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George Robert MCLEAN

George Robert MCLEAN

Male 1880 - 1955  (74 years)

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  • Name George Robert MCLEAN  [1
    Nickname Robert 
    Born 29 Oct 1880  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1906  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On his return to South Australia he joined the Minicipal Tramways Trust as a clerk. There was tension between his wife Addie and Sarah his mother, never explained as to the cause. 
    Education 19 Apr 1906  San Fransisco USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Schooled at Strathalbyn and as a young man travelled to New Zealand on a timber boat looking for work, then on to America and was at San Francisco on 19/4/1906 when the great earthquake struck. 
    Biography Notes 1950's  Payneham SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Robert lived with his sister Eva and son Bob, until he moved to a nursing home at Magill SA where he died on 3/3/1955 aged 74. 
    • He had been educated at Strathalbyn and as a young man travelled to New Zealand on a timber boat looking for work, then on to America and was at San Francisco on 19/4/1906 when the great earthquake struck. On his return to South Australia he joined the Minicipal Tramways Trust as a clerk. There was tension between his wife Addie and Sarah his mother, never explained as to the cause.

      Addie died of cancer in 23/8/1929 and thereafter Robert (as he was called) and his boys lived a somewhat unsettled life in boarding houses in the St. Peters area, but he brought them up in a disciplined and religious manner. Robert was a quiet and gentlemanly figure, concerning whom his daughter-in-law said "that he was one of the 10 nicest men I ever knew"

      He and the boys had identical beautiful copy book handwriting that could not be told apart. Later in life Robert lived with his sister Eva and son Bob, until he moved to a nursing home at Magill where he died on 3/3/1955 aged 74.
    Biography Notes Their mother, Addie, died when Bob was 12 years and Douglas was 10 years old. The boys then lived a somewhat unsettled life in boarding houses in the St Peters area but it is said that Robert brought them up in a disciplined and religious manner (BRB p88). The boys often came over to 53 Tarragon Street when Dora was living there. 
    Biography Notes 23 Aug 1929  St Peters SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    After Addies death, Robert (as he was called) and his 2 sons lived a somewhat unsettled life in boarding houses in the St. Peters area. Raise in a disciplined and religious manner. Robert was a quiet and gentlemanly figure, concerning whom his daughter-in-law said "that he was one of the 10 nicest men I ever knew" All three men had identical beautiful copy book handwriting that could not be told apart.  
    Died 3 Mar 1955  Magill SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried 4 Mar 1955  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Buried West Terrace Adelaide SA
    Person ID I-1488  Christina and Donald McLean | Allan McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 24 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  [3
    • 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 Adelaide Annie Barker THOMPSON,   b. 1888,   d. 23 Aug 1929, St Peters SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 1913  Mt Barker SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Allan Robert Charles 'Big Bob' MCLEAN,   b. 1 Feb 1914,   d. 1989, Christies Beach SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  []
     2. Douglas Hamilton MCLEAN,   b. 1916,   d. 1974, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  []
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2017 13:52:07 
    Family ID F-490  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
    0123 - George Robert McLean.jpg
    0123 - George Robert McLean.jpg

    Documents
    WW - George Robert McLean - born 29th Oct 1880 in Strathalbyn
    WW - George Robert McLean - born 29th Oct 1880 in Strathalbyn
    Father: Allan McLean
    Mother: Sarah Thompson
    WW - George Robert McLean - died 3rd March 1955 in Payneham
    WW - George Robert McLean - died 3rd March 1955 in Payneham
    Age 74 yrs, born c1881, widower
    Place of death Magill
    WW - George Robert McLean & Adelaide Annie Barker Thompson - married 27th Sept 1913 in Adelaide
    WW - George Robert McLean & Adelaide Annie Barker Thompson - married 27th Sept 1913 in Adelaide
    Wedding place: Methodist Manse, West Adelaide
    Groom: 33 years, born c1880, single, son of Allan McLean
    Bride: 25 yrs, born c1888, single, daughter of Charles Thompson

    Stories
    5020 - George (Robert) McLean & Adelaide Thompson
    5020 - George (Robert) McLean & Adelaide Thompson
    Allan's descendants - biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • 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-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, 5.11.2017 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      DEATH 3.3.1995-provided by SA Cemeteries Board. RegNo823/1337

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