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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1859 - 1952 (93 years)
||Charles (Soward) MCLEAN  |
||2 Mar 1859
||Strathalbyn SA [1, 2]
- BIRTH MCLEAN Archibald, Ann Soward JANEWAY, parents of child born 1859-03-02 named Charles Soward at Melrose Farm SA
- «b»CHARLES SOWARD McLEAN«/b» born 2/3/1859 at Strathalbyn_ S.A, The 7th and youngest child of Archibald and Ann (nee Janeway) of "Angas Bank", Strathalbyn and of "Melrose", Angas Plains.
HISTORY: He was known in the family as "$oward". He remained the longest of the brothers with their father at Naracoorte, and left at the age of 20 in 1879 to join his brother Archibald Sinclair at Minyip in the Dunmunkle district. The first child was born three years before Soward's marriage. The birth certificate of Ellen Elizabeth is dated 1881, the mother, Maria Elizabeth Kruger was 18 and no father recorded but she was undoubtably $oward's child.
MARRIAGE: at Murtoa, Victoria, at St. Georges Lutheran Church to «b»Maria Elizabeth Kruger«/b» (b. 29/6/1864) by licence. Pastor W. Peters officiated. She was the daughter of Karl and Ernestine Kruger of Lrnlithgow near Hamilton, Victoria. The witnesses were George Henry McLean and John Henry Rennison both of Minyip. Maria was the 6th Kruger child. Some history of her (in summary) from the Kruger family record:
Before her marriage, as did many German women and in her teens, Maria worked very hard on her father's farm at Linlithgow. She cut wheat with a sickle, sheared sheep, made haystacks and drove wagons to Stawell railway station with the crop, the nearest station at that time. Her father gave her 50 pounds ($100) as a wedding gift. As a member of the family she had received no wages for her years of heavy labour. Soward owned a block of land near Minyip where he built a small adobe house for Maria and they remained there for several years before moving to 100 acres at Pine Grove in the Mallee country. Soward worked shares with other farmers at the same time as he cleared his own land, at first with an axe before inventing a quicker system using two bullocks and asix foot long curved log between them. This mallee land could only be leased so they went on to Beulah West and further share farming. Work was easier as clearing was by horse treader. Maria was not again required to do any heavy farm work. except on just one occasion when Soward was in S A. arranging his next and last move.
This move took place on 26/4/1910 to an allotted block at Kongorong in the Mt Gambler, S.A. district, a grazing and dairying property of 1875 acres which they set about improving. Soward represented the Kongorong District for the Benara Council and later the Port MacDonnell Council from 1923 to 1930. Whilst serving there the Lavarwill rabbit fumigator was invented Councillor McLean humurously suggested that a photo be taken of the rabbit as it could indeed be the last, His remark came to the notice of William Bennier, a good cartoonist at that time, and in 1926 he drew Soward with his last rabbit. A copy of the picture is on the next page.
In later years, in reminiscent mood, Soward said of Morambro Station where his lather had purchased land (in 1874) Mary Oliver had been the original occupant of 103 square miles. Then Brown and Oliver were in partnership. Brown was killed by blacks and pinned to a log by a spear.
Soward himself came to be know as "Old Mac" and he remembered the founder of Naracoorte, William Mclntosh as well as many other old identities. He lived on to his 93rd year.
The most important day for the Ashby family was the first Monday of each month, Council day. Not only would the children have a holiday (the school was in the Council chambers) but Grandfather would drive past the house after the meeting and go to the Kongorong store. He bought 1/- worth of boiled lollies, which was an enormous bag and throw it out to the Ashby grandchildren sitting on the fence on his way home. Sometimes he would drive past in the horse and cart, wave and yell, "Sorry the shop has no lollies today", then throw them out. The kids would scramble and fight to get as many as possible before their mother came out and took charge.
Soward and his neighbour 'Old Hodge' were very friendly and often played cards, betting between themselves on many occasions for years. Every now and again one would accuse the other of cheating and they would fall out for a while. On one such occasion Old Hodge had been to Mt Gambler and bought an old horse drawn hearse (motor cars had just come in) and on the way home it started to rain so Old Hodge tied the horse to the fence and got inside. Unfortunately the hearse door locked and could only be opened from the outside. Hodge was stuck. Soward came along but went straight past him and left him there... they weren't talking. (The rubber tyres from the hearse were taken off and used on their gigs.)
Grandfather McLean loved dates and would buy them from the Riverland by the boxful. Whenever you went to see him he would take out this enormous box and offer you one.
«b»Final notes concerning Charles (Soward) McLean from Di. Facey of Millicent, S.A.:
"At Kongorong, Soward built a house for the children and his wife Maria, it was of "tin". re. galvanized iron, with no doors connecting the rooms, much the same as at "Waterloo", Angas Plains, house of John McLean. Each room could only be reached from the outside. Soward also owned land at Cape Douglas.
He was a great story teller and with children on his knees, he would entertain them and he was always the hero, capturing the rustlers etc. The children (or grandchildren) would follow the tale with wide open eyes and rapt expressions. At Soward's table no child was permitted to talk or make an observation. if it did so there was a sharp rap on the head with his fork. His theory was the old one that "children should be seen but not heard while eating".
