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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Laurence Albert Allan MCLEAN

Laurence Albert Allan MCLEAN

Male 1878 - 1956  (77 years)

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  • Name Laurence Albert Allan MCLEAN  [1
    Nickname Laurie 
    Born 24 Dec 1878  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Laurence was educated at the Strathalbyn School after which he went kangaroo shooting in the Ninety Mile Desert, Coonalpyn. From there he joined the Militia at Fort Largs and did gate duty at Government House, Adelaide.

    His next move was to Western Australia where he found work at Arnott's Biscuit Factory. Two daughters were born in Perth.

    By 1912 they were back at Adelaide and Laurie joined the Railways as a special constable and at this time they lived at Barnard St. North Adelaide. Their son Angas was born while they resided in there.

    In 1914 they built a house at 9 Llandower Avenue, Payneham and the children were able to attend East Adelaide School.

    Laurie played the flute and saxaphone and enjoyed listening to classical music, the gramaphone being the source of records in those days. He rode a bicycle to and from his Payneham home to his work at the Adelaide Railway Station.

    During W.W.2 he went to and from Melbourne with the troop trains.  [1
    Biography Notes Laurie was a gate guard at Government House. This might have been in the closing years of the 1900s. We do not know if he was on duty when Sir Samuel Way was serving as interim governor.  
    Occupation At some stage, he was a railway policeman at the Adelaide Railway Station. His future brother-in-law, James Congdon was a station master there, but it is not known whether this was at the same time. 
    Died 1956  [1
    Cremated Y  [1
    Person ID I-1434  Christina and Donald McLean | Allan McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 28 May 2019 

    Father Allan b.1857 MCLEAN,   b. 11 Nov 1857, Meadowbank SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1930, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship -470 
    Mother Sarah THOMPSON,   b. 3 Sep 1861, Gawler SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1937, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship -470 
    Married 16 Nov 1878  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Place of wedding: Mother's residence in Alfred Place, Strathalbyn SA
      Witnesses: Sister Mary and her husband Samuel Bates
    Family ID F-470  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Hannah HERON,   d. 1955 
    Children 
     1. Irene MCLEAN,   b. 27 Dec 1902, Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1990, Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Jean Laurel MCLEAN,   b. 31 Jan 1905, Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1998, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  []
     3. Angas Allan MCLEAN,   b. 1 Mar 1911, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1976, Sydney NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  []
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 05:20:00 
    Family ID F-472  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0104 - McLeans - Sinclair, Laurence, Sarah (nee Thompson), Eva (married Congdon), Allan & George (Robert).jpg
    0104 - McLeans - Sinclair, Laurence, Sarah (nee Thompson), Eva (married Congdon), Allan & George (Robert).jpg
    0107 - Laurence McLean, Jean Stoba , nee McLean, Elizabeth McLean & Irene March, nee McLean.jpg
    0107 - Laurence McLean, Jean Stoba , nee McLean, Elizabeth McLean & Irene March, nee McLean.jpg
    0411 - McLean family gathering - Glynn, McLean, Paltridge, Lavery, Talbot, Martin, Ashby, Smith & Hegarty.jpg
    0411 - McLean family gathering - Glynn, McLean, Paltridge, Lavery, Talbot, Martin, Ashby, Smith & Hegarty.jpg
    Use Contact envelope on home page if you can assist naming of others.
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    JD M (I4952)
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    TF M (I4870)

    Documents
    0106 - Letter from Sarah McLean (nee Thompson) to son Laurence.jpg
    0106 - Letter from Sarah McLean (nee Thompson) to son Laurence.jpg
    This letter indicates (assuming) that:-
    (a) It might have been written in 1918,
    (b) Allan came home, probably by train, for just one night and had to leave again - presumably to return to where he was working,
    (c) Laurence was living, with his family, south of Tintinara,
    (d) Sarah was organizing to send a shovel to Laurence which he had been asking about.
    (e) Sarah was planning on going on the Express train next Sunday morning - perhaps to visit Laurence.

    Sunday 9th/18
    Dear Laurie, Your father came home yesterday & went back this evening. I enquired the freight on shovel & it is one shilling by passenger & more by the goods train, so your father told me to send it so as we could not take it well in the Express as we are going by Express next Sunday morning all being well. I will send the shovel next Wednesday 12th by passenger train, will send it by goods to Tintinara then it will go on by passenger from there, so you can enquire for it on Thursday morning. If you do not get it then will you enquire on Saturday morning because if the Goods is late on Wednesday well I will send it Friday so you understand, I will book the guard the money and to pay for it, he will book it from Tintinara. What do you think of this…

  • 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-8] PUBLICATION Dawson book in Goolwa Library, Yvonne Heath of Morphettville, (Heath of Morphettville), C0461991941 - Goolwa.