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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Donald (the Rover) MCLEAN

Donald (the Rover) MCLEAN

Male 1857 - 1932  (75 years)

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  • Name Donald (the Rover) MCLEAN  [1
    Nickname Donald the Rover 
    Born 8 Mar 1857  Lake Alexandrina SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • DONALD McLEAN born 8/3/1857. Gaelic Bible and registration. Known to the family as "Donald the Rover" and hereafter as "Donald Rover" to distinguish him from other Donald McLeans. He had an interesting life and a large family so there is a good deal to set out.

      HISTORY: He was born at "Coewey",near Milang, Lake Alexandrina SA. A newspaper article of later years said he was well known at the Coorong and at Kingston where his brother Hughie's family was. He was a pioneer of Narrabeen, SA from 1883.

      Donald Rover left from Meningie SA aged 18 years in 1875 before his father's death there in 1876. By the time he was 19 he had reached Scotland and was soon shipping horses to India. This promising line of business failed due to a famine in that country which caused a decline in trading. He trained riders and supervised the breaking-in of horses after he joined the Indian Police Force, as a trooper, the first European to do so.

      Then came an accident at Calcutta and he was in hospital there for three months. He left India to return to South Australia on 19/6/1877. Unfortunately his discharge papers and effects were lost at Adelaide.

      He found work at the Jesuit College vineyards near Clare SA, 84 miles north of Adelaide and at the time of his marriage his occupation was that of ostler.

      MARRIAGE: details from the certificate - to Mary Hillary, spinster aged 18 (Donald was 23), daughter of Anthony Hillary. Donald's residence was then at Kapunda and hers at Nadalya, Woolshed Flat. They married at the Jesuit Chapel at Seven Hills near Clare, S.A. The witnesses were J. Corcoran of Auburn, S.A. and Margaret Hillary, spinster, of Nadalya, Woolshed Flat, S.A.

      The first two children were born at Auburn, S.A. By late 1883, Donald had gone to N.S.W. to see what possibilities presented themselves. By the November, he was at Narrabeen NSW. The Manly "Daily" of May 1924 had a full page article on the history of Narrabeen with a heading "at Narrabeen - 41 years with Donald McLean". A sub-heading said "Donald McLean discovers Narrabeen". This page can be obtained from D. & C. McLean Genealogical Council, cost $5.

      A summary begins that the year 1884 when Donald McLean's whiskers were not as iron grey as after 41 years residence when as a vigorous young man of 27 he had the map of Scotland on his weather worn countenance, but continued that he was a dinkum Aussie born at Milang near Lake Alexandrina in S.A.

      He settled at Narrabeen NSW in June 1884 and remained there. He entered the employ of O. B, West of the Mt Ramsay Estate and was in charge of growing com, wheaten hay, sorghum, and reared store cattle. lt also said (erroneously) that his grandfather Donald McLean grew the first wheat in S.A. near " Glen Osborne" S.A. now a suburb of Adelaide (meaning Glen Osmond perhaps).

      He found contract work more rewarding and constructed Middle Head Wharf roads, bridges and wharves and rebuilt the Manly Bridge, constructed Middle Head Wharf for the Defence Dept in the 1890s. The floodgate bridge at Kogarah and another at Belmoe. He rebuilt the Pittwater wharves near Church Point and repaired the Narrabeen Bridge and was so occupied for over 20 years.

      In 1904 he began a boating business and store with contract work interspersed. On his arrival in 1884 there were only 3 other families as neighbours. His own first house was near Wetherill Street, but in 1687 he moved to the corner of Devitt St. and Pittwater Road. Others arrived but until the advent of the tram the area was sparsely populated with only 21 residents within 2 miles of the Narrabeen Receiving (Postal) Office in January 1894. On 11/11/1896 Donald succeeded as
      Post Master and the office was moved to his house which became also the Telephone Of in January 1897 and his salary was increased by 10 pounds ($20) per annum as an Operator to add to his annual 15 pounds ($30) for his services.

      He built a new brick two storey house in 1912 and the P.O. and Telephone exchange were moved there. The population had risen to 115 persons and Donald only resigned in 1930 in favour of his son Kindor. The P.O. was in McLean hands for 65 years. The Rover had been busy otherwise over the years. He had built his boat in 1904 and by 1924 had 14 on the Lake which he hired out for fishing and pleasure parties, however he had long since ceased to rove. He fathered 14 children, 12 of whom survived. As the newspaper article expressed it "Verily he had his quiver full".

      DEATH: Donald died aged 75 years at Narrabeen on 31/5/1932 and was buried at Manly on 2/6/1932. Mary's death date is not available but was in the 1938/9 period.

      A photograph (photocopy) of Donald the Rover aged 18 (and another dated 26/12/1910 of himself, Mary his wife and 12 children) is with the McLean memorabilia.
      .........

