FOSTER of Launceston, Australia, Chapter 12.

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Associated family: McLEAN.

Why McLEANs? The association with the FOSTER family.

Our Thomas FOSTER married Grace McNEIL… see chapter 8. Grace was the daughter of John and (Janet) Jessie McNEIL (née McLEAN)… see the McNEIL chapter 9. Chapter 10 describes Jessie’s family… she was born on the Isle of Mull to John McLEAN and Grace McINNES. Chapter 11 describes (Janet) Jessie’s brothers and sisters and this chapter describes her uncle Roderick McLEAN and his family… also probable uncle Allan McLEAN who emigrated from the Isle of Mull at the same time as Jessie's immediate family. Also see Roderick McLEAN’s descendancy report and the McLEAN’s descendancy report which relates the larger McLEAN family.… which might make a complicated picture clearer.

Continuing story of the Roderick McLEAN & his children (from Chapter 10).

Earliest stories in Australia

Roderick, John and their probable (?) brother Allan probably initially settled in the Morpeth area after they landed in the Colony of NSW in 1838. Roderick then moved to the Raymond Terrace area… see Roderick's story below. John moved to the Manning River district, and his subsequent story and the story of his children in the Colony of NSW is described in chapter 10 and 11. Allan remained in Morpeth until his death. His story is also described below.

…Roderick’s Story.

Roderick McLEAN's death certificate said he was born in Ben Moloch (near Dervaig & Aintuim), Parish of Kilninian and Kilmore, Isle of Mull. This is probably Penmollach, about 3km NW of Aintuim… see the discussion of his origins. His death certificate DOB of abt 1798 r/i) is regarded correct. See the discussion of how the McLEANs changed their ages for emigration purposes.

Roderick died in King St., Newcastle, NSW, on 22 Apr 1868; he was 70. Informant of death was Neil McLean, son of Roderick; address Cabbage Tree, Raymond Terrace, NSW. Buried on 23 Apr 1868 in Raymond Terrace, NSW r/i). Roderick emigrated on 27 Sep 1837 from Isle of Mull, on the ship ‘Brilliant’; he was 40. At time of emigration Roderick could speak English a little, but could not read or write English. He was a farmer in Mull and also in NSW. His religion was Presbyterian r/xi).

On 20 Dec 1825 when Roderick was 27, he first married Effie McLEAN in the Parish of Kilninian, Argyll, Scotland r/ix)… b), fb/iv), fb/x). It is assumed that Effie died in childbirth in 1826, when her daughter Anne was born. Anne was baptised on 21 Nov 1826, at Penmore, Isle of Mull r/ix)…c), r/x)…a). Roderick and Effie had the following children:

i. John (1825—1 Mar 1886); ii. Anne (1826—??).

The same year, in 1826 when Roderick was 28, he second married Anne McDONALD, daughter of Finlay McDONALD & Catherine McLEAN r/ix)… d), in the Isle of Mull. Ann was baptised in the same Parish as her husband on 2 Jan 1796 r/ix)…a), and her death certificate r/ii) said she married Roderick when she was aged 30. Anne died in Cabbage Tree, near Raymond Terrace, NSW, on 18 Nov 1878; she was 83. She was buried on 20 Nov 1878 in Raymond Terrace, NSW. Anne emigrated with her husband on the ‘Brilliant’, she was 42. At time of emigration Anne could not speak English, and she had been a dairymaid in Mull r/xi). Roderick and Anne had the following children:

iii. Mary (1832—25 Aug 1912); iv. Niel (Neil) (1834—1 Mar 1906).

Roderick arrived in the Colony of NSW in 1838 and probably settled near Morpeth in the Hunter District with his brother John, whose son Donald was born on 22 Feb 1840 at Morpeth Flats r/viii). Roderick's common link to Morpeth Flats is indicated by the fact that his son Neil farmed at Narrowgut (equivalent to Morpeth Flats) for some time n/iii) before 1859 when he was recorded on the Cabbage Tree electoral roll. b/i (p63)

