, and William J. H. Austin.

Clement Joseph McQuillan

M, b. circa 1920, d. 1974

Daniel McQuillan

M, b. 5 October 1889, d. 29 December 1982
  • Daniel McQuillan was born on 5 October 1889 in Perseverance, Queensland.
  • He was the son of James McQuillan and Catherine Zeller.
  • Around 1895 Filshie & Broadfoot built a mill on the eastern side of Perseverance Creek near the Perseverance bridge. Dave Broadfoot managed the mill for about 15 years. Some of the workers were Bill Wilkes, Dan McQuillan, Walter Scott, Fred Lent (a yardman), Tom Eames and Mr Albion, the engine driver. Bill and Rodger McQuillan were bullock drivers for the mill.

  • Daniel McQuillan died on 29 December 1982 in Banyo, Queensland, at age 93.

Ellen McQuillan

F, b. 25 September 1901, d. 23 August 1965
  • Ellen McQuillan was born on 25 September 1901 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier.
  • Ellen McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll with John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier between 1925 and 1930 in Perseverance. John was a farmer. Daughters Margaret, Sarah and Ellen carried out home duties.
  • Ellen McQuillan died on 23 August 1965 in Queensland at age 63.
  • She was buried on 25 August 1965 in Cabarlah Cemetery. RC1-00E-0021.

Francis McQuillan

M, b. 29 June 1893

Helen (Mary) McQuillan

F, b. circa 1850, d. 1928
  • Helen (Mary) McQuillan was also known as Granny Ryan.
  • She was born circa 1850.
  • She was the daughter of John McQuillan and Mary Ann Kelly.
  • Helen (Mary) McQuillan married Thomas Ryan, son of William Ryan, on 5 May 1869 in Queensland.
  • Helen (Mary) McQuillan immigrated circa 1875. She possibly arrived in Queensland with her mother Mary Ann, brothers Rodger and James McQuillan and her children.
  • Conditional approval for Helen (Mary) McQuillan's selection of landwas given on 24 November 1888. She selected 80 acres of land at Ravensbourne. "For the agricultural township farms adjoining the village of Ravensbourne there was great competition, many of the portions being applied for from four to ten times over. The ballot had to be resorted to in no less than 50 cases; this, with the refunding of the amounts paid by the unsuccessful applicants, necessarily occupied  a deal of time, and it was not till half-past 6 O'clock that the business was concluded, and the court closed. By 7 o'clock the whole of the refundments had been paid over to 115 applicants. The 76 portions adjoining the village of Ravensbourne, granted at the land court, were  apportioned among 62 selectors, so there is every probability of the village settlement of Ravensbourne proving a success. The total area granted at the court was 5025 acres among 68 applicants."
  • She. The Queenslander reported that applications for certificates at Ravensbourne for the following selections were adjourned for inspection:- John M'Laughlan, William Richards, August F. Beutel, Gustav F. Beutel, Robert Shedden, Ann Walsh, Donald A McDonald, Hugh M'Erlean, Mary Ryan, Charles McQuillan, Frederick Reuschle, Jacob Weller, Harriet E. Austin, Emma L. Austin, Charles Wallace, Henry McLeod, and William J. H. Austin.
  • In the early 1900's Granny Ryan had a shop and post office in Ravensbourne village. The Post Office was later run by Mrs Archie McDonald.
  • She, as the mother of the bride, attended the wedding of Mary Agnes Ryan and Charles Augustine McGeever on 4 July 1900 in St Patrick's Church, Toowoomba, Queensland. The Warwick Argus reported the marriage:- " McGEEVER-RYAN.-A ceremony which has aroused much interest and expectation for some time past was celebrated in St. Patrick's R.C. Church, Toowoomba, on Wednesday, July 4th (says the Chronicle), when Miss Mary Ryan, only daughter of Mrs. T. Ryan, of Ravensbourne, was married to Mr. Charles A. McGeever, third son of Mr. Henry M'Geever, of Emu Vale, Warwick. The bride, who was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss B. M'Quillan (chief) and Miss Bishop, cousins of the bride, was given away by her brother (Mr. J. Ryan). Mr. D. M'Geever, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man, and Mr. J. M'Geever as groomsman. The bride appeared to very great advantage in a beautiful dress of cream satin, trimmed with silk braid, chiffon and orange blossoms. She also wore a very becoming hat trimmed with cream silk and ostrich tips, and carried a beautiful bouquet. The bridesmaids wore becoming costumes of pale blue cashmere trimmed with cream silk and chiffon with hats to match. They also wore gold bar brooches presented by the bridegroom. The bride's dresses were designed and made by Miss Case, and reflected great credit on her artistic skill. After the newly-wedded pair had received the congratulation of their friends, the company partook of a sumptuous breakfast, which was served in Mr. Laracy's Harp Of Erin Hotel.
  • Helen (Mary) McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1905 living at Ravensbourne. She carried out domestic duties.
  • She appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1909 and 1913 living at Ravensbourne. She carried out home duties.
  • She appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1921 and 1925 living at Ravensbourne. She carried out home duties.
  • Helen (Mary) McQuillan died in 1928 in Queensland.

