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Maria Mabel MCLEAN

Maria Mabel MCLEAN

Female 1891 - 1981  (89 years)

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  • Name Maria Mabel MCLEAN  [1
    Nickname Mary 
    Born 27 Oct 1891  Beulah Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes
    • «b»Maria Mabel (Mary) McLean«/b» born 27/10/1891 at Beulah, Victoria.
      Her early life was at Beulah and she was familiar with Rainbow, Jeparit and Ouyen. Picnics at Lake Albacutya and knowing the late Prime Minister Robert Menzies were amongst her memories, As the 2nd eldest daughter she was involved in much cleaning and cooking for the family. ln 1912 (she was aged 21) the family moved to Kongorong in the S.E. of South Australia. Here she met and married
      Marriage: to «b»James Edward Ashby«/b» (b. 30/11/1889) and at first they lived in the old Ashby house at the foot of Mt Schank (now a tourist attraction and tea rooms).

      From Di Facey

      "When the family first moved to Kongorong they built two rooms. As the family grew two more and a laundry were added. Once the boys grew older a room was built on at the back for them. At weekends all the boys of the district would camp there and when the door opened in the morning no-one knew how many would come out Hoods and Chants were regulars Maria (Mary) Ashby always had a big breakfast for everyone.

      She went away every year (to hospital for the next baby) and Ted's sister Ollie would take over. The kids loved to play in the Swamp and Ollie kept busy running after them to ensure their safety. "Doog" was born at Mt Schank. "Eakie" at home, the remainder at Mt Gambier.

      All the boys said you never took a day off from school. If you did, you were half dead. Their mother always kept the castor oil ready and if you saw her coming, you were halfway to school. Not only her own, but Old Schol the schoolmaster would send a sick child to Mrs Ashby. One dose of castor oil and they never returned. She would grab you by the nose with one hand, the spoon in the other and down it would go.

      The kids also had to take a laxative called Cent-a-leaves (still available). It smelled like tea with milk and put Viv off milk in his tea for life. Another of Mary's remedies was to burn sulphur on the stove and administer it by mouth. The sulphur drugs came in at the beginning of W.W.2. Herb. said "Sulphur tablets cured anything. As an antibiotic it was the most used drug until penicillin was available"

      Maria (Mary) made tasty sheep's head soup in the biggest pot you ever saw and there was always enough for the next day. The Ashbys were better off than most during the Depression. They had their dairy products. rabbits, fish caught by father Ted and the garden. Jean recalls eating carrot tops when greens were scarce. "Warley" remembers rhubarb every day topped up with sago to make it go further. Viv remembers digging potatoes and Chas did the rounds of the rabbit traps every morning that were set around the pumpkins and potatoes and one morning they found him with his toes caught in a trap. Chou moullier was grown for cattle. Rabbiting kept them. sold at 3 pence (3 cents) a pair. Rabbit stews, rabbit pies. and as most of Kongorong, a rabbit diet with pumpkin and potatoes, melon pies and melon jam."

      Their two daughters were responsible for minding their younger siblings and daily Harriet had to bake a dripping cake for the boys' tea. The family was well known for its sporting ability and in 1956 there was a cricket team entirely of Ashbys. The 50th wedding anniversary of Maria (Mary) and James Ashby was marked by some verses the family composed concerning the 10 children each of whom had a nickname. These were headed "Best Wishes" from Zeke, Chook, Gin. Dig, Wonky. Dud. Timmer, Eakie, Wylie, and Teaks. No date was appended but it must have been c. 1964.

      "May we wish you the best of fifty years,
      And say we are sorry if we caused many tears,
      We know you remember our mistakes and our games.
      but do you remember all our nicknames?
      Donald Edward comes first. eldest son of the clan.
      he kept his nickname to a grown man.
      He started as "Doogy". it sounds rather weak.
      now he is Doug, though more often "Old Zeke".
      Sit still, here it comes. Hullo Doris Jean.
      l bet you wish you could not be seen!
      Your nickname "Ann" not bad, but then.
      why in the world did you get "Chook" and "Old Hen"?
      "Dimps" is a name that belongs to a fairy,
      this title belongs to one Harriet Mary,
      Covered in grease from toes up to the chin
      so they rechristened her with the name of "Gin".
      Colin James is a name of which to be proud.
      he was never called so. for crying out loud.
      At first it was "Digger" and then he was "Dig",
      there's no need to grunt, it could have been Pig.
      Now we have come to the one we call "Chas",
      Namely Kenneth Charles, it's a nice name he has.
      it would be nasty to say he was ever a donkey.
      but as a child he was always called "Wonky".
      Oh! goodness alive, here comes Herbert Hector,
      we consider him our great lord protector.
      His nickname was "Dud". a name with a pull,
      but we remember him best as the old "Scrutrbull".
      I'm running in circles, my mind getting dimmer.
      has anyone heard of someone called "Trimmer"?
      Could it be Bertram Vivian, l feel at a loss.
      lam sure I remember another name "Joss".
      Hark! listen a while. I hear something creaky,
      how silly of me, it is only fat "Eakie".
      Meet Murray John, it's his name by the way,
      but he's always been "Eakie" and "Eakie" he'll stay
      Arthur Maxwell Keith, Mother thought him the lot,
      gave him three names like scraping the pot
      Ohl what a waste, he might have been Charlie.
      the only tag he has got is "Wylie" or "Warley",
      l must mention our late brother. Roland Arnold and say.
      how we all wish he were with us today.
      His nickname was "Teaks". may his soul in peace rest,
      but if he were here he would wish you the best.
      We have "Doogie" and "Digger", "Ann", "Chock" and "Old Hen".
      then "Dimps". "Gin" and "Wonkie". whose real name is Ken.
      Here comes "Dud" remember. the old "Scrub~bul|".
      and also fat "Eakie" who likes to get lull.
      Pitter Patter, it's "Trimmer" who was also named "Joss",
      "Teaks", also "Warley" whose three names were a loss
      Last but not least. just by a whisker.
      remember Dad? how we kids called you Mister
      it we don't hold the nickname record. we're near.
      I'll wager my lot no one has names so queer,
      Theres one more thing and this is a must.
      I dare not repeat what the neighbours called usl... . . .
      Deaths:
      Maria (Mary) Mabel Ashby (nee McLean) in her 90th year on 9/5/1981.
      James Edward Ashby aged 77 years on 15/4/1967.
      Both interred at Mt Gambier Cemetery
      CHILDREN (10):
    Died 9 May 1981  Allendale SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-4540  Christina and Donald McLean | Archibald McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2018 

