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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



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'Hints to Emigrants' by Henry Capper, South Australia Company, 1838
'Hints to Emigrants' by Henry Capper, South Australia Company, 1838
These are practical details for people considering migrating to South Australia. It includes principles and legislation on which the colony is established, arrangements for purchasing land, ensuring there are enough labourers, history, geography, shipping, and the development of South Australia Company. In particular, there are details for passengers - fares, what they should take with them, and conditions on the voyage.
Although this was published in early 1838 - when Donald McLean had already arrived in the colony - it describes the conditions which he was experiencing. It was the 2nd edition, so there was an earlier edition while Donald was still in Scotland. He might not have seen the first edition, but maybe some key elements were shared in other ways.
There is a third edition, published in June 1839 which can be accessed via the State Library of Victoria - digital.slv.vic.gov.au dtl_publish pdf marc.

 
 
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Fraser - Kilmallie in 1792 - from the old statistical account of Scotland
Fraser - Kilmallie in 1792 - from the old statistical account of Scotland
John Sinclair arranged for the minister of each parish to compile a comprehensive description of their population, geography, farming and other activities. Rev Alexander Fraser was the minister of the parish of Kilmallie. This account was in 1792 and another one was completed in 1835, by Rev McGillivray.
There is nothing specifically about our family, but describes the circumstances around Donald McLean's childhood - in 1792, he was 13 years old, living in Blaich and/or Duisky. Also John McPhee and Christ'n Cameron were the early years of their marriage in Crieff - with toddler Christina.  
 
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Marianne McLean - 'The People of Glengarry - Highlanders in Transition 1745 to 1820' - pub 1993
Marianne McLean - 'The People of Glengarry - Highlanders in Transition 1745 to 1820' - pub 1993
This extract has wonderful details about activities around Loch Arkaig. It includes some information about Achnacarry and Crieff which were among the smaller-than-average farms of the 38 farms that comprised the Lochiel Estate.
There is nothing specifically about Christ'n Cameron and John McPhee but it has general descriptions of the circumstances during their childhoods and their married life.
This extract has pages 42 to 76 (some pages missing). 
 
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McGillivray - Kilmallie in 1835 - from the second statistical account of Scotland
McGillivray - Kilmallie in 1835 - from the second statistical account of Scotland
Rev Donald McGillivray was the minister of the parish of Kilmallie. It is part of a huge project where the minister of every parish complied a comprehensive description - population, geography, farming and other activities. This account was in 1835 and follows the previous one in 1792, by Rev Fraser.
This document outlines the general circumstances of the region where Donald and Christina were living leading up to 1835, prior to migrating in 1837. There is nothing about them specifically and little about the southern shores of Loch Eil.