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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1871 - 1907 (35 years)
||Alfred (Alf) John MCLEAN  |
||16 Oct 1871
||Angas Plains SA [2, 3]
- birth 'Waterloo', Angas Plains, SA
- «b»ALFRED JOHN McLEAN«/b» ) Twin sons of John and Mary McLean,
«b»EDWIN JAMES McLEAN«/b» ) born at "Waterloo" Angas Plains on 16/10/1871.
The twin boys were the 3rd and 4th sons, and 12th and 13th children of this family.
The twins were only 13 months old when their mother died of "milk fever". She had breast fed the twins up to the time she died.
Their father, John McLean, found himself in an invidious position as it seems the older members of the family were not inclined to become responsible for them. It was arranged that Miss Elizabeth Dixon be housekeeper and she and John married in the twin were 2.5 years old.
Ted McLean (Edwin James) in later years was to give full credit to his stepmother for the manner in which she managed affairs on the farm. Elizabeth was a good manager and an economical housewife. Ted used to describe how nothing was wasted, and the children could eat for instance "bread and butter, or bread and jam" but not all three items together. He used to say "if it hadn't been for her, there would have been no farm in the end!"
The twins farmed "Waterloo" Angas Plains in conjunction with their father.
MARRIAGE: ln 1899 Edwin James McLean and Adelaide Rose Hull, of Adelaide, were married in Strathalbyn. Edwin had met his wife through her brothers who had been working in the district.
At this time Edwin had not commenced construction of his subsequent home, "Maplemore" on Section 2075 opposite "Waterloo". As a temporary home he established separate living quarters in the end of the farm barn. The framing of this temporary accommodation can still be seen today!
In the meantime the biggest development ever known in agriculture occurred with the development of the artificial plant manure - superphosphate. This has previously been mentioned.
John McLean died aged 87 years
Subsequently in the execution of John's will, Alfred and Edwin McLean jointly purchased the whole "Waterloo" property, which they continued to farm on shares until 1919.
MARRIAGE: ln the meantime Alfred John McLean in 1904 married Miss Marie Alwena Elizabeth (Else) Berndt, of Adelaide, a friend of Ted's wife. Mrs McLean, Senior, and her daughters. Elizabeth and Florence, moved into Strathalbyn to live and Alf with his bride, occupied the "Waterloo" homestead. Ted and Addie in the meantime having moved to their new home "Maplemore".
Up to this time they had been childless, but by odd circumstance both ladies became pregnant within a few weeks of each other, Else and Alf having a daughter, Mona Mildred Agncola, and Addie and Ted also a daughter, Loma Edith, - Mona born on 23/5/1905 and Lorna on 14/7/1905.
Mona became a teacher in the S.A. Education Department, holding various senior appointments being Headmistress of Black Forest Infant School on her retirement in 1965.
Loma became a triple-certi nursing sister, holding various appointments throughout the State before retiring as Matron, Port Lincoln Hospital. She died on 17/4/1975 at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Mona McLean, aged 90 years, currently resides in good health, at Linden Park. Being the senior living descendant of John and Mary McLean.
DEATH: Alfred John McLean's death occurred suddenly, at the age of 35 years on 6«sup»th«/sup» March, 1907, at "Waterloo" Angas Plains in the following circumstances:- "In the evening he proceeded to disinfect a room in the house by means of a solution of carbolic acid and water to eradicate fleas, using a watering can as he had on previous occasions. On the completion of the work he walked towards the stable trough, to rinse out the can and complained of sickness.
He called out to his wife, "Else, l'm poisoned; get me some salt and water.' She immediately got the emetic, which he swallowed. He tried to take a second dose, but fell to the ground and all possible means were used to restore consciousness. He died within two or three minutes.
A Police inquest was held - Mr Edwin J McLean, twin brother, stated that the deceased was 35 years old and in the best of health. He held a lantem in the room during the disinfecting process. The nozzle fell off the can once or twice, and his brother was careful to hold it with a piece of paper to replace it.
He believed the door of the room that was being fumigated was shut. Dr Curtis was of opinion that death was caused through the deceased inhaling carbolic acid fumes
The jury recorded a verdict - "That death was due to accidental inhalation of poisonous fumes".
Following this fatality, Mrs Else McLean continued to share farm the property, in conjunction with her brother-in-law, Ted McLean, until 1920.