Children of Helen (Mary) McQuillan and Thomas Ryan

James McQuillan

M, b. 1849, d. 14 September 1901
  • James McQuillan was born in 1849 in County Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • He was the son of John McQuillan and Mary Ann Kelly.
  • James McQuillan selected land in 1871. The McQuillan brothers were amonst the first to select land at Perseverance. John, together with James and Rodger selected portions 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Crow's Nest Parish when the Tooth sheep run at Perseverance was resumed and opened up for closer settlement. James also selected portion 15 Ravensbourne Parish and in 1890 John also aquired some land in Ravensbourne.
  • At the age of 31 years, James McQuillan married Catherine Zeller, daughter of Francis Zeller and Catherine Beutel, in 1880 in Queensland.
  • When the Perseverance Creek School was opened in November 1880, the first day pupils were John Ryan, William Diamond, Alf Ernest Bidgood, Miriam Case, Kate Diamond, Rachel Diamond, Ann Hebbel, Margaret Hebbel, Jacob Hebbel, Emily White, Mary Ryan, and George Case. The first head teacher was Thomas Walls and the School Committee consisted of Joseph Cossart (Secretary - his eldest child was only four at the time), Alf Bidgood, John Hebbel, James and John McQuillan.
    The following year Alice Brown, Joseph Cronk, John Brown, Edward Brown, Alice Cronk, Minnie Humberdross, Emma Humberdross and John Kynoch were enrolled.
  • In July 1895 James sold his allottments at Crow's Nest to Edward Price.
  • On 10 March 1896,his wife, Catherine Zeller died in Perseverance, Queensland.
  • In 1901 James was listed as a farmer of Ravensbourne in the Crow's Nest Post Office Directory.
  • James McQuillan died on 14 September 1901 in Queensland.
  • He was buried on 15 September 1901 in Cabarlah Cemetery. RC1-00B-0010.
  • Probate for his estate was granted in February 1902; James M'Quillan, Perseverance, farmer, to Rodger M'Quillan and Lawrence Diamond, Perseverance, farmers. Death occurred 14th September, 1901. Probate granted 3rd December. Realty and personalty, £1984 10s.

Children of James McQuillan and Catherine Zeller

James Francis McQuillan

M, b. 1882, d. 3 July 1933
  • James Francis McQuillan was born in 1882 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of James McQuillan and Catherine Zeller.
  • James Francis McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Perseverance. He was a labourer.
  • James Francis McQuillan died on 3 July 1933 in Queensland.
  • He was buried on 4 July 1933 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. RCOLD1-022-0008.