Roderick's common link with John's family extended also to Tomago, at least for the birth of John's son, Roderick, who was born on 21 Dec 1851 at Tomago r/vii). This was quite possibly on his uncle Roderick's tenant farm… the location indicated by the 30 Sept 1854 marriage of Roderick's daughter Mary to Roderick's nephew Hector McLEAN, when both gave their "abode" as Tomago r/vi). There were two Portions with the name "Tomago" in the Parish of Stockton which faced onto the Hunter River. Richard WINDEYER's Portion 7 "Tomago" contained the stately home "Tomago House", with many tenant farmers leasing small parcels of land under a feudal system of tenancy. On the western boundary of "Tomago" was Portion 17 called "Tomago Estate". Colonel Kenneth SNODGRASS (Acting Governor NSW abt 1838) and Major T.L Mitchell (Surveyor General) took possession of Portion 17 on 6 Apr 1829 in trust for Col. SNODGRASS' sister Janet McLEAN, wife of William McLEAN.m/vi), b/i)

Did the ownership of "Tomago Estate" by Janet (Jessie) & William McLEAN have any significance to our McLEAN family? Perhaps they were related? Sir Edward PARRY visited Janet & William in 1831 and commented on the wretchedness and want of comfort in which they lived, contrasting it with the elegancies and comfort which Mrs McLEAN would have experienced in her SNODGRASS home back in Scotland. b/iii)

One of the SNODGRASS family was involved in Roderick's property ventures as a joint owner with Roderick McLEAN of Portion 143 in the parish of Stowell, which was purchased prior to 1854.m/i). The last Will of Roderick McLEAN of "Drumphin", near Raymond Terrace fb/i) showed that Roderick had been highly successful in the Colony. Probate was granted for goods worth £4,100… and importantly, mentions his property acquisitions:

The Will tells us that Roderick's property was called "Drumphin", and that it was made up of two adjoining Portions of 140 and 40ac, near Raymond Terrace. "Near" meant in the Police District of Raymond Terrace. Presumably "Drumphin" refers to the family origin in Mull… see the discussion in Chapter 10). "Drumphin" was at "Cabbage Tree", Roderick's son Neil gave this as his address in 1868 when Roderick died, and Roderick's wife Anne died there in 1878. "Cabbage Tree" is not found on modern maps, though it is found on an 1893 map by Major T.S.Parrot b/i) Appendix (i), m/iii). here it is given equal prominence to Williamtown, and it is shown at the end of Cabbage Tree Rd from Raymond Terrace to Williamtown. Cabbage Tree is given as a locality in the 1859-60 Lower Hunter Electoral Roll: Hector (R,F), Neal (F) and Roderick McLEAN (F) are listed as either (R) residents or (F) freeholders. b/i) p 63.

Elaine Hall of the Raymond Terrace Historical Society located an 1854 surveyors map "Tracing of 7 Allotments at the Long Swamp" m/ii), showing Roderick's adjoining 140 & 40 ac Portions which were mentioned in his Will. "Drumphin" was near the "Long Bight Swamp" at the end of Cabbage Tree Rd, about a mile from the then Williamtown village. Note that Cabbage Tree Palms are found at the edge of hind dune swamps, and the Long Bight Swamp" is in the Stockton Beach dune system… hence the local name of "Cabbage Tree".

Roderick purchased the 140ac Portion (143) from George HARPER prior to 1854, and then the 40ac Portion (151) from the Crown shortly after Nov 1854 m/ii)… making up the total 180ac "Drumphin" holding. The Parish map below m/i) shows two additional 40ac Portions (78 & 83) as well as the "Drumphin" Portions. When Roderick died in 1868, his Will made no mention of the relevance of Snodgrass to his 140ac, and also there was no mention of Roderick’s Portions 78 & 83. fb/i) Similarly, there was no mention of 3 allotments owned by a R. McLEAN in Clarencetown shown in an 1888 Town map. m/iv)

Image of 1921 Stowell Parish Map.Annotated 1921 Stowell Parish Map next to Parishes of Stockton and Eldon.
Key: Roderick McLEAN’s Portions in red.m/i) Locations in blue: fb/ii)
   a— Devon House, b— Flora McLEAN, c— Alan & Mary Anne McLEAN,
d— Catherine McLEAN, e— Neil C. & Daisy E. McLEAN, F— McLEAN House & dairy,
G— Moxey's Post Office store. See Descendancy Report

Roderick’s Will provided a Trust of everything he owned for the benefit of his wife Anne. When she died in 1878, the Trust continued, giving Roderick’s son John a life interest in his 40ac farm (Portion 151). This could only be sold after John's death, giving equal shares of the proceeds to John's children. However, if John had no children, Portion 151 reverted to the Trust. The remainder of Roderick's property was willed to his son Neil (1834—1 Mar 1906), including Portion 151 should John die childless. As it happened, John married r/xii) but was childless, and died in Sydney in 1886 r/xiii).


