Patrick Quinlan (cricketer)

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Patrick Quinlan
Personal information
Full name Patrick Francis Quinlan
Born (1891-03-17)17 March 1891
Perth, Western Australia,
Died 15 August 1935(1935-08-15) (aged 44)
Perth, Western Australia,
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
Relations BG Quinlan (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1912 Woodbrook C&G
1912–1914 Ireland
1925–1929 Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition F/C
Matches 13
Runs scored 530
Batting average 26.50
100s/50s 0/4
Top score 80
Balls bowled 884
Wickets 10
Bowling average 53.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/38
Catches/stumpings 8/-
Source: CricketArchive, 26 October 2011

Patrick Francis Quinlan (17 March 1891 – 15 August 1935) was an Australian cricketer and lawyer. The son of Timothy Quinlan, an Irish-born politician, Quinlan was educated in Ireland where he played cricket for Dublin University and the Irish national team. He returned to Western Australia in 1920 to practise law, and also played several cricket matches for Western Australia. He died in 1935 after a long illness.


Quinlan was born on 17 March 1891 in Perth, Western Australia, to Timothy Francis Quinlan and Teresa Connor. His father had served as Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, while his maternal grandfather, Daniel Connor, was a noted businessman. Quinlan was sent to Ireland at age 15 to attend Clongowes Wood College, along with his older brother, Bernard Gerald Quinlan, who was studying medicine at the University of Dublin. He was accepted into Trinity College at Dublin University in 1910. His education was interrupted by the First World War, and he returned to Perth, but Quinlan returned to Dublin to finish his degree after the war's conclusion, subsequently graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1920.[1] Quinlan took up playing cricket while in Ireland, making his debut for the Dublin University Cricket Club in 1911. He soon established himself in the first XI, and played for the club against a full Hampshire side in May 1911, alongside his brother.[2] Playing mainly as an opening batsman, he was also a useful medium-pace bowler in his early days, with a best of 7/20 from 15.3 overs against a team from County Cork.[3] Quinlan made his first-class debut for a Woodbrook Club and Ground side against the touring South Africans.[4] Three days later, he was selected to make his debut for the Irish cricket team against the South Africans, scoring two runs and a duck in the first and second innings, respectively, playing as an opener.[5] He also played for Ireland in the traditional match against Scotland in 1912, 1913 and 1914.[4]

After graduating from Dublin in 1920, Quinlan returned to Western Australia, where he entered into a partnership with J. R. Maxwell in the legal firm of J. and R. Maxwell. He played WACA District cricket for the East Perth Cricket Club, and represented Western Australia on tours to the Eastern states in three seasons. He captained the side in one match against South Australia in March 1927. He carried his bat in the first innings, scoring 40 runs out of the side's innings of 131, to become the first Western Australian cricketer to do so.[6] In addition to his cricketing activities, Quinlan was a member of the Western Australian Turf Club, and owned several racehorses.[1] In 1925, he married Ella Byrne, the daughter of Louis Byrne, who had previously served as the Dublin coroner, with whom he had one daughter. Quinlan died at his home on Mounts Bay Road in Perth on 15 August 1935, after a long illness which had prevented him from working for four years. He had spent time in several European countries before his death in an attempt to find good health. He was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Mr. P. F. QUINLAN DEAD." – The West Australian. Published 16 August 1935. Retrieved from Trove, 26 October 2011.
  2. ^ Dublin University v Hampshire, 22, 23 May 1911, at College Park – CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  3. ^ PF Quinlan – Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b First-class matches played by Patrick Quinlan – CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  5. ^ Ireland v South Africa, 25–27 July 1912, at Woodbrook Cricket Club Ground – CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  6. ^ Western Australia v South Australia, 19, 21, 22, 23 March 1927, at the WACA Ground – CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 October 2011.