John McQuillan

M, b. 1846, d. 6 January 1936
  • John McQuillan was born in 1846 in County Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • He was the son of John McQuillan and Mary Ann Kelly.
  • John McQuillan immigrated on 28 July 1863. John 20, travelled on the Rockliff. His brothers, mother and sister followed him later. On arrival in Brisbane he travelled to Toowoomba by bullock dray. He found work as a fencing contractor and on the railway line being constructed from Brisabne to Toowoomba. He selected his first land land at Cabarlah.
  • In September 1869 John and Rodger McQuillan were living next to William Murphy at Highfields. Their relationship with their neighbour was far from cordial. The Darling Downs Gazette reported " TOOWOOMBA POLICE COURT.Tuesday, September 7. (Before T. Plews and E. If. Robinson, Esqrs., JJ.P.)
    Roger M'Quillan was charged with unlawfully assaulting W. Murphy at Highfields. Mr. Hamilton for defendant. Wm. Murphy, farmer of Highfields, said he was going home to breakfast on the morning of September 2nd, and heard loud talking near the house ; went to the garden and saw two men and two women, who were shouting out, 'Where is Murphy! It was a bad day for him when he meddled with us : he (witness): enquired what they wanted, and the defendant immediately pulled off his coat, invited witness to come outside, and said he would take satisfaction out of him ; witness at length accepted the invitation, and went over into the defendant's paddock, when he was struck violently on the arm with a stick ; a general scrim mage took place, after which all parties appeared to be satisfied and went away. Cross-examined by Mr. Hamilton : My paddock is next the defendant's ; when I was invited to go over into the paddock the defendant was prepared for business ; 1 took off my coat when 1 got over the fence so as to be ready for the light. Thos. Walsh was present when the difficulty occurred ; the defendant charged Murphy with inflicting some malicious injury upon his cow, and said he would ' regulate' him' ; Murphy then went over the fence to institute a few preliminary inquiries when the defendant struck him across the arm with a stick. Cross-examined by Mr. Hamilton : I was present during the whole of the row ; the light took place in M'Quillan's paddock, and they both appeared to be determined for a fight. The case was dismissed. John M’Quillan was then charged with striking the aforementioned William Murphy with his closed list, on the 2nd September. The evidence in this case went to show that a general fight had taken place, in which the defend ant had barely obtained second honours, and received a fair amount of punishment. After bearing the evidence of the complainant the case was dismissed."
  • He selected land in 1871. The McQuillan brothers were amonst the first to select land at Perseverance. John, together with James and Rodger selected portions 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Crow's Nest Parish when the Tooth sheep run at Perseverance was resumed and opened up for closer settlement. James also selected portion 15 Ravensbourne Parish and in 1890 John also aquired some land in Ravensbourne.
  • When the Perseverance Creek School was opened in November 1880, the first day pupils were John Ryan, William Diamond, Alf Ernest Bidgood, Miriam Case, Kate Diamond, Rachel Diamond, Ann Hebbel, Margaret Hebbel, Jacob Hebbel, Emily White, Mary Ryan, and George Case. The first head teacher was Thomas Walls and the School Committee consisted of Joseph Cossart (Secretary - his eldest child was only four at the time), Alf Bidgood, John Hebbel, James and John McQuillan.
    The following year Alice Brown, Joseph Cronk, John Brown, Edward Brown, Alice Cronk, Minnie Humberdross, Emma Humberdross and John Kynoch were enrolled.
  • At the age of 37 years, John McQuillan married Annie Catherine Scholmier in 1883.
  • In 1901 John was listed as a farmer of Ravensbourne in the Crow's Nest Post Office Directory.
  • John McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1905 living at Perseverance. He was a farmer.
  • He and Annie Catherine Scholmier appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1909 living at Perseverance. John was a farmer. Their son Kennedy also farmed at Perseverance. Daughter Mary Agnes carried out home dutes.
  • After the death of his brothers James in 1901 and Rodger in 1878, John aquired ownership of all four portions of the land at Perseverence (Portions 1,2,3,and 4 Crow's Nest). He also held three portions in Murphy Parish. The first milking machines in the area were used by the McQuillan family.
  • John McQuillan gave the bride away at the wedding of William Diamond and Mary Sabrine Cleary on 30 April 1910 in St Patricks Catholic Church, Toowoomba, Queensland; At the time of their marriage Mary's parents, father John formerly of Perseverance, were both deceased. She was given away by her god-father Mr McQuillan.
  • John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Perseverance. John was a farmer, daughter Mary carried out home duties and Thomas Patrick was a dairyman at Perseverance.
  • John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921 living at Perseverance. John was a farmer. Daughter Sarah carried out home duties.
  • John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1925 and 1930 living at Perseverance. John was a farmer. Daughters Margaret, Sarah and Ellen carried out home duties.
  • John McQuillan died on 6 January 1936 in Queensland.
  • He was buried on 7 January 1936 in Cabarlah Cemetery. RC1-00A-0013.

