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William Donald MCLEAN

William Donald MCLEAN

Male 1845 - 1911  (65 years)

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  • Name William Donald MCLEAN  [1
    • William was known as Donald.
    Nickname Donald 
    Born 25 Nov 1845  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Adelaide Observer,4th December 1880, p27
    Goolwa, December 2.
    The election which took place yesterday resulted in Mr. Donald McLean being returned as Mayor, Messrs. Dowland and Sumner as Councillors, and Messrs. Wright and Colebatch as Auditors.

    PORT AUGUSTA, December 1.
    * Mayor - Thomas Young, jun.
    * Councillors:-
    First Ward - David Drysdale and Thomas Burgoyne.
    Second Ward - Thomas Sara and John Johns.
    Third Ward - John Opie and Henry Duxburry.
    Fourth Ward - Samuel Mitchell and Charles Stokes.
    Auditors - Thomas Young, sen., and Daniel Curtin.

    PORT ELLIOT, December 1.
    * Mayor - Donald McLean.
    * Councillors:-
    Henry Parkinson, John Wright, Thomas Dowland, and Thomas Richard Sumner. 
    Biography Notes DONALD'S HOTELS
    * CORIO HOTEL, GOOLWA Donald was the publican, from 13th Dec 1875 to Dec 1879 (ref: Hotels & Publicans Directory).
    * AUSTRALIASIAN HOTEL, GOOLWA: Donald purchased this hotel from Henry Strong Price on 4th June 1879. The title was LXXV - 191 at the corner of Porter St & Hays St, Goolwa (or Section 179, Goolwa Terrace). Donald was listed as the publican from 1880 to 1882 (ref: Hotels & Publicans Directory). On the day of purchase Donald took out a mortgage 99458 for a loan from William Homer for 700 pounds @ 8%. William was his father-in-law. A couple of weeks later, 17th June 1879, Donald took out another mortgage 100025 for a loan from his father Allan McLean. And another week later, on 26th June, there was another mortgage 100412 this time, a loan from Robert Haldane (Donald's brother-in-law) to Allan (why was this loan against Donald's property? - this does not make sense). Then the Power of Attorney General Register Office number 120 of 1881 on 3rd Aug 1881 (what was this all about?). And also on 3rd Aug, there was transfer 129364 from Robert Haldane to group (and what does this mean?) On 11th Jan 1883, another mortgage 154730 was a loan to Donald from John Hannah Gordon who seemed to have taken ownership from Donald around this time.(ref: Maureen Edwards).
    * BUSH INN: GAWLER. Donald and his wife were involved in this hotel at some stage. (ref: Maureen Edwards)
    * NORTH KAPUNDA HOTEL:Details unknown.
    Biography Notes William Donald McLean - born 25/11/1845 at Strathalbyn
    MARRIED: Margaret Ann Homer at Strathalbyn on 5/4/1875. She was born 26/11/1853 in S.A. the daughter of William and Margaret (O'Neil) Homer. They are shown as of the Catholic faith in the Biographical Index,
    In Directories he was a publican of Goolwa - the Corio Hotel 13/12/1872 ? to 12/12/1875
    Became a Town Councillor (not the Mayor of Goolwa as stated elsewhere.) But Mayor of Port Elliott
    DEATH: of Donald on 7/9/1911, aged 65 years, at Glen Osmond Rd. Eastwood, S.A.
    (1) Donald Sinclair Homer McLean born 18/7/1877 died 17/9/1909 at Agnes St. Eastwood aged 32 years,
    (2) William Dawson McLean born 25/5/1879. Married - no children. Residence: (in 1922) Phillip St. Wolseley, S.A.
    Biography Notes Mar 1877  Goolwa SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Adelaide Observer, 3rd March 1877, p7
    [From our Special Reporter.]
    Goolwa, February 22.
    Messrs. W. G. McCulIagh, S.M., T. Graham J .P., and E. Dutton, J.P., held a special Court at Goolwa to-day to adjudicate upon cases arising out of the disturbances at Goolwa on the Show day.
    Thaddeus Moriarty, police-trooper, was charged by Donald McLean, landlord of the Corio Hotel with riotous conduct and maliciously damaging a door on February 14. Evidence was given by several witnesses that Moriarty and O'Mahoney troopers, and A. Turner, constable, were drunk and scuffled in a passage in the Corio Hotel, causing a disturbance; that Moriarty arrested Constable Turner, but O'Mahoney got him away and shut up the parlour door, which Moriarty then broke in ; and that Moriarty assaulted the landlord. The general disturbance was attri-buted by the witnesses to the riotous conduct of the police. For the defence drunkenness was positively denied. It was stated that there was a general disturbance, amidst which Turner was knocked down when a man was being arrested for insulting behaviour, but that he was afterwards rescued. Moriarty was assaulted by seven or eight persons, knocked down, kicked, and struck on the head. He got greatly excited, but was sober. Turner deposed to seeing Moriarty struggling with a man, and interfered, when he was knocked down and re-moved to the parlour, Moriarty being kept in the passage in the crowd.
    The case lasted until late in the afternoon. The Court considered the information proved, and ordered Moriarty to pay 20s. on the first charge, and 10s. and the damage on the second.
    Chief Inspector Searcy watched the case on behalf of the police. Great interest was taken in the proceedings in the township, and the Court was crowded.
    John Spencer was charged with rescuing a prisoner from Moriarty, and with assaulting the latter. Moriarty stated that Spencer rescued a man from him, and was taken himself. He bolted, and when rearrested violently threw Moriarty down. For the defence the rescue by Spencer was denied, and a statement was made that Moriarty was drunk and that Spencer took him home. The evidence was very contradic-tory. This and a cross-information were dismissed.
    Moriarty was further charged with assaulting Henry Hann. Evidence was given that Moriarty while drunk arrested Hann, with the assistance of O'Mahoney and Turner, and took him to the station. He tried to knock Hann's head against, the cell door, and locked him up with two others all night. There was no defence beyond a denial. Moriarty was fined 40s. and costs.
    Chief Inspector Searcy stated that Troopers Moriarty and O'Mahoney and Constable Turner would be removed from the Police Force immediately. 
    Died 7 Sep 1911  Eastwood SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood, South Australia
    Person ID I-6  Christina and Donald McLean | Allan McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2021 

    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 Margaret Ann HOMER,   b. 26 Nov 1853, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1905  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1875  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Donald Sinclair Homer MCLEAN,   b. 18 Jul 1877, Eastwood SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1909, Brighton SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  []
     2. William Dawson MCLEAN,   b. 25 May 1879, Encounter Bay SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1941, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  []
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2019 02:46:14 
    Family ID F-3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    William Donald McLean, born 1845 - gaoled 6 months as insolvent debtor in 1891
    William Donald McLean, born 1845 - gaoled 6 months as insolvent debtor in 1891

    5004 - William Donald McLean & Margaret Ann Homer
    5004 - William Donald McLean & Margaret Ann Homer
    Allan's descendants - biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] PUBLICATION 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.
      MCLEAN Allan, Catherine DAWSON, parents of child born 1845-11-25 named Donald at Strathalbyn

      The child Donald in fact [according to our website?BRB] is William Donald BORN 25.11.1845 at Strathalbyn SA is a match. Assumed this to be a citation/source.

      The above website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016

    3. [S-12] FM Maureen Edwards about Goolwa Hotels-evidence pending.

    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