Thomas Beirne (businessman)
|Queensland Legislative Council|
27 July 1905 – 23 March 1922
|Born||Thomas Charles Beirne
9 September 1860
Ballymacurly, Roscommon, Ireland
|Died||21 April 1949
|Resting place||Nudgee Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Annie Kavanagh (m.1887 d.1940)|
|Relations||Neal Macrossan (son-in-law), Henry Douglas (son-in-law), Alex Douglas (great grandson)|
|Occupation||Draper, company director|
Thomas Beirne was born on 9 July 1860 in County Roscommon at Ballymacurly, near Ballymoe. He migrated to Melbourne on the Lusitania in February 1884. A series of business ventures saw him establish a successful drapery business in Brisbane, Queensland.
In Brisbane Beirne became an active member of the Brisbane Traders' Association, including its president in 1901. He was also a board member of Brisbane Tramway Co, Australian Mutual Provident Society, the Atlas Assurance Co and the British Australian Cotton Association.
He was awarded a papal knighthood of the Order of St Gregory by pope Pius XI and was a close associate with politicians William Higgs and Frank McDonnell and was friends with Archbishop James Duhig.
Beirne died in 1949. His funeral, which was presided over by Archbishop James Duhig, was held at St Stephen's Cathedral and proceeded to the Nudgee Cemetery. Despite his generosity during his lifetime, he left an estate of over £1.24 million which was mainly bequeathed to his five daughters and numerous grandchildren.
Thomas Beirne is remembered today by:
- T C Beirne Park, a park that once formed part of the grounds of his Hendra home, Glengariff 
- TC Beirne Department Store, now the T C Beirne Centre, a shopping center in Fortitude Valley 
- TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland
A number of buildings associated with Thomas Beirne are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, including:
- his home Glengariff in Hendra 
- his retail premises TC Beirne Department Store 
- accommodation built for his staff Bulolo Flats 
- Beirne, Thomas Charles (1860–1949) – Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- TC Beirne' at Brisbane's History in photographs.
- "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "Family Notices.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 22 April 1949. p. 12. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "THIS MAN MADE A MILLION.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 23 June 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "TC Beirne Park | Hendra Toddler Playground - Brisbane Kids". Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- "TCB On the Valley Mall". www.tcbcentre.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- "Glengariff (entry 600222)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "TC Beirne Complex and Fortuneland Centre (entry 601395)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- "Bulolo Flats (entry 602188)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.