Children of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier

John McQuillan

M, b. circa 1810, d. before 1863
  • John McQuillan was born circa 1810.
  • John McQuillan married Mary Ann Kelly circa 1840.
  • John McQuillan died before 1863 in Ireland.

Children of John McQuillan and Mary Ann Kelly

John McQuillan

M, b. 1884, d. 5 May 1885
  • John McQuillan was born in 1884 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier.
  • John McQuillan died on 5 May 1885 in Queensland.
  • He was buried on 6 May 1885 in Cabarlah Cemetery. RC1-00A-0012.

Kennedy John McQuillan

M, b. 13 December 1885, d. 6 August 1959
  • Kennedy John McQuillan was born on 13 December 1885 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier.
  • Kennedy John McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll with John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier in 1909 in Perseverance. John was a farmer. Their son Kennedy also farmed at Perseverance. Daughter Mary Agnes carried out home dutes.
  • Kennedy John McQuillan died on 6 August 1959 in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 73.

Margaret McQuillan

F, b. 26 December 1904

Mary McQuillan

F, b. November 1914, d. 4 February 1915
  • Mary McQuillan was born in November 1914 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Mary Agnes McQuillan.
  • Mary McQuillan died on 4 February 1915 in Queensland. She was 11 weeks old.
  • She was buried on 5 February 1915 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. RC2-006-0044.

Mary Agnes McQuillan

F, b. 2 November 1888, d. 16 October 1968
  • Mary Agnes McQuillan was born on 2 November 1888.
  • She was the daughter of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier.
  • Mary Agnes McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll with John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier in 1909 in Perseverance. John was a farmer. Their son Kennedy also farmed at Perseverance. Daughter Mary Agnes carried out home dutes.
  • Mary Agnes McQuillan and John Cullen appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Ravensbourne. John was a labourer.
  • Mary Agnes McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll with Annie Catherine Scholmier and John McQuillan in 1913 in Perseverance. John was a farmer, daughter Mary carried out home duties and Thomas Patrick was a dairyman at Perseverance.
  • At the age of 30 years, Mary Agnes McQuillan married John Cullen, son of Thomas Cullen and Hanorah (Norah) Leary, in 1919 in Queensland.
  • Mary Agnes McQuillan and John Cullen appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1921 living at Ravensbourne. He was a labourer. Mary Agnes' address was Perseverance.
  • Mary Agnes McQuillan and John Cullen appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1925 and 1949 living at Ravensbourne. John was a labourer.
  • Mary Agnes McQuillan died on 16 October 1968 in Queensland at age 79.
  • She was buried on 17 October 1968 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.

Child of Mary Agnes McQuillan

Children of Mary Agnes McQuillan and John Cullen

Michael McQuillan

M, b. 13 September 1899, d. 1969
  • Michael McQuillan was born on 13 September 1899 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier.
  • Michael McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1921 and 1925 living at Perseverance. He was a grazier.
  • At the age of 28 years, Michael McQuillan married Dorothy Ethel Ryan in 1928 in Queensland.
  • Michael McQuillan died in 1969 in Queensland.

Patrick McQuillan

M, b. July 1891, d. 25 January 1897
  • Patrick McQuillan was born in July 1891.
  • He was the son of James McQuillan and Catherine Zeller.
  • Patrick McQuillan died on 25 January 1897 in Queensland at age 5. He drowned in Perseverence Creek.
  • He was buried on 27 January 1897 in Cabarlah Cemetery. He is buried with his father RC1-00B-0009.

