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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



John Sherwood  MCLEAN

John Sherwood MCLEAN

Male 1921 - 2007  (85 years)

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  • Name John Sherwood MCLEAN  [1
    Nickname Jack 
    Born 21 Oct 1921  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Jack inherited a portion of the "Maplemore" property from his father, E.J. McLean, gradually expanding his agricultural holdings over the years.

    Jacks properties were divided between his two sons, Darryl and Trevor McLean, who have helped with buying and working of more recent purchases. The emphasis has been on minimum tillage, grain legumes, cereals and irrigated lucerne, watered from bores and Lake Alexandrina. Merino wool and fat lamb production completes the farming enterprise.

    Jack quotes as a guide and for the information of future generations, that he farmed the 1937 - 1995 in a continuous period of prosperity with minimal adverse seasons.

    This period of economics in farming was never experienced by the fore-fathers, and the present capital value of property is due to inflation.

    As an example in this famed 60 year period, farm labour has gone from $4 to $400 a week, as a result of mechanisation creating labour replacement.

    Jack McLean has been an indefatigable worker for the Milang district all his life and in 1989 was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the District Council of Strathalbyn for his long standing and constructive service to the Milang district. Working many hours on the planning of upgrades of the building for the Centenary in 1984.

    He is the Patron of the Milang Bowling Club and had been a member for many years. He assisted a community of helpers in establishing the second green in 1987 and extensions to the clubhouse.

    He had been a member of the Milang Tennis Club since 1955 and worked in planning with community members to build the new clubhouse and other assistance.

    He was elected Hon. Secretary of the Bremer and Angas lrrigators Association in 1971 and continued in that position until 1983. Largely through his efforts, irrigators in the area were made aware of the need to conserve the underground water basin.

    A member of the National Trust, Strathalbyn Branch for a number of years and was Chairman in 1974 at the time of the opening of the Strathalbyn Museum.

    A member of the District Council of Strathalbyn between 1964 and 1976.

    Past President of the Strathalbyn Fishing and Game Club, Finniss Water Scheme, Milang Historical Society and the Milang Agricultural Bureau (having recently received his 50 year award), also the Milang Progress Association.  [1
    • Married: Miss Jean Kelly of Milang, S.A. at Strathalbyn, S.A. (born;Hamley Bridge 24/10/1921).

      Jean had since her childhood been involved in farm and community activities. She is patron of the Milang Tennis Club.

      Jack inherited a portion of the "Maplemore" property from his father, E.J. McLean, gradually expanding his agricultural holdings over the years.

      Jacks properties were divided between his two sons, Darryl and Trevor McLean, who have helped with buying and working of more recent purchases. The emphasis has been on minimum tillage, grain legumes, cereals and irrigated lucerne, watered from bores and Lake Alexandrina. Merino wool and fat lamb production completes the farming enterprise.

      Jack quotes as a guide and for the information of future generations, that he farmed the 1937 - 1995 in a continuous period of prosperity with minimal adverse seasons.

      This period of economics in farming was never experienced by the fore-fathers, and the present capital value of property is due to inflation.

      As an example in this famed 60 year period, farm labour has gone from $4 to $400 a week, to $6 to $600 per week, as a result of mechanisation creating labour replacement.

      Jack McLean has been an indefatigable worker for the Milang district all his life and in 1989 was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the District Council of Strathalbyn for his long standing and constructive service to the Milang district. Working many hours on the planning of upgrades of the building for the Centenary in 1984.

      He is the Patron of the Milang Bowling Club and had been a member for many years. He assisted a community of helpers in establishing the second green in 1987 and extensions to the clubhouse.

      He had been a member of the Milang Tennis Club since 1955 and worked in planning with community members to build the new clubhouse and other assistance.

      He was elected Hon. Secretary of the Bremer and Angas lrrigators Association in 1971 and continued in that position until 1983. Largely through his efforts, irrigators in the area were made aware of the need to conserve the underground water basin.

      A member of the National Trust, Strathalbyn Branch for a number of years and was Chairman in 1974 at the time of the opening of the Strathalbyn Museum.

      A member of the District Council of Strathalbyn between 1964 and 1976.

      Past President of the Strathalbyn Fishing and Game Club, Finniss Water Scheme, Milang Historical Society and the Milang Agricultural Bureau (having recently received his 50 year award), also the Milang Progress Association.

    Cause of death Acute coronary occlusion (minutes), ischaemic heart disease (years) and cardiac failure (years).  [3
    Occupation Farmer 
    Residence Milang SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    23 Luard St  
    Died 18 Oct 2007  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • John died at the Strathalbyn & District Soldiers Memorial Hospital.
    Cremated 24 Oct 2007  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • The records of the Alexandrina Council has the burial date as 18th October (ie, date of death) whereas John's death certificate has him cremated on 24th October at the Centennial Park Crematorium.
    Person ID I-3859  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 4 Mar 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  [3
    • "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 Jean KELLY,   b. 24 Oct 1921, Hamley Bridge SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 2010, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 1946  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • John's death certificate states that he was 25 years old when he married Jean.
    Children 
     1. DJ M
     2. Trevor Donald MCLEAN,   b. 20 Sep 1953, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     3. PJ M
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2017 04:06:24 
    Family ID F-1266  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    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
    0339 - Family of Jean & Jack McLean - McLean & Wheare.jpg
    0339 - Family of Jean & Jack McLean - McLean & Wheare.jpg
    NR W (I3874)
    AL W (I3873)
    VK W (I3872)
    KJ M (I3864)
    GAO M (I3867)
    TJA M (I3869)
    BDM M (I3868)
    PJ M (I3870)
    W W (I3871)
    DJ M (I3861)
    BJ M (I3863)
    J M (I3866) (Sort)
    0340 - Last horse drawn harvest prior to tractors on J McLean's property .jpg
    0340 - Last horse drawn harvest prior to tractors on J McLean's property .jpg
    Three gens jack olivia-queenie g mother parker c1922 source jnm 2016 2016-02-27 001.jpg
    Three gens jack olivia-queenie g mother parker c1922 source jnm 2016 2016-02-27 001.jpg
    "Maplemore Farm", Angas Plains SA Olivia Parker, mother Mary Reid Clarke, and in pram week old Jack Sheridan McLean

    MCLEAN:Alf and Jack eldest brothers of Benjamin b1925 to Olivia Mclean nee Parker and Edwin James McLean
    0341 - Home-made bag elevator worked perfectly about 1950.jpg
    0341 - Home-made bag elevator worked perfectly about 1950.jpg
    0255 - Original iron wheeled tractor and old harvester about 1930.jpg
    0255 - Original iron wheeled tractor and old harvester about 1930.jpg

    Documents
    BDM - John Sherwood McLEAN on 21st Oct 1921 at Strathalbyn SA
    BDM - John Sherwood McLEAN on 21st Oct 1921 at Strathalbyn SA
    BDM- Death John Sherwood McLEAN on 18th October 2007 in Strathalbyn
    BDM- Death John Sherwood McLEAN on 18th October 2007 in Strathalbyn

    Stories
    1995 - John (Jack) Sherwood McLean & Jean Kelly
    1995 - John (Jack) Sherwood McLean & Jean Kelly
    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-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached , John's own birth certificate.

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

    4. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library, 54, 18/05/2016 source ljm burial register.
      Niche 4 Columbarium Strath


    5. [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached , The birth certificate of their son, Darryl.

    6. [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached , Jean's death certificate.
      The death certificate stated that Jean was 25 years old when she married John.