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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Alfred Parker (Alf) MCLEAN

Alfred Parker (Alf) MCLEAN[1]

Male 1920 - 1998  (78 years)

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  • Name Alfred Parker (Alf) MCLEAN  [2
    Nickname Alf 
    Born 5 May 1920  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • «b»Alfred Parker McLean«/b», born 5/5/1920 at Strathalbyn, attended Angas Plains School and Strathalbyn High School, joining the S.A. Police Force in 1938. Now Dip. Local Govt. J.P.

      Alf entered into police training at the Police Depot, Port Adelaide, and Police Barracks, Thebarton, being sworn in at 21 years and posted to Naracoorte, thence to Mount Gambier, Adelaide, Thebarton Police Station, Kingoonya and Cowell - as well as relieving in many country and suburban stations.

      Kingoonya was an interesting experience in opening a new Police Station, about 400 miles from Adelaide, with district extending beyond Coober Pedy.

      After marrying Miss Lola Blackman, of Ararat, in 1953, they were transferred to Cowell. ln 1956 he was involved in the single handed arrest of an armed offender, who was threatening to shoot him. He was awarded a Police Commissioners Commendation for "displaying unusual physical courage and exceptional tact when arresting the armed offender".

      Later in 1956, Alf resigned from the Police Force on being appointed District Clerk of the District Council of Franklin Harbour, having in 1955 been appointed Secretary of the Cowell District Hospital, Inc. In these appointments he was greatly assisted by his wife, Lola, who was a registered triple-certi nurse.

      In 1974 he became Chief Executive Officer of the Glenelg District Community Hospital, lnc., until he retired in 1985.

      In 1988 he was invited back to Cowell by the Distnct Council to perform the of opening of the new District Council Chambers, located in the former National Bank Building. In this year he also organized the McLean Reunion, with the unveiling of a plaque at Marteston commemorating the growing of the 1838 wheat crop.

      He has been responsible for the preparation of the total manuscript of this publication, with the assistance of his wife, Lola, and local historian, Miss Margaret Stevenson. Margaret had previously completed the history of Dr John Rankine and his brothers who founded Strathalbyn. Owing to the McLean involvement with the Rankines, she became interested in Donald and Christina's history, and has worked painstakingly to prepare this history. She has been of immense help in this enterprise. Mrs Candy Scown, of Strathalbyn, has been the word processor for most of the manuscript. The generous help of Mrs Jill McDonald, author of "History of Ewen and Rachel McDonald and Descendants" (Rachel being a sister of John McLean) is also acknowledged.

      Married: Miss Lola Blackman, of Ararat, Vic, born 1/11/1923.

      Residence: Alf and Lola now live in retirement at 12 Harriet Street, Strathalbyn.

      Being a retired Nursing Sister, Lola now helps the elderly and assists in distributing "Meals on Wheels".
    Occupation Police Force  [2
    Residence Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    12 Harriet St Strathalbyn SA 
    Died 12 Oct 1998  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cremated Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ashes at Cowell and at Strathalbyn
    Person ID I-3847  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2017 

    Father Edwin James b1871 MCLEAN,   b. 16 Oct 1871, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1950, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship -1261 
    Mother Olivia Mary PARKER,   b. 23 May 1885, Collingwood Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1955, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship -1261 
    Married 26 Jul 1919  Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • "McLean family bible was originally given by Mary Stacey to Mrs Edwin James McLean (Adelaide Hull-"Addie")...(currently in custodianship of Edwin James McLean [Albany WA] in 2016) are copies of several pages of (unknown which newspaper-clippings). We know by family memories [FM] of Joan Natalie McLean that first Addie then Queenie compiled most of the following. One such clipping reads:MARRIAGE: MCLEAN-PARKER-On Saturday, 26th July 1919 at the Presbyterian church, Northcote,Victoria, by the Rev. W. R. Rock., Edwin James McLean, angas Plains, SA to Olivia Mary (Queenie), elder dau of Mr and Mrs B E Parker, Waterloo Road, Angas Plains, "Waterloo",SA

      1944: MCLEAN-PARKER Mr and Mrs E J Mclean Maplemore Angas Plains SA annoince the 25th wedding anniversary, solemnised on July26, 1919 at Northcote, Victoria, Presbytarian Church, by Rev Robert W Rock.

      Lastly:Mr B E Parker who die dat Strathalbyn recently at the age of 83 years, after a short illness, was for many years an esteemed worker in the firm of Trodels, printers, Melbourne (work reference in all media). After retiring from the firm, he and his wife lived at Murray Bridge SA for several years with his dau, Mrs H Fordham. After her death, Mr and Mrs Parker made their home with thier only remining child Mrs E J Mclean of Angas Plains. Mrs Parker predeceased her husband in 1940. In this younger days Mr Parker was a tenor singer in the Scots Church choir. He often also accompanied his dau Olivia Mary (queenie) Parker for community entertainment.
    Occupation Musician and music teacher 
    • Associate of the London College of Music
    Family ID F-1261  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lola BLACKMAN,   b. 1 Nov 1923 
    Children 
     1. FE M
     2. LA M
     3. JR M
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2013 06:15:00 
    Family ID F-1262  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0102 - Murray, Poole, Royal, Alf McLean, Benton, Sturtzel, Hickey & Jackson.jpg
    0102 - Murray, Poole, Royal, Alf McLean, Benton, Sturtzel, Hickey & Jackson.jpg
    G W (I1593)
    MH M (I2302)
    DG B (I2303)
    VS G (I1100)
    P S (I1465)
    0324 - McLean family - Lola, Alf, Mona, Jack & Jean - at Mona's 90th birthday in 1995.jpg
    0324 - McLean family - Lola, Alf, Mona, Jack & Jean - at Mona's 90th birthday in 1995.jpg
    LB 3848
    0335 - Alf & Lola McLean.jpg
    0335 - Alf & Lola McLean.jpg
    LB 3848

    MCLEAN:Alf and Jack eldest brothers of Benjamin b1925 to Olivia Mclean nee Parker and Edwin James McLean
    Wedding Alfred Parker McLean and Lola Blackman 1953
    Wedding Alfred Parker McLean and Lola Blackman 1953
    HS MCLEAN Alfred Parker d1998
    HS MCLEAN Alfred Parker d1998

    Documents
    Alfred Parker McLean - appointed Crown Lands Ranger on 14th Feb 1945
    Alfred Parker McLean - appointed Crown Lands Ranger on 14th Feb 1945

    Stories
    1995 - Alfred Parker McLean & Lola Blackman
    1995 - Alfred Parker McLean & Lola Blackman
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995

  • Sources 
    1. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library, 54, 18/05/2016 source ljm burial register.
      Noted a difference of register 12.10.1998 and screen 2002

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

    3. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library, 54, 18/05/2016 source ljm burial register.
      difference in website date of "2002 as death year only
      register states d.12.10.1998 cremated/burial 15.10.1998
      Niche 2 Strathalbyn Columbarium SA

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