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Benjamin Ernest MCLEAN

Benjamin Ernest MCLEAN

Male 1925 - 2009  (83 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Ernest MCLEAN  [1
    Nickname Ben 
    Born 18 Nov 1925  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 18 Nov 1938  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Benjamin (my Dad) on his 13th birthday was playing with a compass. Flicking the end of a piece of timber on a bench top. The compass flicked an "astounding height" and in an instant he looked up only for it to pierce his right eye. This date of his birthday: the childrens hospital "would not" take him because he was no longer a "child" and the adult hospital also declined. I never did ask where he was admitted. But he lost 85% vision and was refused on health grounds to serve in the Military during the WWII. Source-Lorna Joan McLean as told by Mum-Joan Natalie McLean(Smith)  
    Occupation 1943  Angus Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    FOR SALE. Pocket money after the depression years selling kangaroo dogs to the public. Source Trove Newspapers-FOR SALE
     
    Biography Notes 1951  Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    3 Sep 2017:Mum told me a story from 1951 when she met Dad. He'd lots of strange untreated large bumps on back of his hands for some years prior to them meeting in 1951.That year he was told an old wives tale."To count every bump and collect that number of stones and put those stones into a brown paper bag. Then put them in a place someone else could find the bag and he must forget them and they transferred to someone else. The bumps were gone in a couple of days.Not believable really. But it happened to Lorna also about 1967. A tomboy I collected frogs and reptiles for weekend fun and often snuck them inside to swim in the family bathtub! I had a large number of warts.(treated but they returned).Dad told me to do the same thing (I didnt know hed done it til today when mum shared)!And yes the warts were gone inside two weeks and never got another wart. Not believable. No explanation. I just did it blind faith in my Dad, didnt questioned it. True story I was pretty surprised mum decribing a carbon version of it to me out of the blue one day to do with Cynthia. Thats another story.  
    Biography Notes 1961  Belvidere SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    P50 "Belvidere" publication by Lance C Wakefield. Ben McLean was an office bearer as the Secretary to the Belvidere Agricultural Bureau in 1961. 
    Biography Notes 1 Jan 2001  Kalgoorlie WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    358pp Autobiography; Hell to Glory
    An adventurers experiential record of lifeweb and the challenges to creating his life's masterpieces.
    Synopsis
    Molested and abused as a child raised on a dairy farm. Married, roamed Australia with a wife and 5 small children, escaped to WA and settled on a virgin farming block, exploring various pursuits and travelled widely. He found glory in buiding "DUN MOOVIN" from the natural stones illustrated on the covers of this publication, whilst writing over a decade.  
    • See the biographies of Benjamin Ernest McLean and Joan Natalie Smith - originally published in 1995. This can be viewed, and downloaded from the Histories section on the left hand list on the home page - reference 1995 - 5082.
    Residence 9 Feb 2009  Albany WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last residence: Frenchmans Bay 
    Died 9 Feb 2009  Albany WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 18 Jan 2010  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Benjamin asked his wife to spread his ashes to some 50 places that were meaningful sites to both of them and thier lives. Joan McLean has been asked to list the sites where she took the ashes to.
    PLAQUES & ASHES LOCATED AT Hopetoun, Albany, Strathalbyn
    ASHES SCATTERED AT Jerdacuttup,others TBA 
    Cremated 18 Jan 2010  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Benjamin asked his wife to spread his ashes to some 50 places that were meaningful sites to both of them and thier lives. Joan McLean has been asked to list the sites where she took the ashes to.
      PLAQUES LOCATED AT Hopetoun, Albany, Strathalbyn
      ASHES SCATTERED AT Jerdacuttup,others TBA
    Person ID I-3873  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2018 

    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  [5
    • "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 Joan Natalie SMITH,   b. 28 Sep 1931, Nailsworth SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 Feb 1952  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edwin James# b1952 MCLEAN,   b. 7 Dec 1952, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     2. JM M
     3. Lorna Joan # MCLEAN,   b. 23 Oct 1955, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     4. Natalie-Anne# MCLEAN,   b. 31 Jul 1957, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     5. Cynthia Flora # MCLEAN,   b. 3 Jan 1963, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2017 14:37:20 
    Family ID F-1271  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0342 - Joan (nee Smith) & Ben McLean.jpg
    0342 - Joan (nee Smith) & Ben McLean.jpg
    Ben McLean at BEJOED Jerdacuttup WA on Queenie C1970 source ben mclean 2016.jpg
    Ben McLean at BEJOED Jerdacuttup WA on Queenie C1970 source ben mclean 2016.jpg
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    IMG_3936.JPG
    This Gaelic bible sat atop Queenies piano at Maplemore all my memories except for a life event where it was written in an left again.
    They liked to call themselves the Strath Gang. They had regular competitive meets.
    They liked to call themselves the Strath Gang. They had regular competitive meets.