DEATHS: ln 1914, Mrs Addie McLean became ill with a then incurable disease, pernicious anaemia, experiencing a long illness until her death on 25th April, 1918.
This disease these days is virtually unknown, and a patient showing symptoms is speedily prescribed drug treatment now available.
She was buried in the Strathalbyn Cemetery.
2ND MARRIAGE: ln the meantime, Ted McLean remarried in Melbourne on 26/7/1919 to Miss «b»Olivia Mary Parker«/b», who had relatives in the district » an aunt, Mrs Agnes Oldfield, near Milang.
Mrs Olivia McLean was a talented musician, beingan Associate of the London College of Music. She taught music and played at various functions - her most successful pupil locally was Mr (later Senator) Gordon S. Davidson.
In 1920 Mrs Else McLean retired to Norwood. She took up residence at 66 Beulah Rd, Norwood, being most hospitable to the family of her brother-in-law, Ted McLean. She died in Adelaide on 10/3/1943.
Ted and Olivia had three sons - Alfred in 1920, John in 1921 and Ben in 1925.
In 1928 Ted won the Southern Wheat Crop Competition with a crop grown where "Navarino" homestead is now situated. Ted called this paddock the "pine paddock" because it was vegetated mainly with native pines when cleared.
This crop was an excellent and heavy crop, and because of a riding accident just prior to harvest, Ted was unable to reap the crop himself. He engaged Mr Bill Day of Milang to reap the crop with a Case side-engined tractor and header. This was the tractor used on McLean properties.
DEATH: Ted McLean continued farming on "MapIemore" Angas Plains until his death on 23«sup»rd«/sup» August, 1950 at Strathalbyn.
Mrs Olivia McLean stayed with Else McLean and her daughter Mona, prior to the birth of Olivia's youngest son, Benjamin Emest McLean. ln 1942 Else built, with her daughter. Mona a modem home at Linden Park where Mona continues to reside in 1995, aged 90 years.
DEATH: Mrs Olivia McLean died on 2nd August 1955, at Strathalbyn.
|Cause of death
||Accidental poisoning  |
- Inhaling carbonic acid fumes while trying to eradicate fleas in the house.
||6 Mar 1907
||Angas Plains SA 
- death 'Waterloo', Angas Plains, SA
||Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
||2 Jun 2017 |
||John MCLEAN, b. 6 Feb 1818, Argyll Scotland , d. 14 Dec 1903, Angas Plains SA (Age 85 years) |
||Mary STACEY, c. 21 Jul 1829, Stogursey Somerset , d. 15 Nov 1872, Angas Plains SA (Age ~ 43 years) |
||Macclesfield SA [4, 5, 6]
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
"Alfred John and Edwin James thats our two little babies names" [twins] this line was melodically sung to me many days of my life by my Father Benjamin Ernest McLean. Often 'everyone' joining in [Lorna Joan Mclean}
Alfred McLean accidental poisoning at 36 yoa at cowshed, Maplemore, Angas Plains South Australia
HS-MCLEAN Alf d1907 accidental poisoning, wife Elsie
- [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. , 324. (Reliability: 3).
- [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .
- [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au (Reliability: 3), 15 Feb 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
BIRTH:1871 child-MCLEAN Alfred John, father:John MCLEAN mother:Mary STACEY of Strathalbyn SA RegNo:101/47
- [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4, 8 Dec 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
FOUND TO BE INCORRECT ON MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE No282574 COPY WITH GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER ON 8TH DEC 2017, Researcher Lorna McLean.
ERROR;MCLEAN John, Mary STACEY married 1845-05-29 at Chapel, Macclesfield SA, aged 27=1818 which was 1816 for John Mclean, 18=1827 for Mary Stacey so year of birth 1829 was altered for Mary Stacey and John McLean from 1816 to 1818
Married date 25Sep1845 has no citation by Edwin McLean; so altered to this date 29 May 1845
Confirmed by the said website and alterations were made with citations from Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
- [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy, Spouse of person 14-iv.
- [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached , Marriage Certificate No282574 in district of Hindmarsh, 8 Dec 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
Marriage Certificate282574 cites marriage 25 Sep 1845 at Chapel Maccesfield SA in presence of Harriett Stacey all parties signed with a cross.
- [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached .
- [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au (Reliability: 3), 15 Feb 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
MARRIAGE:1904 RegNo:220/539 groom-MCLEAN,Alfred John bride-BERNDT,Marie Alwena Elizabeth at Adelaide SA