Children of Roderick McLEAN & Effie (Phoebe) McLEAN, & then Anne McDONALD.

i. John (1825—1 Mar 1886); ii. Anne (1826—??); iii. Mary (1832—25 Aug 1912); iv. Niel (Neil) (1834—1 Mar 1906).

The Search:

The search began on a firm basis. Roderick’s shipping documents on the ‘Brilliant’ list his children and their ages at the time of emigration of 27 Sep 1837. Their eldest son John was shown as 12 years, giving a DOB of abt 1825. Anne was 11, DOB abt 1826. Mary was 5, DOB abt 1832. Niel was 2 years 6 months, DOB abt 1834 r/xi). The obvious next step is to look at the parents' death certificates for more details of their children. The youngest child Niel (now Neil) was the informant in both cases, and his information was puzzling?

Neil said that at the time of Roderick’s death in 1868 r/i) he had 2 male and 3 female children living. No dead children mentioned. He also said at the time of his mother Anne’s death in 1878, r/ii) that she had the following children: Mary; male infant deceased; Neil.

Why was there such a difference? I initially blamed a very careless informant. However, the answer was simple… Roderick had married twice. Thus in 1868, Roderick had males: John and Neil; females: Anne, Mary and an unknown female, all living. Then in 1878, Anne had males: Neil and an unknown male infant deceased; female: Mary. Note: John and Anne were not counted in Anne's children. Some problems still here.

Now read on…

Family of Roderick McLEAN (2) & Effie (Phoebe) McLEAN.
    i. John McLEAN.

John McLEAN was born abt 1825 on the Isle of Mull r/xi), which was the year before his sister's birth at Penmore, Isle of Mull r/x)… a). He died at 5 Off Bathurst street, Sydney, NSW, on 1 Mar 1886; he was 61 and his occupation was a farmer r/xiii). At the time of emigration on 27 Sep 1837, his age was given as 12 years r/xi), which gives a date of birth of abt 1825. On 28 May 1870 when John was 45, he married 25 year-old Sarah WARREN, daughter of Frederick WARREN & Sarah QUINLAN, at Port Denison, Bowen, Qld. Sarah was born in 1845 in Dublin, Ireland. r/xii).

John's marriage record raises questions. He said he was aged 29 when he was married in 1870, giving a DOB of 1841. When he emigrated in 1837, his parents said he was aged 12, giving a probably accurate DOB of 1825. Parents were not so likely to lie about a child's age as they were to lie about their own in order to get free passage. Could this John McLEAN have falsified his age by 16 years to marry the 25 year-old Sarah WARREN? By the time he died in 1886, his wife Sarah recorded his age as 52, giving a DOB of 1834… closer to the correct figure of 1825.

This record certainly looks as if it is our John McLEAN. The marriage document says his parents WERE Rory and Effie, and he was born in Turbanmurray (Tobermory) which is consistent with the movements of the rest of the family, discussed in Chapter 10. His death certificate confirms that his parents were Roderick and Effie. The Old Parish Records (OPR) r/x)… a) suggest that John was wrong... he was probably born in Penmore and then spent his childhood in Tobermory.

See Roderick McLEAN’s descendancy report for details of John’s family.

    ii. Anne McLEAN.

Anne McLEAN was born in 1826, and was baptised on 21 Nov 1826, at Penmore, Isle of Mull r/ix)…b & c) . Her parents were described as Rory McLEAN and Effy McLAINE… note that Rory was a Gaelic nickname for Roderick r/x)… a). Her age at time of emigration on 27 Sep 1837 to NSW was given as 11 years r/xi), which confirms the date of birth of c1826.

Tradition in the BLAIR and LOCKHART families indicated that Annie, the daughter of Roderick McLEAN, was an ancestor. It also suggested that Anne first married Thomas BLAIR, and that Thomas died in 1850 to 1853 when he was lost at sea off Nobbys Head fb/iv), fb/x) . They had the following children:
i. Janet (12 Jul 1844—26 Oct 1903) | ii. Margaret (4 Aug 1846—11 Nov 1922) | iii. Archibald (1849—28 Aug 1901) | iv. Phoebe (6 Sep 1851—21 May 1853).

We cannot find Thomas’ & Anne’s marriage or Thomas’ death register records, which would verify present day family traditions.