    MCLEAN:Alf and Jack eldest brothers of Benjamin b1925 to Olivia Mclean nee Parker and Edwin James McLean

    1930's tricycle, Benjamin McLean playing under pepper trees with Spot the Dog early 1930's
    Melissa Paterson nee Stevenson with grandparents, Ben and Joan Mclean nee Smith
    Melissa Paterson nee Stevenson with grandparents, Ben and Joan Mclean nee Smith

    1943 18yoa Benjamin McLean at Maplemore Angus Plains SA
    McLeans Bush camp in a caravan at BEJOED in Jerdacuttup 1965-66
    McLeans Bush camp in a caravan at BEJOED in Jerdacuttup 1965-66
    Published 2002 'To Hell and Back'+50th Anniversary Benjamin Ernest McLean and dau. Lorna McLean
    Published 2002 "To Hell and Back"+50th Anniversary Benjamin Ernest McLean and dau. Lorna McLean
    Scotland Crockery 1830's.Loaned to Harold Stowe who died not recording the McLean Loan.
    Scotland Crockery 1830's.Loaned to Harold Stowe who died not recording the McLean Loan.
    First semi-circular dairy in Angas Plains 1950's
    First semi-circular dairy in Angas Plains 1950's
    1950's Homemade Semi-Circular Dairy
    McLean's 1958 homebuilt caravan on truck
    McLean's 1958 homebuilt caravan on truck
    Arrival Jingemarra Station Yalgoo 1 Jan 1979. Inimitable style of Ben McLean. Stopped by Police in Mullewa on News Years Eve because of a camp fire.
    Arrival Jingemarra Station Yalgoo 1 Jan 1979. Inimitable style of Ben McLean. Stopped by Police in Mullewa on News Years Eve because of a camp fire.

    Mother of Bride-Gladys Smith nee Stoyel, Florence McLean-flossie, Groom-Ben McLean, Bride-Joan Smith, sister of bride-Florence May Whaley-nee Smith, Sydney Whaley-groomsman Feb1952 Strathalbyn St Andrews Presbytarian Church

    Joan and Ben lining a tractor tyre with a tyre portion to reduce punctures. Having a break since Joan has a bump on her head from that 20kg crowbar. At BEJOED Farm, Jerdacuttup WA. 1965

    DEATH BY CARBON MONOXIDE? 1955 at Maplemore, Angas Plains SA Joan McLean nee Smith was able to reach down into the newly constructed well as Benjamin Ernest McLean was staggering to climb the ladder to fresh air after realising fumes of welding machine almost overtook him.

    1964Dec-1st NULLABOR TRIP TO WA. Mum taking photo, Dad, Edwin Jenny Lorna Natalie (Cynthia 22moa) stayed with Aunty Lola McLean-flew Perth Ansett in Jan 1965.

    1961 QLD Handpicking Cotton days. L to R Joan Nee Smith, Benjamin in rear, Jenny, Edwin, Natalie, Lorna. Cynthia not born til 1963

    1939 LOLLY TIN for birthday in Royal Adelaide Hospital during his birthday on Christmas Day

    1940's Buick Truck nearly asphyxiated Edwin James lying near hole in the floor over engine on a long trip with fumes making him flaccid and pale on arrival. Stripped and removed from vehicle.

    1950's Ben McLean at Maplemore Angas Plains MILKING MORNING

    Documents

    BDM 1925 BIRTH Benjamin Ernest McLean born on 18th Nov 1925 at Adelaide to Edwin James McLean and Olivia Mary, nee Parker
    Certificate - Violin Grade 5 1948 Benjamin McLean in 2016
    Certificate - Violin Grade 5 1948 Benjamin McLean in 2016

    NEWSPAPER 1940-BIRTHDAY GREETINGS are extended to the undermentioned member of the Childrens Hospital Birthday League.....Ben McLean of Angas Plains 14yoa. 18 Nov 1940 Page 8 The Advertiser.

    NEWSPAPER ADELAIDE ADVERTISER-DEATH Benjamin Ernest Parker in Adelaide SA 23Jun1944

    Stories
    1995 - Benjamin Ernest McLean & Joan Natalie Smith
    1995 - Benjamin Ernest McLean & Joan Natalie Smith
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS 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. .

    2. [A-UTOBIOGRAPHY HELL TO] (Reliability: 3), 2001.
      ISBN 0-9579900-0-6
      DEWEY NUMBER 920.009941
      Copyright 2001 by Ben E McLean

    3. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library, 54, 18 May 2016 source lorna mclean.
      Dad passed away after 6 days in hospital. Cremated following week. Date to be confirmed. Ashes scattered to all the places he loved around Australia by Mum; Joan Natalie McLean (nee Smith)

    4. [S-13] REGISTER Burials & Cremations - Alexandrina Council SA, Family History Group at Library, 54, 18/05/2016 source ljm burial register.
      Niche 6 Strathalbyn Columbarium SA extracted from AC Burial Register

      Also a plaque in Albany WA where he was in fact cremated in Albany WA (source his daughter; Lorna McLean18.5.2016
      Dad passed away after 6 days in hospital. Cremated following week in Albany. Date to be confirmed. Ashes scattered to all the places he loved around Australia by Mum; Joan Natalie McLean (nee Smith)
      Including on 18.1.2010 in Strathalbyn Columbarium SA

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