      In 1885, his third child, Mary, was born at the "Rock Lily" Tavern, Mona Vale which was then the staging post for the northern coast. Donald built a small wooden house at Narrabeen where there is now the median strip of a 6 lane highway. lt eventually became the back scullery and laundry of the 2 storey brick house already mentioned as being both home and Post Office until the new P.O. was erected, (information from Betty O'Gorman, daughter of Kindor McLean).

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    Occupation CLARE SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    OSTLER; He found work at the Jesuit College vineyards near Clare SA, 84 miles north of Adelaide and at the time of his marriage his occupation was that of ostler.
     
    Occupation 1875  India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    HORSE TRADER; Donald Rover left from Meningie SA aged 18 years in 1875 before his father's death there in 1876. By the time he was 19 he had reached Scotland and was soon shipping horses to India. This promising line of business failed due to a famine in that country which caused a decline in trading. He trained riders and supervised the breaking-in of horses after he joined the Indian Police Force, as a trooper, the first European to do so.

    Then came an accident at Calcutta and he was in hospital there for three months. He left India to return to South Australia on 19/6/1877. 
    Died 31 May 1932  Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 2 Jun 1932  Manly NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-2488  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the elder) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2017 

    Father Ewen (Hugh the elder) MCLEAN,   b. 20 Feb 1814, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1876, Meningie SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship -764 
    Mother Christina BLACK,   b. 1830, Iona Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1907, Albert Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship -764 
    Married 15 May 1849  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • MARRIED AT Church of Scotland, Hindley St, Adelaide SA
    Children of marriage Christina and Hugh had 10 children from 1850 to 1869.  
    Marriage/Wedding Christina and married Hugh McLean just six months after she arrived in the colony.
    She was 18 yrs and he was 35 yrs.

     
    Family ID F-764  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary HILLARY 
    Children 
     1. Mary MCLEAN,   b. 9 Oct 1881, Auburn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1881  (Age 0 years)  []
     2. Florence MCLEAN,   b. 23 Jun 1883, Auburn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     3. Mary Margaret MCLEAN,   b. 28 Oct 1885, Pyrmont NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1962  (Age 76 years)  []
     4. Adelaide Narrabeen MCLEAN,   b. 1887, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1978  (Age 91 years)  []
     5. Donald MCLEAN,   b. 18 Dec 1889, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Christabel MCLEAN,   b. 1891, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943  (Age 52 years)
     7. Anthony (Hugh) MCLEAN,   b. 27 Aug 1895, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1978, Ballarat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  []
     8. Amy Maude Hillary MCLEAN,   b. 4 Apr 1897, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1991, Mona Vale NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     9. John Thomas (Jack) MCLEAN,   b. 18 Dec 1899, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1960  (Age 60 years)
     10. Allan Christopher Lancelot Duncan MCLEAN,   b. 20 Jan 1903, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1934  (Age 31 years)
     11. Archibald Edward Frederick Baden MCLEAN,   b. 20 Jan 1903, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1982  (Age 79 years)
     12. Kindor Lawrence Geoffrey MCLEAN,   b. 13 Mar 1905, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1981, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     13. Septimus MCLEAN,   b. 22 Jul 1907, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1907, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     14. Honor Victoria MCLEAN,   b. 23 Jan 1909, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1962, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2016 00:36:19 
    Family ID F-823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0213 - Donald (The Rover) McLean, aged 18 years.jpg
    0213 - Donald (The Rover) McLean, aged 18 years.jpg
    0216 - The Family of Mary & Donald (The Rover) McLean in 1910.jpg
    0216 - The Family of Mary & Donald (The Rover) McLean in 1910.jpg

    Documents
    BDM - BIRTH Donald McLean on 8th March 1857 at Lake Alexandrina
    BDM - BIRTH Donald McLean on 8th March 1857 at Lake Alexandrina
    Source: Strathalbyn & Bremer District 36-1857
    The name was not written on the birth certificate initially, but was added later (at the far right, truncated)

    Stories
    1995 - Donald (Rover) McLean & Mary Hillary
    1995 - Donald (Rover) McLean & Mary Hillary
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995).

    2. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4.
      MCLEAN Hugh, Christina BLACK, parents of child born 1857-03-08 named [?] at Lake Alexandrina SA Confirmed by the said website and nothing altered.
      Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016

    3. [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached .

    4. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4.
      MCLEAN Hugh, Christina BLACK married 1849-05-15 at Adelaide, aged 32=Hugh b 1817, and Christina at 18=b1831
      confirmed by the said website of Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
      I have NOT altered Hughs birthdate from 1814 to 1817 BECAUSE of the citation on his birth stating his baptism year/date 1814 in some detail; - confirmed by the said website of Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016