James Quinn (bishop)

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James Quinn, also known as James O'Quinn[1] (17 March 1819 – 18 August 1881[2]), was the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Brisbane.[3][4]

Bishop James Quinn, c. 1860

Quinn was born at Rathbane, County Kildare, Ireland, son of Matthew Quinn, a farmer, and his wife Mary née Doyle.[2] A brother, Matthew Quinn, became the Roman Catholic Bishop of Bathurst, New South Wales. James was educated in Ireland and at the Jesuits' College at Rome. He was ordained priest in 1843, and was engaged in educational work in Dublin.[3] In June 1859, when the see of Brisbane was created, he was appointed the first bishop, but did not arrive in Queensland until 1861.[3] In 1875 he added an "O" to his surname. He tried to obtain government support for Catholic schools and clashed with Mother Mary MacKillop.[1] He died on 30 August 1881 aged sixty-two, having done a good deal to moderate the acerbity of Irish factions feeling during his episcopate.[3]


  1. ^ a b Boland, T.P. "Aquinas Memorial Lecture 1979". Australian Catholic University. 
  2. ^ a b Gibbney, H. J. "Quinn, James (1819–1881)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Quinn, Right Rev. James". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
  4. ^ "Bishop James Quinn". Your Brisbane: Past and Present. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
new creation
1st Catholic Bishop of Brisbane
1859 – 1881
Succeeded by
Robert Dunne