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OBITUA [UY. Mr Michael Quinlan, whose death was announced in Friday's " Spec tator," was born in Tipperary, Ireland, 79 years ago. He came out to Australia in 1859, and after spending some time in the Koroit district, went to Hawkesdale, and took up land in 1865. The de ceased gentleman was possessed of keen business ability, and his pro perty, Minhamite, was worked suc cessfully, mostly for grazing pur Doses, while he also. acquired 100 acres of very rich country at Cross ley. Mr Quinlan was elected a member of the Minhamite Shire Council 40 years ago, and, with the exception of one break of 12 months, had represented the South East riding continuously up to the time of his death. He was several times offered the position of presi dent, but could not be induced to accept the office. He was of a charitable disposition, and many quiet acts of kindness endeared him to a number of people whose cir cumstances in life were not as pros perous as could be wished. Mr Quinlan was very fond of a good horse, and was a regular visitor to the Winter meeting of the Warr nambool Racing Club, and several times he filled the position of judge at the Hawkesdale races. He had always enjoyed robust health until about four-months agd, when 'he was attacked by a disease which defied the skill of medical men in the district and Melbourne. Re covering somewhat he attended the October meeting of the Minhamite council, but on November 4 again went to Melbourne to consult a specialist. A week ago he became weaker, but friends who visited him had no idea that the end was so near, and he was able to trans act important business right up to the last. He died on Thursday morning, November 26. Mr Quin lan leaves one daughter, for'whom the deepest sympathy is expressed. His remains were interred in the Borafa Boram cemetery on Friday, the Very Rev. Father Shanahan conducting the funeral service.