Until his last illness he was at no time hospitalised.
DEATHS: of Maria Elizabeth aged 81 at Kongorong on 18/4/1945. lnterred at Mt Gambler. Charles Soward McLean died at Mt Gambler on 4/4/1951 aged 92 years. Interred at the Mt Gambler Cemetery.
OBITUARY: From the "Border Watch" dated July 28th 1951.
"Mr Charles Soward McLean died at his residence Davidson Street (Mt Gambler) on Wednesday April 4th 1951. He worked at south east stations as a youth and travelled throught SA - Victoria and N.S.W. At the age of 25 he and his brother Archibald bought a section of land from a station near Minyip, Victoria and grew wheat. He sold to come to Kongorong, S.A in 1912 (error - 1910) and lived there until 1950 the year he retired to Davidson Street. He was born at Strathalbyn on 2/3/1859. Mr McLean was the last surviving member of his family. His brothers Archibald, and George and sisters Harriet Warland, Mrs Rose Bundey. and Mrs Christine Payne all predeceased him. Mr McLean married Miss Maria Elizabeth Kruger who predeceased him. Surviving children (of 12) - Donald Lindsay. Malcolm Wallace. Myrtle Sophia. George Stephen. Soward Herbert. Duncan Stanley, Archibald James, Maria Mabel (Mrs Ashby), Stella Christina (Mrs Talbot). Mr McLean was a Justice of the Peace, a Councillor representing Benara Ward for six years before retiring and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was interred at Mt Gambler."
«b»THE 12 CHILDREN .............................................«/b»
||4 Apr 1952
||Mt Gambier SA 
||Mt Gambier SA 
||Christina and Donald McLean | Archibald McLean's descendants
||16 Jan 2017 |
||Archibald (Snr) MCLEAN, b. 4 Mar 1821, Kilmallie Scotland , d. 31 Jan 1899, Naracoorte SA (Age 77 years) |
||Ann Soward JANEWAY, b. 1828, Hampshire UK , d. 19 Mar 1861, Mt Gambier SA (Age 33 years) |
||11 Sep 1846
||Strathalbyn SA [3, 4]
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Maria Elizabeth KRUGER, b. 29 Jun 1864, Linlithgow Vic , d. 18 Apr 1945, Kongorong SA (Age 80 years) |
||Murtoa Vic 
- MARRIED 1880, St George Lutheran Church, Murtoa, Vic
| ||1. Ellen Elizabeth MCLEAN, b. 14 Dec 1881, Minyip Vic , d. 6 Sep 1914 (Age 32 years)|
| ||2. Angus Charles MCLEAN, b. 8 Oct 1885, Minyip Vic , d. 25 Jan 1915, Black Swamp SA (Age 29 years) |
| ||3. Archibald James MCLEAN, b. 8 Oct 1887, Minyip Vic , d. 15 Dec 1958, Minyip Vic (Age 71 years)|
| ||4. Soward Herbert MCLEAN, b. 12 Apr 1889, Sheep Hills Victoria , d. 26 May 1946, Hawthorn Vic (Age 57 years) |
| ||5. Harriet Esther MCLEAN, b. 25 May 1890, Minyip Vic , d. 28 Nov 1901, Beulah Vic (Age 11 years)|
| ||6. Maria Mabel (Mary) MCLEAN, b. 27 Oct 1891, Beulah Vic , d. 9 May 1981 (Age 89 years)|
| ||7. Estella Christine MCLEAN, b. 9 Apr 1893, Beulah Vic , d. 16 May 1977 (Age 84 years)|
| ||8. Duncan Stanley (Bob) MCLEAN, b. 4 Mar 1896, Beulah Vic , d. 22 Jul 1972, Geelong Vic (Age 76 years) |
| ||9. Malcolm Wallace MCLEAN, b. 29 May 1898, Sheep Hills Vic , d. 12 Oct 1980, Mt Gambier SA (Age 82 years)|
| ||10. Lindsay Donald MCLEAN, b. 18 Apr 1899, Beulah Vic , d. 10 Sep 1960 (Age 61 years)|
| ||11. George Stephen MCLEAN, b. 15 Apr 1900, Beulah Vic , d. 22 May 1982, Mt Gambier SA (Age 82 years)|
| ||12. Myrtle Sophie MCLEAN, b. 27 Oct 1901, Beulah Vic , d. 9 Sep 1991, Mt Gambier SA (Age 89 years)|
||6 Dec 2016 15:37:56 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995).
- [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4.
MCLEAN Archibald, Ann Soward JANEWAY, parents of child born 1859-03-02 named Charles Soward at Melrose Farm SA all have information aligning.
and confirmed by the said website of Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
- [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy, Person 14-vi.
- [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, 26 Jan 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
MARRIAGE:1846 Reg No: 12/201 groom: MACLEAN Archibald, bride: JANEWAY,Ann at Adelaide SA
Public notice: some entries have little or no evidence provided. It is imperative that before assuming generalising the data to ensure followup evidence to maintain validity.
- [S-60] http://graememoad.com/Family/WC182/WC182_227.HTM, 5 Dec 2016.
Offers a marriage date and location which were blank.
Researcher Lorna McLean 05.12.2016