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Donald MCLEAN

Donald MCLEAN

Male 1889 - 1986  (96 years)

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  • Name Donald MCLEAN  [1
    Born 18 Dec 1889  Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Donald McLean was the eldest son of Donald (the Rover) McLean & Mary, nee Hillary.

    Born 18/12/1889 at Narrabeen

    Contractor of Clarke St.Narrabeen.

    A newspaper article of 1986 (supplied by Glad. Gardner of Meningie, S.A.) described Donald's heroism as a young man. Quoted from the "Sydney Morning Herald" dated 18/1/1907, headed - "Pioneers death (1986) recalls Heroic Rescue" lt was really in the nature of an obituary.

    "A Narrabeen man who gained fame for a dramatic surf rescue at Narrabeen in 1907 and remained a respected local identity died last week at the age of 97. Donald McLean described himself as an "all rounder" as far as hard manual labor is concerned, be it woodcutting, quarrying or road making.

    Under the headline: Dangers of Surfing - Narrow Escape at Narrabeen" - On 18/1/1907 Mr McLean and another bather went to the assistance of John Johnstone, a young man who was caught in an undertow. After a short struggle they brought him ashore, then Mr McLean went to help his younger brother who had tried to throw out a lifeline and had gotten into trouble himself.

    Then Donald McLean had to go back to rescue Mr Johnstone again after he once again rushed into the sun excited by his own rescue and no doubt intent on helping Mr McLean to rescue his 10 year old brother Hugh. None of the rescuers had any training in either surf or aid relating to the surf. A 1973 Manly "Daily" historical feature said "Don smiled as he recalled them upending the half drowned Johnstone by the legs and pumping his legs to expel any water, after which they poured brandy down his throat!"

    For his action in rescuing Johnstone, Donald McLean was recommended by the local progress society for recognition by the Shipwreck Society's Certificate and Bronze Medallion.

    The McLean family has been part and parcel of Narrabeen for about 103 years. Donald McLean was born at Narrabeen in 1889, one of 14 children. He was reported recalling the time when Narrabeen extended from Mona Vale to Stoney Ridge, south ofthe present suburb of Dee Why. As a lad, Donald would earn 5 shillings (50c.) per head rowing visitors around the Lakes, which, he said, were much more extensive and beautiful than today and abounded with large fish. For many years he worked on the local roads for the Warringah Shire Council, later becoming a ganger. He was pan of Narrabeen history who will be remembered with admiration."

    Marriage: to Pearl Kearns (or perhaps spelt Cairns). No dates available.  [1
    Military Service 16 Oct 1916  Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    He might have served in Egypt in the WW1 because there is a photo which is believed to be of this Donald with his cousin Otto Hughes. 
    Died 14 Jul 1986  [4, 5
    Person ID I-2521  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the elder) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2020 

    Father Donald ('The Rover') MCLEAN,   b. 8 Mar 1857, Milang SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1932, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship -823 
    Mother Mary HILLARY,   b. 5 Aug 1862, Auburn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1940, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship -823 
    Family ID F-823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Pearl Lillian CAIRNS,   b. 1896, Sydney NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Donald MCLEAN,   b. 1889, Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1986  (Age 97 years)  []
     2. Lilian Pearl MCLEAN,   b. Narrabeen NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sydney NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  []
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2013 14:08:00 
    Family ID F-835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0215 - Kindor, Hugh & Donald McLean.jpg
    0215 - Kindor, Hugh & Donald McLean.jpg
    0216 - The Family of Mary & Donald (The Rover) McLean in 1910.jpg
    0216 - The Family of Mary & Donald (The Rover) McLean in 1910.jpg
    0217 - Funeral of Donald (The Rover) McLean - Alan, Archibald, Jack & Kindor McLean.jpg
    0217 - Funeral of Donald (The Rover) McLean - Alan, Archibald, Jack & Kindor McLean.jpg
    Otto Hughes seated and Donald McLean b1889 - in Egypt in WW1 - from Tom Hughes.jpeg
    Otto Hughes seated and Donald McLean b1889 - in Egypt in WW1 - from Tom Hughes.jpeg

    STORIES
    5046 - Donald McLean & Pearl Kearnes or Cairns
    5046 - Donald McLean & Pearl Kearnes or Cairns
    Descendants of Hugh the elder - 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-46] FS Tom Hughes - ID 2720 - evidence pending.
      Copies of correspondence from this descendant is held in the records of the McLean Committee. The records can be accessed by requests via 'Contact us' on the home page of this website or via the Strathalbyn National Trust. The particular item of correspondence is filed under the source?s name.

    3. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, naa.gov.au, 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.

    4. [S-117] National Archive of Australia Military Records, naa.gov.au, 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      on front page in bright red ink states date of death. Seemingly unrelated since the date is 1989, however front right corner is clearly his death date. No location is noted.

    5. [S-106] BDM NSW, https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au, 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      MCLEAN DONALD RegNo.16645/ DOD:1986 FATHER:DONALD MCLEAN, MOTHER:MARY