    Father Charles Soward MCLEAN,   b. 2 Mar 1859, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1952, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Relationship -1467 
    Mother Maria Elizabeth KRUGER,   b. 29 Jun 1864, Linlithgow Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1945, Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship -1467 
    Married 28 Feb 1884  Murtoa Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • St George's Lutheran Church, Murtoa, Vic
    Family ID F-1467  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Edward ASHBY,   b. 30 Nov 1889, Tantanoola SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1967, Port MacDonnell Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 2 Dec 1914  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Donald Edward (Doogy, Doug, Old Zeke) ASHBY,   b. 21 May 1915, Mt Schank SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 2006, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  []
     2. Doris Jean (Chook or Old Hen) ASHBY,   b. 19 Jul 1916, Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 2012, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  []
     3. Harriet Mary (Dimps or Gin) ASHBY,   b. 12 Jul 1917, Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 2012, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  []
     4. Colin James (Dig) ASHBY,   b. 16 Dec 1918, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 2001, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  []
     5. Kenneth Charles (Chas or Wonky) ASHBY,   b. 21 Sep 1920, Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 2014, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  []
     6. Herbert Hector (Dud or Scrub Bull) ASHBY,   b. 12 Oct 1921, Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 2009, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  []
     7. Bertram Vivien (Viv or Trimmer) ASHBY,   b. 12 Jun 1925, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 2001, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  []
     8. Murray John (Eakie) ASHBY,   b. 22 Feb 1927, Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1966, Nene Valley SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)  []
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     10. Roland Arnold (Teaks) ASHBY,   b. 16 Jun 1936, Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1959, Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)  []
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2018 03:35:20 
    Family ID F-1485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0379 - Wedding of Maria Mabel McLean & James Edward Ashby.jpg
    0379 - Wedding of Maria Mabel McLean & James Edward Ashby.jpg
    WM A (I4554)
    IA A (I4570)
    0380 - 50th wedding anniversary of Maria & James Ashby.jpg
    0380 - 50th wedding anniversary of Maria & James Ashby.jpg
    WM A (I4554)
    IA A (I4570)
    DEDOZ A (I4544)
    CJ A (I4636)
    KCoW A (I4668)
    HDoG A (I4617)
    HHoSB A (I4689)
    DJoOH A (I4578)
    BVoT A (I4707)
    AMK A (I4731)
    0381 - Maria (Mary) (nee McLean), Donald, Harriet, Herbert, Kenneth, Colin, Doris & James (Ted) Ashby in 1922.jpg
    0381 - Maria (Mary) (nee McLean), Donald, Harriet, Herbert, Kenneth, Colin, Doris & James (Ted) Ashby in 1922.jpg
    DJoOH A (I4578)
    CJ A (I4636)
    KCoW A (I4668)
    HHoSB A (I4689)
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    DEDOZ A (I4544) (Sort)
    0383 - Maria Ashby, George, Myrtle & Malcolm McLean.jpg
    0383 - Maria Ashby, George, Myrtle & Malcolm McLean.jpg
    0384 - Wendy Johnson, Judy Johnson (nee Smith), Jean Smith (nee Ashby) & Maria Ashby (nee McLean).jpg
    0384 - Wendy Johnson, Judy Johnson (nee Smith), Jean Smith (nee Ashby) & Maria Ashby (nee McLean).jpg
    DJoOH A (I4578)
    JA S (I4609)
    WM J (I4611)
    0398 - Four generations of Ashbys - Gary, Collin James (Dig) Michael, Maria Mabel Ashby (nee McLean).jpg
    0398 - Four generations of Ashbys - Gary, Collin James (Dig) Michael, Maria Mabel Ashby (nee McLean).jpg
    MGJ A (I4649)
    CJ A (I4636)
    GJ A (I4647)

    Stories
    1995 - Maria Mabel (Mary) McLean & James Edward Ashby
    1995 - Maria Mabel (Mary) McLean & James Edward Ashby
    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. [S-148] FS Dianne Facey - ID 4624 - further evidence welcome, Worksheet 26 on 3rd March 2018 - inputted by Don Gordon on 8th March 2018.
      Details provided by Dianne are held in the records of the C&D McLean Committee. These records are accessible via 'Contact us' on the homepage and will eventually be available at the Strathalbyn NTSA.

    3. [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

    4. [S-148] FS Dianne Facey - ID 4624 - further evidence welcome, Worksheet 29 on 3rd March 2018 - inputted by Don Gordon on 9th March 2018.
      Details provided by Dianne are held in the records of the C&D McLean Committee. These records are accessible via 'Contact us' on the homepage and will eventually be available at the Strathalbyn NTSA.