Ern McQuillan’s Remarkable Life

The world needs to “read all about it!”

I am now into the third year of working with Ernest Mervyn McQuillan OAM, talking regularly with him about his adventures as a leading Australian Press photographer in the twentieth century and exploring his remarkable “I was there” photographs. Together we have crafted materials which are ready to become recorded history. The subject matter is breathtakingly varied: world events and sport of all kinds including horse racing, cricket and several others.

Here now you will find a small set of samples:

Ern was listened to by significant people, constantly
Ern was listened to by significant people, constantly.

 

Ern was there to record key events such as the Petrov incident.
Ern was there to record key events like the Petrov affair.

 

Ern flew over Australia for c. four years with "Titus" Oats (war hero) photographing Australia.
Ern flew for c. four years with “Titus” Oats (war hero) photographing Australia.

 

 

Great sportsmen such as Bart Cummins willingly posed for Ern at the height of their fame.
Great sportsmen, at the height of their fame, willingly posed for Ern.

 

 

Darby Munro – "The Demon Darb!" This, a longtime friend.
Darby Munro – “The Demon Darb!” This, a longtime friend.
 Here are links to posts written about Ern:

The Importance of Being Ernest McQuillan

Racing: More On The Importance of Being Ernest McQuillan

The Further Adventures of Ern McQuillan OAM

Books have been part of my lifetime of work as a teacher. I have been teaching the history of important people, good and bad, for all those years. I am still amazed at my good fortune in knowing Ern. If this relationship tells his stories, that luck will be even greater. I believe also it will add to the lives of every future reader.

These pictures and comments are just an iceberg tip. THE REST MAKE AN AMAZING STORY.

There is the potential for several books – on our nation’s twentieth century history, and on remarkable, passionate incidents for several sporting categories.

FILM MAKERS? BOOK PUBLISHERS?

WHERE ARE YOU? IN AUSTRALIA OR ANYWHERE.

LET HIS AMAZING RECORDS BE KNOWN FOR THE FUTURE. WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF PICTURES. THE RESEARCH IS DONE.  FIND HIM AND GIVE HIS ART TO THE FUTURE. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!

Any publisher (film, video, TV or Text) will find us willing and I believe able colleagues.

 

Regards,

 

Royce (for Ern).

6 thoughts on “Ern McQuillan: A VITAL PART OF OUR HISTORY

  1. Hello Royce,
    Nice speaking with you today.
    I am a McQuillan genealogist associated with Clan McQuillan Association

    http://mcquillans.net/

    As I said, I have recently attempted to contact Ern McQuillan through the National Portrait Gallery, but so far I have failed.
    The Clan is vitally interested in your your research and would like to be included in your mailing list.
    My origins are Co. Armagh through Joseph 1762 – 1826. I am his third great grandson.
    Some time ago I was contacted by a McQuillan researcher in Queensland who claimed descent from Ern Snr’s family, but the contact withered on the vine, so to speak.
    I understand that Ern’s branch may also be from Co. Armagh and if so my branch may be related!
    I am retired and living in Yass NSW, where I occupy myself publishing local family histories and biographies.
    I would be very pleased to have further contact.
    Yours truly,
    Anthony J (Tony) MacQuillan

    1. Lovely to hear from you and talk with you today Tony. Next time I am in contact with the (possible) Sydney link with your family I will write back with information. This may not be for some time because of ongoing illness. I hope you keep up your writing and exploration of your family. I found your discussion very interesting. Ireland has long been one of my favourite places. I’m a real fan of Irish literature, especially Willie Yeats as poet and dramatist. The history too. It’s been a rough journey for the early Irish in Australia hasn’t it?

      Good going to you Tony.

      All my best wishes,

      Royce

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