Patrick McQuillan

M, b. 1889, d. 1890

Rodger McQuillan

M, b. 1841, d. 10 April 1878
  • Rodger McQuillan was born in 1841 in County Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • He was the son of John McQuillan and Mary Ann Kelly.
  • In September 1869 John and Rodger McQuillan were living next to William Murphy at Highfields. Their relationship with their neighbour was far from cordial. The Darling Downs Gazette reported " TOOWOOMBA POLICE COURT.Tuesday, September 7. (Before T. Plews and E. If. Robinson, Esqrs., JJ.P.)
    Roger M'Quillan was charged with unlawfully assaulting W. Murphy at Highfields. Mr. Hamilton for defendant. Wm. Murphy, farmer of Highfields, said he was going home to breakfast on the morning of September 2nd, and heard loud talking near the house ; went to the garden and saw two men and two women, who were shouting out, 'Where is Murphy! It was a bad day for him when he meddled with us : he (witness): enquired what they wanted, and the defendant immediately pulled off his coat, invited witness to come outside, and said he would take satisfaction out of him ; witness at length accepted the invitation, and went over into the defendant's paddock, when he was struck violently on the arm with a stick ; a general scrim mage took place, after which all parties appeared to be satisfied and went away. Cross-examined by Mr. Hamilton : My paddock is next the defendant's ; when I was invited to go over into the paddock the defendant was prepared for business ; 1 took off my coat when 1 got over the fence so as to be ready for the light. Thos. Walsh was present when the difficulty occurred ; the defendant charged Murphy with inflicting some malicious injury upon his cow, and said he would ' regulate' him' ; Murphy then went over the fence to institute a few preliminary inquiries when the defendant struck him across the arm with a stick. Cross-examined by Mr. Hamilton : I was present during the whole of the row ; the light took place in M'Quillan's paddock, and they both appeared to be determined for a fight. The case was dismissed. John M’Quillan was then charged with striking the aforementioned William Murphy with his closed list, on the 2nd September. The evidence in this case went to show that a general fight had taken place, in which the defend ant had barely obtained second honours, and received a fair amount of punishment. After bearing the evidence of the complainant the case was dismissed."
  • The McQuillan brothers were amonst the first to select land at Perseverance. John, together with James and Rodger selected portions 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Crow's Nest Parish when the Tooth sheep run at Perseverance was resumed and opened up for closer settlement. James also selected portion 15 Ravensbourne Parish and in 1890 John also aquired some land in Ravensbourne.
  • Rodger McQuillan died on 10 April 1878 in Queensland.
  • He was buried on 12 April 1878 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. RCOLD1-018-0001.

Rodger McQuillan

M, b. 1881, d. 3 November 1963
  • Rodger McQuillan was born in 1881 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of James McQuillan and Catherine Zeller.
  • Around 1895 Filshie & Broadfoot built a mill on the eastern side of Perseverance Creek near the Perseverance bridge. Dave Broadfoot managed the mill for about 15 years. Some of the workers were Bill Wilkes, Dan McQuillan, Walter Scott, Fred Lent (a yardman), Tom Eames and Mr Albion, the engine driver. Bill and Rodger McQuillan were bullock drivers for the mill.

  • Rodger McQuillan was granted probate for the estate of James McQuillan on in February 1902 --- James M'Quillan, Perseverance, farmer, to Rodger M'Quillan and Lawrence Diamond, Perseverance, farmers. Death occurred 14th September, 1901. Probate granted 3rd December. Realty and personalty, £1984 10s.
  • Rodger McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Crow's Nest. He was a farmer.
  • Rodger McQuillan died on 3 November 1963 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Sarah McQuillan

F, b. 26 July 1898

Thomas Patrick McQuillan

M, b. 13 December 1890
  • Thomas Patrick McQuillan was born on 13 December 1890.
  • He was the son of John McQuillan and Annie Catherine Scholmier.
  • Thomas Patrick McQuillan appeared on the Electoral Roll with Annie Catherine Scholmier and John McQuillan in 1913 in Perseverance. John was a farmer, daughter Mary carried out home duties and Thomas Patrick was a dairyman at Perseverance.
  • At the age of 28 years, Thomas Patrick McQuillan married Margaret Ann O'Connor in 1919 in Queensland.
  • Thomas Patrick McQuillan and Margaret Ann O'Connor appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1921 and 1925 living at Perseverance. He was a dairyman.

Child of Thomas Patrick McQuillan and Margaret Ann O'Connor