However, the 1901 death notice for Thomas’ & Anne’s son Archibald n/v), fb/xii), fb/xiii) gives us a much earlier and thus an even more credible secondary source than present day tradition… and names Anne's father as Roderick McLEAN. It also tells us that Thomas was a Captain in the Royal Navy! Also, hidden in the notice's list of Archibald's siblings is a Mrs T. POWELL, which demonstrates the link between the BLAIRs & the LOCKHARTs. She was the first child of Anne and William LOCKHART, named Boswell Trail POWELL (née LOCKHART)… hence Archibald's half sister! See below:

BLAIR.—August 28, 1901. At his residence, 11 Booth-street, Balmain, Archibald Blair, only son of the late Thomas Blair, R.N., grandson of the late Roderick McLEAN, pastoralist, NSW., and beloved brother of Mrs J.E. Munroe, Balmain, Mrs. James Nutman, 122 Glenmore-road, and Mrs. T. Powell, Hunters Hill n/v).

Further evidence of the contact between the BLAIRs and our McLEAN family is given in the marriage r/xx) of Archibald's daughter to a grandson of our Roderick McLEAN, who was born on the Roderick’s property at “Drumfin” Williamtown:

John McLEAN & Coralie Annie BLAIR, 29th March 1910, St John's Manse, Paddington, NSW, Presbyterian. John Bachelor born Williamtown, farmer aged 37, "Drumfin" Williamtown. Father: Hector, deceased, farmer. Mother: Mary McLean. Coralie, spinster born Sydney, home duties aged 28, Lawson Street, Waverley. Father: Archibald Blair deceased, broker. Mother: Martha MacCarthy r/xx).

On 1 Feb 1853 when Anne was 27, she second married William LOCKHART r/xiv). William LOCKHART was a stonemason, born abt 1806 at Edinburgh Scotland r/xxi), r/xxii).

They had the following children:
i. Boswell Trail (1853—29 Mar 1930) | ii. William (12 Sep 1856—18 Nov 1857) | iii. Alexander (1859—5 Feb 1933) | iv. Maud (24 Sep 1864—24 Mar 1938)

Unfortunately the LOCKHART marriage register entry kept by the NSW Registrar does not identify Anne BLAIR, beyond saying she was a widow… no parents, no age… perhaps the Scots Church register might contain the missing information:

William LOCKHART & Ann BLAIR. 1853. *Grooms Details: *Name: William LOCKHART, Bachelor. *Member: Presbyterian Church of Scotland. *Abode: Sydney. *Brides Details: *Bride: Ann BLAIR, Her X Mark, Widow. *Abode: Sydney. *When married: 1 February 1853. *Where married: Kent Street, Sydney. *Minister: Barzillai Quaife, Acting Minister of the Scots Church. *Religion: Presbyterian. *Abode: Sydney. *Witnesses: Archibald Blair of Redfern, James Balfour Elphinstone of the Glebe, Sydney r/xiv).

A notice of marriage of William LOCKHART's daughter Boswell (18 Aug 1874) described her as the “daughter of the late William Lockhart, of Sydney” n/vi). This effectively narrows William’s date of death to before 1875, and suggested that he may have died in Sydney, NSW. William actually died in his home at Harrington-street Sydney NSW, on 22 Oct 1863; he was 57. Buried on 24 Oct 1863 in Congregational Cemetery, Sydney, NSW r/xxiii), n/vii).

Have we the right person(s)?

We are fortunate that LOCKHART is an unusual name, and that we have some exact information about William, which made a search for his origins feasible. A record of a stone mason convict matched our data! Same occupation (stone mason), age (DOB 1807), origin (Edinburgh) and destination (NSW). A highly probable match!

Certificate of Freedom:
Certificate of Freedom: No. 40/1522. Date: 15 September 1840.* Name: William Lockhart.* Ship: Minstrel.* Master: Arkoll.* Year: 1825 (5 Apr 1825 r/xxviii)).* Native Place: Edinburgh.* Trade or Calling: Stone Cutter.* Offence: Street Robbery.*Place of trial: Edinburgh (Court of Justiciary r/xxviii)).* Date of Trial: 13 December 1824.* Sentence: 14 years.* Year of birth: 1807.* Height: 5 feet 8 inches.* Complexion: fair ruddy.* Hair: light sandy.* Eyes: dark grey.* General remarks: Lost four front teeth (tattoos) square & compasses WL & heart surrounded by a Rose & thistle & A+L inside lower right arm, Red whiskers.* r/xxvii)

We now probably know what William looked like! Further information is added in a document from the "Alphabetical list of convicts with particulars". William is now recorded with a ruddy and freckled complexion. He ran into more trouble in 1832 and 1834, when he received extra sentences of 12 and 9 months. This list says he was "disposed of" or assigned to D.G. Douglas (at what date?) r/xxix). On the other hand, the 1825 Muster said he was employed by Dr Douglas Cawdon r/xxx), so there may have been confusion in these entries. Perhaps a more authoritative record is in the Colonial Secretary’s Papers, which has: “Lockhart, William. Per ‘Minstrel’ 1825"… on a “list of convicts mustered in the employ of Dr Henry Douglass; in 1825 ” w/ix).

