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Katherine Graham 'Kitty' MCLEAN

Katherine Graham 'Kitty' MCLEAN

Female 1860 - 1915  (55 years)

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  • Name Katherine Graham 'Kitty' MCLEAN  [1
    • Possibly spelt with a C = Catherine
    Nickname Kitty 
    Born 9 Apr 1860  Meadowbank SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • birth 'Meadow Bank' Strathalbyn SA
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes Kitty was known for her singing and her good looks, neither of which were mentioned in her long obituary published in the "Naracoorte Times" dated 18/5/1915. Friends were notified that her funeral would leave her residence, Kybybolite on Saturday 15th and that her death took place at "Coo-ee" farm. "Coo-ee" farm was later renamed "Battunga Park" by A. H. Bradley.

    "The friends of Mrs Bradley will regret to hear that she passed away on Thursday last 'after an illness which lasted some time until about two years ago when she was laid aside with a severe cold. She took a trip to W.A. in the hope that the sea voyage would do her good and stayed with her daughter Mrs Douglas Scott, but she did not at all mend and after her return she became much worse. until she at last became confined to her bed and it became evident that there was little hope of her recovery.

    Everything possible was done by assiduous nursing but she gradually grew weaker Mrs Bradley was the 5th daughter of Mr Allan McLean, one of S.A.'s pioneer colonists who came to the state in 1837 and resided in the Strathalbyn district carrying on farming and grazing pursuits for a number of years. As a daughter in a pioneering home she did her share of the work the early colonists had to do in subduing the bush and developing the country to make it fit for habitation and to make a living from it.

    Subsequently Mrs Bradley's home was in the north of the state at Collinsfield and afterwards went to reside in Adelaide for 18 years, engaging in business pursuits. She and Mr Bradley became tired of city life and when the Kybybolite estate was opened up for closer settlement about 9 years ago, Mr Bradley took up a block not far from the railway station where he carried on farming and grazing. ln addition he opened up a general store and Post Office, chiefly carried on by Mrs Bradley and her daughters. This became the business centre of the district and Mrs Bradley's cheerful and obliging manner gained the esteem of the residents.

    She early saw the need for a meeting place for holding church services, for school purposes, and for social gatherings and took the lead in the effort to raise money for the hall With a good deal of tenacity of purpose it was erected and equipped and it has been found a great boon to the public. Mrs Bradley's efforts will be held in grateful remembrance. She, also, with her family took a leading part in establishing services in connection with the Presbyterian Church which have been held regularly by the minister of Naracoorte at St. Andrew's. She will be greatly missed throughout the district and Mr Bradley and his family have the sympathy of the whole of Kybybolite Community and a large number of friends in the sad loss. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon and was largely attended. if the day had not been so rough there would have been an even larger attendance The remains of the deceased lady were interred in the Naracoorte Cemetery, The Rev. R. W. McLean attended and conducted the grave side service."

    As the Allan McLeans with the unmarried members moved to the north in 1878 and Kitty married Alfred Bradley in 1879 she would of course have met him when he worked at Collinsfield. She was then aged 19. Her sister Rachel's husband W. P. Hornby also worked for a time at Collinsfield The Bradleys would have been in business at Adelaide by 1888 and at Kybybolite in 1906.

    The small township of Kybybolite, in the Hundred of Binnum, is situated on what was originally known as Townsend's Run. Prior to July 1st 1851, pastoral lands were held in the South East under "Occupational Leases". These cost 5 per annum. Pastoral leases after 1851 were charged according to the classification of the land. Being second class land, Townsend's Run was assessed at 15/- per square mile. For his lease no. 163 for 64 miles of waste lands Townsend was charged an annual rental of 48. The land was sold 4 times until 1905 when it was repurchased by the Government for 63,498 for closer settlement. lt was cut into 49 blocks of approximately 700 acres and allotted in June 1905. Alfred Bradley and Gustav Hahn took up holdings and were followed by (among others) D. G. Scott, who married Catherine (Kate) Bradley, E. C. H. Schinckel (brother of Eily, who married Alfred Hamilton Bradley) and W. Johnson, whose property was purchased by D. H and M. F. Bradley in 1963 and is now (1995) owned by John and Dianne Bradley.  [1
    Biography Notes Of all the many singers who have trod on our concert platform since 1877, few more perfect contraltos have been heard than winsome Kitty McLean, whose glorious voice was marked by a purity of intonation and evenness of quality that is rarely found combined with the sweetness of an untrained singer. She was the youngest or second youngest of pioneer Allan McLean's flock, and one of the most popular girls in the district in her day. Had she possessed the opportunities that girls nowadays have she would probably have made a big name for herself as an artiste. As it was she shone later in woman's best sphere - a happy home life.
    [From JW Elliott's Jottings in Southern Argus on 6th May 1915, p3]
    Died 15 May 1915  Kybybolite SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Naracoorte SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-1605  Christina and Donald McLean | Allan McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 8 May 2019 

    Father Allan b.1811 Snr MCLEAN,   b. 12 Feb 1811, Blaich Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1890, Plympton SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship -2 
    Mother Catherine DAWSON,   b. 1825, Tehran Persia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1892, Hackney SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship -2 
    Married 29 Feb 1844  Mt Barker SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F-2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alfred BRADLEY,   b. 16 Mar 1853, Port Elliot SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1930, Kybybolite SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 24 Sep 1879  Collinsfield SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Married in Allan's home in Collinsfield - a week after Mary's wedding.
    Note They met when Alfred was working in Collinsfield. About 1888 they moved to Adelaide for 18 years - engaging in business pursuits. About 1906 they took up a country life again - in Kybybolite on Coo-ee farm (later called Battunga Park). They also opened a general store and post office. 
     1. Elsie May BRADLEY,   b. 31 May 1881,   d. 27 Dec 1909  (Age 28 years)  []
     2. Katherine (Kate) Forster BRADLEY,   b. 28 May 1883, Mundoora SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1956, Geraldton WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  []
     3. Janet BRADLEY,   b. 1887,   d. 1888  (Age 1 years)  []
     4. Ella Graham BRADLEY,   b. 27 Nov 1890, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1969, Blackwood SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  []
     5. Alfred Hamilton BRADLEY,   b. 20 May 1896, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1985, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  []
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2019 08:56:36 
    Family ID F-531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0131 - Katherine Graham Bradley (nee McLean).jpg
    0131 - Katherine Graham Bradley (nee McLean).jpg

    5026 - Catherine Graham McLean & Alfred Bradley
    5026 - Catherine Graham McLean & Alfred Bradley
    Allan's line - biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [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. .

    2. [S-59] Family History Group SA-COLONISTS, Barry Leadbetter, 3, 9 Apr 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      MCLEAN Allan, Katherine DAWSON, parents of child born 1860-04-09 named Katherine at Meadow Bank SA matches the uncited information. Assume correct.not withstanding the spelling of Katherine v Catherine.

      and confirmed by the said website of Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
      Birth entry on SAGHS explains all for Katherine NOT Catherine

    3. [S-63] NEWSPAPER TROVE Southern Argus SA, Page 3 of 6th May 1915.

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

    5. [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

    6. [S-113] NEWSPAPER TROVE Adelaide Advertiser SA, 4th Oct 1879 P2, 19 Aug 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      "BRADLEY-MCLEAN on the 24 Sept (1879) by the Rev J N Miles of Koolunga, Alfred Bradley of Mundoora,to Catherine Graham fifth daughter of Allen McLean, Lake Farm Collinsfield."