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Melba Agnes MCLEAN

Melba Agnes MCLEAN

Female 1907 - 1985  (77 years)

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  • Name Melba Agnes MCLEAN  [1
    Born 23 Sep 1907  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • The BRB has Melba born in Strathalbyn whereas Susan Nicholls has the birth in Warnsnop Ave in Adelaide (this was the residence of her mother's parents). Maybe her mother was living in Strathalbyn but went to the grandparents home for the birth.
    Gender Female 
    Education 18 Jan 1915  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Melba Agnes commenced Strathalbyn School on 18 Jan 1915 and left March 1923.  
    Biography Notes Notes from BRB:-
    * Youngest child & only dau. of Robert Tannahill McLean & his wife Sophia.
    DEATH: of Melba Potts on 10/9/1985, two weeks prior to her 78th birthday. interred at Langhorne Creek Cemetery SA.
      [1
    Residence Langhorne Creek SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    It appears that Melba spent her life in the area from her birth through her marriage in Strathalbyn to her death in Langhorne Creek.  
    Died 10 Sep 1985  Langhorne Creek SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Langhorne Creek SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-5573  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2017 

    Father Robert Tannahill MCLEAN,   b. 29 Jan 1865, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1931, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship -1818 
    Mother Sophie Henrietta SOMMER,   b. 8 Jul 1869, Oakbank SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1956, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Relationship -1818 
    Married 2 Sep 1890  Yatina SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence Sophie might not have been living with her parents just prior to getting married but the wedding was in her parent's home in Yatina. It may be that they travelled up to Yatina only for their wedding or may have travelled with the family.
    It appears that Sophie and Robert travelled to Broken Hill shortly after, as they have two sons born in Broken Hill.
    Then they travelled to Adelaide or directly to Strathalbyn. Their next children were born in Adelaide but it is not clear whether the family was living in Adelaide or maybe they were living in Strathalbyn but Sophie might have gone to her mother's house in Adelaide for the children's births.
    Later the family moved to Langhorne Creek.
    Sophie and Robert were both buried in West Terrace Cemetery because they were in Adelaide Hospital.   [2
    Family ID F-1818  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frederick Stanley POTTS,   b. 11 Oct 1906, Langhorne Creek SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1994  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1928  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • SOURCE BRB: MARRIED St. Andrew's Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church Strathalbyn to Frederick Stanley (Fred) Potts (b. 11/10/1906 at Langhorne Creek), son of Louis Potts, and a member of the Potts family of the well known SA Bleasdale Winery.
      * DEATH: of her husband Fred Potts aged 87 years on 9/8/1994. interred with his wife Langhorne Creek Cemetery SA.
    Residence 1958  Langhorne Creek SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    In 1958 electoral rolls show Frederick Stanley and Melba Agnes Potts at Lot 61 Langhorne Creek.  
    Children 
     1. Maureen Rhonda POTTS,   b. 23 Feb 1929, Langhorne Creek SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1972, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     2. FM P
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2017 11:56:55 
    Family ID F-1819  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0613 - L to R - H H Tiller, Melba McLean, Christina Blunt (nee Keough), Bert Blunt & flower girl Nacia Clarke in 1927.jpg
    0613 - L to R - H H Tiller, Melba McLean, Christina Blunt (nee Keough), Bert Blunt & flower girl Nacia Clarke in 1927.jpg
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    Documents
    Melba Agnes McLEAN & Frederick S POTTS - biographical notes by Susan Nicholls
    Melba Agnes McLEAN & Frederick S POTTS - biographical notes by Susan Nicholls

  • 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-61] FM Susan Nicholls, nee Moore - ID 8186 -details required.