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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1857 - 1930 (72 years)
||Allan b.1857 MCLEAN  |
||11 Nov 1857
||Strathalbyn SA [1, 2]
||* Sarah & Allan were ardent card players|
* Sarah & Allan sang beautifully unaccompanied
||Allan was away from home much of the time due to his work and was engaged on the relaying of the railway line to Melbourne which had opened in 1887 and was obliged to "live rough" and sleep in a tent in the mallee scrub. Sarah was nervous as frequently tramps came by "humping the bluey" and stopped to demand food and water. Also there were Afghan hawkers who travelled in horse drawn wagons stocked with clothing, materials and small useful articles items for sale, convenient for the women so far from shops, out they added to their nervousness. |
||Adelaide SA 
|Wife Sarah Thompson (b. 1861) daughter of George J. and Catherine Thompson at her mother's residence Alfred Place, Strathalbyn. The witnesses were Sarah's sister Mary Thompson and Samuel Bates. Sarah was aged 17 when she married and Allan was 21.|
Sarah's father George had departed for parts unknown and was heard of no more. Her mother appeared in Directories as "dressmaker". By 1884 the family was at Bordertown as a son Sinclair was born there, but two years later they were again at Strathalbyn as the youngest and 4«sup»th«/sup» child Eva was born 1886 at Strathalbyn. (Registration record).
Just prior to the wedding, Allan had moved with his parents and some of his siblings, north to Collinsfield SA in 1878. During that year, as well as helping the family settle in Collinsfield, he also spent time at Strathalbyn with farm work and at the "Burnside" property adjoining "Meadow Bank". He is marrigage certificate said "Collins 1892
Sarah was an expert needlewoman and an excellent cook. She and Allan were ardent card players and sang beautifully together unaccompanied, as grand-daughters Jean Stoba and Audrey Hickey recalled from holidays with them at the railway cottage at Benalla.
From Mt Barker Allan and Sarah retired to McDonnell Avenue. Hindmarsh, near the city. the house where Allan died.
«b»DEATHS«/b»: Allan aged 72 on 20/3/1930 - Sarah on 6/8/1937 aged 76 at the residence of son Sinclair, at Tarragon St. Mile End Both were interred at West Terrace Cemetery (Barker 5-39W).
||00 Mar 1930
||Adelaide SA 
- buried West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide SA (Barker 5-39W)
||20 Mar 1930
||Hindmarsh Island SA
|DEATH of Mr Allan McLean, of McDonell Avenue, New Hindmarsh, who died on March 20, was born at Strathalbyn 72 years ago, and was the third son of the late Mr. Allan McLean. He joined the maintenance branch of the S.A. Railways at Strathalbyn in 1892, and later was stationed at Coonalpyn, Bordertown, and Benalla. He was in charge Tailem Bend and Serviceton, and also on the Kingston and Victor Harbour lines. For some years he was stationed at Mount Barker, from where he retired three years ago, and then lived at New Hindmarsh up to the time of his death. He has left a widow, three sons, one one daughter ? Messrs. Laurance Allan McLean (Payneham), Geo. Robt. McLean (St. Peters), Sinclair Jas. McLean (Mile-End), and Mrs. Eva Sturtzel (Henley Park).|
(Adelaide Chronicle, 10 April 1930, p19)
|Allan joined the Maintenance Branch of the SA. Railways and soon after was stationed at Coonalpyn. He later moved to Bordertown and Benalla, still with the railways, before being in charge of relay and other works between Tailem Bend and Serviceton, S.A.. He was also employed on both the Kingston, south-east and Victor Harbor lines, the latter passing through Strathalbyn where his family was domiciled and where his children attended school. For some years he was a ganger stationed at Mt Barker and it was from there that he retired in 1927|
||In 1892 (BRB p86), at the age of 35 years, Allan joined the Maintenance Branch of the South Australian Railways. His employee details from SAR (Volume 7 Page 316) are:-|
* McLean Allan - Birth 11 11 1857
* On 12 Oct 1891 he was a Packer.
