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Anthony (Hugh) MCLEAN

Anthony (Hugh) MCLEAN

Male 1895 - 1978  (82 years)

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  • Name Anthony (Hugh) MCLEAN  [1
    Born 27 Aug 1895  Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • Anthony (Hugh) McLean born 27/8/1895 at Narrabeen.

      He featured in the sea rescue described above. Although his obituary gives his birth as in Aug. 1896, the next child having been born April 1897 does not permit of the at least 9 months between family members, hence the alteration to 1895. Nor was he the 6th son of the Rover - he was the 2nd nor were the McLeans the very first family at Manly Cove, Narrabeen. (See the 1925 newspaper article already given although not in full). But Anthony Hugh's obituary has much of interest as printed in a newspaper of Ballarat, Victoria.

      It states that Hugh was the last surviving member of the original and 1st Boy Scout Troop in Australia with the members being drawn from Dee Why and Collaroy between Narrabeen and Manly. The troop was formed in 1906.

      On 5/12/1909 the McLean children witnessed the 1st flight of an Australian built aircraft and piloted by G. A. Taylor, not powered by an engine but by 30 persons pulling on ropes from the then sand dunes at Narrabeen. At 15 Hugh joined his brotherain-law Parker Johnston at the Victorian Forest nursery at Broadford, Vic., commenced 1911 for the growing of pines. Hugh was sent to Pt Campbell with Gerry Geraghty (later the Chairman of the Vic. Forrestry Commission) and from there Hugh returned to Broadford.

      Marriage:to Myrtle Annie Burge at Broadford, Vic.

      The next move was to French Island (the Penal Settlement) to work at the plantation there. By 1922 the family was at Scarsdale - Linton area on a similar project.

      At Linton his reputation as a rifle-man arose with his many trophies. Dunng 1928 the family was sent to Ouyen Forestry District, extending to the SA border where Hugh established Hardwood Forests under very adverse conditions. He was made Life Governor of the Ouyen Hospital for his work on the grounds and he set up the Ouyen scout Troop. June 1939 saw Hugh and his family at Lal Lal for him to establish the Hardwood Forest there and his many activities are listed in his obituary, He retired in 1962 after 50 years service with the Victorian Forests Commission to Ballarat where he resided until the time of his death on 13/7/1978 aged 83 years. His wife Myrtle (b. 4/1/1900) had died on 21/5/1970. (Both interred at Ballarat)
    Died 13 Jul 1978  Ballarat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Ballarat Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-2536  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the elder) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 

    Father Donald (the Rover) MCLEAN,   b. 8 Mar 1857, Lake Alexandrina SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1932, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship -823 
    Mother Mary HILLARY 
    Relationship -823 
    Family ID F-823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Myrtle Annie BURGE,   b. 4 Jan 1900,   d. 21 May 1970  (Age 70 years) 
    Children 
     1. Keith Hugh MCLEAN,   b. 8 Sep 1923,   d. 23 Jul 1992  (Age 68 years)  []
     2. RW M
     3. MB M
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2013 14:19:00 
    Family ID F-838  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0218 - Amy McLean, Mr & Mrs Archie McLean, Adelaide Giles, Myrtle & Hugh McLean.jpg
    0218 - Amy McLean, Mr & Mrs Archie McLean, Adelaide Giles, Myrtle & Hugh McLean.jpg
    0622 - Hugh McLean.jpg
    0622 - Hugh McLean.jpg
    0215 - Kindor, Hugh & Donald McLean.jpg
    0215 - Kindor, Hugh & Donald McLean.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

    Stories
    1995 - Anthony (Hugh) McLean & Myrtle Annie Burge
    1995 - Anthony (Hugh) McLean & Myrtle Annie Burge
    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).