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Alfred (Alf) John MCLEAN

Alfred (Alf) John MCLEAN[1]

Male 1871 - 1907  (35 years)

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  • Name Alfred (Alf) John MCLEAN  [2
    Nickname Alf 
    Born 16 Oct 1871  Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • birth 'Waterloo', Angas Plains, SA
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • «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  [2
    • Inhaling carbonic acid fumes while trying to eradicate fleas in the house.
    Died 6 Mar 1907  Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • death 'Waterloo', Angas Plains, SA
    Buried Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-3835  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2017 

    Father John MCLEAN,   b. 6 Feb 1818, Argyllshire Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1903, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship -971 
    Mother Mary STACEY,   b. 4 Oct 1822, Perth Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1872, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship -971 
    Married 25 Sep1845  Macclesfield SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Family ID F-971  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marie Alwena Elizabeth BERNDT,   b. 1872,   d. 10 Mar 1943  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 9 Aug 1904  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Children 
     1. Mona Mildred Agricola MCLEAN,   b. 23 May 1905, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1995, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  []
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2017 09:12:04 
    Family ID F-1260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    'Alfred John and Edwin James thats our two little babies names'
    "Alfred John and Edwin James thats our two little babies names"

    Documents

    BDM Marriage Alfred John McLean & Marie Alwine Elizabeth Berndt 9th Aug 1904 Adelaide SA
    BDM- Marriage Alfred John McLean & Marie Alwine Elizabeth Berndt on 9th Aug 1904 in Adelaide SA
    BDM- Marriage Alfred John McLean & Marie Alwine Elizabeth Berndt on 9th Aug 1904 in Adelaide SA
    BDM BIRTH Edwin James McLean & Alfred John McLean on 16th Oct 1871 at Strathalbyn to John McLean & Mary, nee Stacey.pdf
    BDM BIRTH Edwin James McLean & Alfred John McLean on 16th Oct 1871 at Strathalbyn to John McLean & Mary, nee Stacey.pdf
    McLean Family Bible-bought and paid for 17 Mar 1835. Two years prior to Australian arrival.
    McLean Family Bible-bought and paid for 17 Mar 1835. Two years prior to Australian arrival.

    Headstones

    HS-MCLEAN Alf d1907 accidental poisoning, wife Elsie

    Stories
    1995 - Alfred John McLean & Edwin James McLean & Marie Alwena Elizabeth Berndt & Adelaide Rose Hull & Olivia Mary Parker
    1995 - Alfred John McLean & Edwin James McLean & Marie Alwena Elizabeth Berndt & Adelaide Rose Hull & Olivia Mary Parker
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995

  • Notes 
    • Twin [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995), 324. (Reliability: 3).

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

    3. [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

    4. [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

    5. [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy, Spouse of person 14-iv.

    6. [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.

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

    8. [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