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  • 49 years of age at time of disappearance.
  • Medium build
  • Greying short hair


  • Arrived in Port Hedland on-board MV Iron Whyalla on Sunday 10 January 1982.
  • Disembarked and went to a licensed premises by himself to have a drink.
  • Met two women whilst at the licensed premises.
  • A crewmate joined him at the licensed premises, had a quick drink and the crew member returned to the ship just after dusk.
  • Mr Quinn remained at the licensed premises in company with the two women.
  • Did not return to the ship and the MV Iron Whyalla left port without him on Friday 15 January 1982.


John Henry Quinn was born in June 1932 and was working as a seaman on the vessel MV Iron Whyalla. He was the father of two children.


On Sunday 10 January 1982, Mr Quinn arrived aboard the vessel MV Iron Whyalla, in Port Hedland.

Mr Quinn went ashore and began drinking at a licensed premises in Port Hedland. Soon after, he was joined by a fellow crewmate. Mr Quinn had befriended two Aboriginal women at this location. After a quick drink, the crewmate left to return to the ship just after dark, as the ship’s crew were instructed to do by their superior officers and left Mr Quinn at the location with the two females.

Mr Quinn did not return to the ship that night and on Friday 15 January 1982, the ship departed Port Hedland. Mr Quinn had not returned to the ship by the departure date and a senior officer was notified. All of Mr Quinn’s personal belongings were still on board the vessel.

If you have any information about the disappearance of John Henry Quinn or his movements around Port Hedland on Sunday 10 January 1982, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below. Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are offered.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Working Together by DuShong

The artwork titled ‘Working Together’ represents the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia working together in harmony to rejuvenate the land by controlled fires.

In this artwork it also represents our community today working together to keep our neighbourhood safe from crime.

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