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David MCLEAN

David MCLEAN

Male 1870 - 1949  (79 years)

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  • Name David MCLEAN  [1
    Born 1 Jun 1870  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 6th child of Hugh the Younger & his wife Margaret (nee Tannahill). Registered at Strathalbyn, on July 15th.

    MARRIAGE: on 1/6/1897 (on David's 27th birthday) at the residence his bride Elizabeth Emma Curnow (daughter of William & Jane (nee Noyes) Curnow) of East Moonta & born 15/7/1877) At this time David's place of residence was Paskerville, S.A. Thereafter they resided at Wallaroo S.A

    On the marriage certificate Elizabeth's parents were of Wallaroo Mines. Researcher never entered the registration of this 'marriage certificate'

    DEATHS: David died at Wallaroo on 9/11/1949 at Wallaroo. His residence was at lrwine St. He was aged 79 years.
    Elizabeth Emma died on 26/10/1950 aged 73 at Wallaroo. Both interred at Wallaroo Cemetery.

    HISTORY: David had become a blacksmith & had his business at Wallaroo-he became deaf very early in life. It has been noted in Directories that other blacksmiths at that town were named Keough so may have been related and the cause of David leaving Strathalbyn and learning the craft at this northern town.  
    • Born 6th child of Hugh the Younger & his wife Margaret (nee Tannahill). Registered at Strathalbyn, on July 15th.

      MARRIAGE: on 1/6/1897 (on David's 27th birthday) at the residence his bride Elizabeth Emma Curnow (daughter of William & Jane (nee Noyes) Curnow) of East Moonta & born 15/7/1877) At this time David's place of residence was Paskerville, S.A. Thereafter they resided at Wallaroo S.A

      On the marriage certificate Elizabeth's parents were of Wallaroo Mines. Researcher never entered the registration of this 'marriage certificate'

      DEATHS: David died at Wallaroo on 9/11/1949 at Wallaroo. His residence was at lrwine St. He was aged 79 years.
      Elizabeth Emma died on 26/10/1950 aged 73 at Wallaroo. Both interred at Wallaroo Cemetery.

      HISTORY: David had become a blacksmith & had his business at Wallaroo. It has been noted in Directories that other blacksmiths at that town were named Keough so may have been related and the cause of David leaving Strathalbyn and learning the craft at this northern town. His grand-daughter Joyce Williams recalls that he was a quiet person and bent over with constantly shoeing horses, being in a farming district. All transport and deliveries in his time were by wagon and huge draught horses. Over time trucks of grain would arrive on the jetty to load on ships. Much work on the horses would have come David's way.

      A letter from Elizabeth to her husband's sister Elizabeth Ann (Annie) of W.A. has been preserved by the Johnston family:

      lrwine St. Wallaroo, Sunday, April 28th. (1943)

      Dear Annie,
      I received your letter and I hope this you and all your family in the best of health, we are well. l received a cable from Hugh (note, son of Elizabeth & David) from England It took only three days to come over and it was quite a thrill to hear from him in such a short time He was quite well when he sent it, and I received an aerograph letter from him on Friday. The aerographs take about one month to come over. Our youngest girl works in town (Adelaide) and she was home over Easter and my eldest grand-daughter Jean Kempster was home also. Jean is in the W.A.A.Fs. She is stationed in Adelaide.
      Dave is quite well. We had three inches of rain at Easter time. Things are very quiet over this way, there is a clothing factory started in the old hospital and my granddaughter Margaret works there. Margaret is Jean's sister and was called Margaret after your Mother, so I will close, hoping you will come over to see us as soon as you can travel. - With love from your sister-in-law, Elizabeth McLean.

      Only a portion of a second (& perhaps earlier letter) has been preserved :-

      .............. was up here Christmas time. Eva has been working in Sydney for nearly two years now, she would have been home Christmas time but wasn't allowed to travel. Our youngest girl is a nurse, she works in Adelaide. If your son-in-law can come this way we will put him up for a few days and would be pleased to meet him. We have the oldest boy at home, he is a butcher. The eldest girl is married and one of her girls is in the W.A.A.F. and is stationed in Adelaide.

      I have had some lovely letters from different people who have had Hugh to stay at their place, one letter was from a lady of the Presbyterian Church in New York.

      Dear Annie, we would be pleased to see you if you could come with your son-in-law and stay with us and have a good holiday, Dave is 73 and still shoes horses. l begged him to give it up but he won't. l am 66 but Hugh told me before he left home that l am only a kid yet so l will close with love, from Elizabeth McLean.

      Maggie's address - Mrs H. Clarke, Harriet St. West Croydon, South Australia. (Note: from grand-daughter Joyce Williams of Perth. As she recalls her grandfather David McLean from her childhood he was profoundly deaf due to his work as a blacksmith.)

      «b»Nine children ............................................«/b»
    Occupation Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Blacksmith 
    Residence 1 Jun 1891  Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    After wedding moved to Irwin St Wallaroo SA 
    Residence 1 Jun 1891  Paskeville SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Davids 21st birthday and wedding day 
    • Moved to Wallaroo after their wedding.
    Died 9 Nov 1949  Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-5599  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2017 

    Father Ewen (Hugh the younger) MCLEAN,   b. 26 May 1836, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1921, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship -1740 
    Mother Margaret TANNAHILL,   b. 15 Sep 1839, Paisley Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1891  (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship -1740 
    Married 30 Apr 1862  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-1740  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Emma CURNOW,   b. 15 Jul 1877,   d. 26 Oct 1950, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1897  East Moonta SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. David Roy MCLEAN,   b. 8 Nov 1897,   d. 24 Mar 1898, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
     2. Doris MCLEAN,   b. 10 Apr 1901, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1989, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. Eva MCLEAN,   b. 6 Sep 1902, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 00 May 1980, Walleroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  []
     4. David MCLEAN,   b. 10 Feb 1904, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1977, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     5. Allan MCLEAN,   b. 24 Sep 1906, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1908, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  []
     6. Roy MCLEAN,   b. 26 Nov 1909, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1971, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     7. Jean MCLEAN,   b. 26 Apr 1912, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1923, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)  []
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     9. Hugh Maxwell MCLEAN,   b. 26 Sep 1920, Wallaroo SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1985, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  []
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2017 15:07:04 
    Family ID F-1827  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0617 - David & Elizabeth McLean.jpg
    0617 - David & Elizabeth McLean.jpg

    Documents

    BDM BIRTH David McLean on 1st June 1870 in Strathalbyn SA to Hugh McLean & Margaret, nee Tannahill.pdf

    Stories
    1995 - David McLean & Elizabeth Emma Curnow
    1995 - David McLean & Elizabeth Emma Curnow
    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-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy, Spouse of person 14-xi.