* 12 10 91 117 m South. Packer - Wage 6/6
* 02 12 96 Bordertown Packer - Wage 6/6 House 3/-
* 30 01 99 Bordertown In charge Keith - Wage 8/- House 3/-
* 01 05 99 Bordertown Packer - Wage 6/6 House 3/-
* 01 07 06 Bordertown Packer - Wage 7/- Min wage increase.
This all means he worked from 1891 to 1906 without a pay rise.
Collinsfield (short time)
Strathalbyn (births of Laurence and George) Bordertown (birth of Sinclair)
Strathalbyn (birth of Eva)
||20 Mar 1930
||Adelaide SA 
||Christina and Donald McLean | Allan McLean's descendants
||7 Jun 2021 |
||Sarah THOMPSON, b. 3 Sep 1861, Gawler SA , d. 6 Aug 1937, Adelaide SA (Age 75 years) |
||16 Nov 1878
||Strathalbyn SA [4, 6, 7]
- Place of wedding: Mother's residence in Alfred Place, Strathalbyn SA
Witnesses: Sister Mary and her husband Samuel Bates
| ||1. Laurence Albert Allan MCLEAN, b. 24 Dec 1878, Strathalbyn SA , d. 30 Dec 1956, Payneham SA (Age 78 years) |
| ||2. George Robert MCLEAN, b. 29 Oct 1880, Strathalbyn SA , d. 3 Mar 1955, Magill SA (Age 74 years) |
| ||3. Sinclair James MCLEAN, b. 25 Feb 1884, Bordertown SA , d. 23 Mar 1972, Mile End SA (Age 88 years) |
|+||4. Eva May MCLEAN, b. 23 Feb 1886, Strathalbyn SA , d. 28 Jun 1988, Unley SA (Age 102 years) |
||13 Feb 2021 13:48:50 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||J23 - Edwin McLean's letter in 1946|
This letter was probably to Edwin's cousin, Rachel Hornby. He alludes to Rachel's parents (Catherine & Allan McLean), her brothers (Allan & Jack 'JSD'), uncle (Hugh the younger), aunty (Elizabeth Ann & Mathew Johnston) and the Keoughs.
Updated June 2021
- [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, 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. .
- [S-59] Family History Group SA-COLONISTS, Barry Leadbetter, 3.
MCLEAN Allan, Katherine DAWSON, parents of child born 1857-11-11 named Allan at Meadow Bank SA matches the uncited information. Assume correct.
and confirmed by the said website of Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
- [S-250] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - 'Narratives - Douglas Hamilton McLean' in the Library directory on Don Gordon's computer, Page 6.
- [S-8] PUBLICATION Dawson book in Goolwa Library, Yvonne Heath of Morphettville, (Heath of Morphettville), C0461991941 - Goolwa.
- [S-59] Family History Group SA-COLONISTS, Barry Leadbetter, 16 Jan 2017 Research: Lorna McLean.
Married Allan McLean and Catherine Dawson at "Wheatsheaf Inn, Mt Barker SA aged 33, 19yoa on 29 Feb 1844". Ref: 7/34
- [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 May 2020 Researcher Lorna McLean.
Groom Surname: MCLEAN Groom Given Names: Allan Bride Surname: THOMPSON Bride Given Names: Sarah Marriage Date: 16-Nov-1878
Marriage Place: Res of Mrs G J Thompson Strathalbyn Groom Age: 21
Groom Marital Status: S Groom Father: Allan MCLEAN Bride Age: 17
Bride Marital Status: S Bride Father: George James THOMPSON
District: Strathalbyn Book/Page: 117/683
- [S-76] MyHeritage 92connections, my heritage (with a log in), 8 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
Allen McLEAN Birth Nov 11 1857 Strathalbyn South Australia Marriage Spouse: Sarah Thompson Nov 16 1878 Strathalbyn, South Australia Death Mar 26 1930 Adelaide, South Australia Burial West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South AustraliaAustralia