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Alexander Ewen MCLEAN

Alexander Ewen MCLEAN

Male 1877 - 1956  (78 years)

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  • Name Alexander Ewen MCLEAN  [1
    Born 19 Dec 1877  Kingston SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • «b»Alexander Ewen McLean«/b» (registered in error as Alexandrew) bom 19/12/1877 at Kingston, S.A.

      Said by his son to have "taken Willie's place" as head of the family (due to their father's failings) but as Alex was about 11 years old, when Willie died he could not have been a very sturdy prop to the mother. The reminiscences already mentioned were written by Douglas, son of Alexander, with an account of the career of Alex with the S.A. Railways which he joined in 1900. He was transferred to Jamestown.

      MARRIAGE: to Alice Maude Rosser, b. 24/3/1887, who died at Jamestown, S.A. on 11/4/1934 aged 47 years, and was buried there.

      From signalman at Jamestown. Alex was appointed to Mingary on the Broken Hill line about 1917, where the population consisted of about 4 families, all railway people, with goats as a side line. Alex became the "goat King" as he owned the largest herd, due to taking over from a man who left in a hurry. There were caterpillar and locust plagues, which meant the railway lines had to be "sanded" to ensure the train wheels would grip. In 1919 the family moved to Gumbowie between Terowie and Peterborough - the fate of the goats was not revealed. The youngest child was born at Jamestown in 1924, and Alice, his wife, died there in 1934.

      Alex retired to the Adelaide suburb of North Croydon (now called Croydon Park), and during World War ll worked at the nearby Simpson's Factory, with his daughter, Joyce, house-keeping for him.

      DEATH: Alexander McLean died aged 78 years, on 2/7/1956, and was buried in Centennial Park Cemetery.
    Died 2 Jul 1956  [1
    Buried Centennial Park SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-2331  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the elder) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2017 

    Father Hughie MCLEAN,   b. 21 Mar 1850, Tailem Bend SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1913, Parrakie SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship -765 
    Mother Mary Ann MCINTYRE,   b. 1854, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1927, Kingston SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship -765 
    Married 1874  Robe SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-765  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Maude ROSSER,   b. 24 Mar 1887, Kingston SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1934, Jamestown SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 1912  SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Douglas Alexander MCLEAN,   b. 6 Oct 1912,   d. 1987, Whyalla SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  []
     2. Archibald James b.1914 MCLEAN,   b. 15 Jun 1914, Clare SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1993, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  []
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2016 15:17:19 
    Family ID F-766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Stories
    5038 - Alexander Ewen McLean & Alice Maude Rosser
    5038 - Alexander Ewen McLean & Alice Maude Rosser
    Descendants of Hugh the elder - 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, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=32, 26 Jul 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      MARRIED,1874 RegNo:100/200 groom:MCLEAN,Hugh bride:MCINTYRE,Mary Ann at district of Robe SA

    3. [S-60] http://graememoad.com/Family/WC182/WC182_227.HTM, 5 Dec 2016.
      Offers a marriage date which was blank.
      Researcher Lorna McLean 05.12.2016