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Allan Mark MCRAE

Allan Mark MCRAE

Male 1856 - 1905  (48 years)

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  • Name Allan Mark MCRAE  [1
    Born 29 Nov 1856  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 1850's  Tapleys Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    HISTORY: from their daughter Minna.

    "Before his marriage Allan carted wool with a bullock team from outlying stations into Port Augusta (S.A.) where he met and married Bertha Schultz whose parents had a store at Wilmington. Following the wedding at the Wesleyan Church they had their honeymoon on board a wool boat going from Port Augusta to Port Adelaide and from there travelled to Allan's home town of Milang where he was able to buy the hotel as he had made a lot of money in the North.

    The first three children were bom at Strathalbyn (probably at the senior McRae's house as they had by then retired from Milang.) Allan did very well in the hotel trade but became immersed in horse racing. He had the "Commercial" Hotel in High Street Strathalbyn 1882 - 1867 having sold out at Milang where he had realised that he was living "beyond his means".

    Note: Dates in old records seldom "Add up". The photograph of Allan standing before the corner doorway of the "Commercial" clearly has his name painted above and the caption in the Nancy Gemmell book of the town states that the picture was taken before the present day balcony was added in 1881. Also. the register of hotel licensees at the State Library records Allan as there up to 1890 so Minna's list with Percy being born at Sellick's Hill must be an error. The two youngest were definitely born at Sellick's Hill.

    Minna went on that her father continued there in the hotel business hoping to escape the wealthy social and racing crowd with whom he had first associated at Milang but which followed him to Strathalbyn. At Strathalbyn the hotel had been the centre of a number of activities, an annual foot race which started out from the "Commercial" and ended there with a dinner following and other events and always the social crowd from Adelaide.

    Up until 1902 Allan had the hotel at Old Noarlunga which until 1880 had been called "The Jolly Miller' and thereafter just the Noarlunga Hotel though locally it was referred to as "The Shoe". Here they did very well and catered for overnight guests and dinners and it became a fashionable place with the Adelaide crowd flocking back. From Noanunga the McRaes moved on to an even more fashionable hotel, the "Victoria" at Tapleys Hill and had land around it where Allan and
    his son Boyce kept race horses. The children grew up in a very well-t0-do atmosphere.

    DEATH: of Allan McRae aged 49 years of pneumonia on 23/11/1905 at Tapleys Hill and was buned at the O'Halloran Hill Cemetery.

    The licence of the "Victoria" remained in his name from 1903 - 1907 but following his death his wife Bertha and daughter Minna ran it and the licence was only changed to Berlha's name 1908 - 1915. Their fortunes dwindled as the son Boyce was only interested in race horses and racing in general and he ran up huge stock bills which his mother had to pay. She was much too easy going and the business side of the hotel suffered and the trade became too much for her.

    DEATH: of Bertha McRae aged 54 years on 16/7/1915. lnten'ed with Allan at the O'Halloran Hill Cemetery.

     
    Cause of death Pneumonia  [1
    Died 23 Nov 1905  Tapleys Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried O'Halloran Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-3914  Christina and Donald McLean | Mary McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2017 

    Father Duncan MCRAE,   b. 26 Jun 1826, Kintail Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1901, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship -1279 
    Mother Mary (the second) MCLEAN,   b. 2 Apr 1818,   d. 22 Sep 1889, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship -1279 
    Married 25 Feb 1852  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • MARRIED Trinity Church Adelaide SA
    Family ID F-1279  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Augusta Bertha SCHULTZ,   b. 1861, Tapleys Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1915, Glenelg SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1881  Port Augusta SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Children 
     1. Cecilia May MCRAE,   b. 11 Apr 1882, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Centennial Park SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
    +2. Bertha Amy MCRAE,   b. 7 Sep 1883, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1966, Albion Qld Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  []
     3. Henrietta MCRAE,   b. 21 Feb 1886, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1981  (Age 94 years)
     4. Percy Boyce MCRAE,   b. 16 Aug 1889, Sellicks Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958, Willunga SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  []
     5. Norma Ivy MCRAE,   b. 26 May 1894, Sellicks Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1964  (Age 69 years)
     6. Augusta (Vera) MCRAE,   b. 11 Nov 1895, Sellicks Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1979, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  []
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2017 13:06:44 
    Family ID F-1282  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Stories
    1995 - Allan McRae & Augusta Berthe Schultz
    1995 - Allan McRae & Augusta Berthe Schultz
    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-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, page 1.
      MCRAE Duncan, Mary MCLEAN, parents of child born 1856-11-29 named Allan at Lake Alexandrina which is location the town of Milang SA. Day of birth read 16 Nov 1856. changed day to 29th.
      Confirmed by the said website and day of birth was only alterations made with citations from Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016

    3. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=32, 23 Oct 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      BIRTH:1856 MCRAE,Allan FATHER; Duncan MCRAE MOTHER: Mary MCLEAN at Strathalbyn SA RegNo 9/72

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

    5. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, page 1.
      first marriage; Adam Abercrombie married Mary McLean date provided and added by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016

      second marriage; MCRAE Duncan, Mary ABERCROMBIE nee MCLEAN married 1852-02-25 at Trinity, Adelaide SA, aged 25=Duncan b1827, 32 (w)=Mary b1820

      Confirmed by the said website and NO alterations were made with citations from Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016

    6. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au.
      ALLAN McRAE«/b» born 16/11/1856 at Milang, S.A.

      MARRIED: at the Wesleyan Church. Pt Augusta, S.A. to Augusta Bertha (Bertha) Schultz (b. 1861). The Rev. John Watt officiated.



    7. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=32, 23 Oct 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      MARRIAGE:1881 RegNo:126/773 GROOM:MCRAE,Allan BRIDE: SHULZ,Augusta Bertha at Frome District SA