Samuel Marsden had made scandalous charges against Dr Henry Grattan DOUGLASS in his initial stay in NSW (1821 to 1824)… including drunkenness, torture of prisoners, preventing inmates of the Female Factory taking their infants for baptism and so on. He returned to England in 1824 and was exonerated by the Colonial Office, and then returned to NSW in 1825. On his return DOUGLASS added our William LOCKHART to his convict workforce. DOUGLASS fell from grace again, and left Sydney again in May 1828. In 1828 he had leased his Shoalhaven River and Camden properties to William Charles WENTWORTH, and (presumably) transferred his convicts (including our William) to him, with his leases w/x).

A newspaper search showed that William LOCKHART did end up with WENTWORTH and also that our William received his extra sentences in his employ! On 18 May 1832 William appeared with others on charges of stealing a quantity of wine, spirits etc, the goods of his master, William Charles WENTWORTH, at Vaucluse near Sydney on 5 May 1832. WC Wentworth was a leading settler of that time, and his home “Vaucluse House” is managed today by the National Trust. The prominence of W.C. WENTWORTH may have accounted for the case appearing before the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and that the Attorney General acted as prosecutor. Macquarie University has published a full account here, which is well worth reading w/viii).

In brief, WENTWORTH and his family went on a boating party, leaving the convicts in charge. William was employed as a quarryman and was not supposed to be in the house. WENTWORTH returned to find his store robbed, the convicts "speechlessly drunk", William was in bed, drunk, and "his face was much cut and disfigured from fighting." William and two other male convicts "were sentenced to be worked on the public roads, in irons for 12 months, and (the female convict) to be imprisoned in the female factory, third class, for 12 months." w/viii), r/xxxi).

No doubt this case caused much amusement amongst both the establishment and the convicts! However, it was a serious problem for William, since he had been facing execution… categories of larceny which incurred capital punishment were tried before the Supreme Court. Stealing from a dwelling house was a capital offence… perhaps William escaped this by the defence that the store attached to the place where people slept was NOT a dwelling house and that his crime was just "simple larceny". William would also need to plead that his "simple larceny" involved goods beneath a certain value… above that value would be a capital offence!

Sincere thanks to Bruce Kercher, Emeritus Professor of Law, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University. Prof. Kercher kindly discussed some of the legal issues which related to this case.

At the end of his sentence, William returned to W.C. WENTWORTH, but not as a reformed character! He was back in court on 19 May 1834.

Police Office. Monday May 19th, before Mr Slade.
William Lockart, assigned servant to Mr. Wentworth was put to the bar, charged with insubordination. Wm Lucas, overseer to Mr Wentworth, stated, that on Saturday he ordered the prisoner to do some particular work, when he immediately replied, “ he would see him - - first.” On his observing that he should tell his master of his conduct, he said he would knock witness's - - head off, and then clenched his fist & struck him. This was not the first time he had used threatening language. The prisoner in his defence stated, that his master had ordered him to prepare flagging for the slaughter-house, and on the overseer directing him to go about other work; he refused ; the overseer called him a ruffian, and said he would see him on the gallows. Mr. Wentworth addressed the Bench, and remarked, that the prisoner was a most insubordinate character, continually creating disturbances. Nine months to an iron gang for striking his overseer n/viii).

Returning to William's death certificate in 1863, it appears that he could have been separated from his wife after the birth of his son Alexander in 1859. The informant did not know, or just did not mention William's wife Anne, who married William in 1853. Did Anne leave William because he could not adjust to free society? No doubt William had been brutalised by his sentences on the chain gangs. Anne gave birth to Maud near Rockhampton Qld on 24 Sept 1864, which was after William's death on 22 Oct 1863. Rockhampton could be linked to Anne's brother John, who married in 1870 at Bowen, Qld. Anne subsequently registered Maud's birth on 12 Jan 1865 in Sydney NSW, and gave her address as 13 Wentworth Place. Note that Qld had just separated from NSW on 10 Dec 1859, and in the early days, registration across the border may have been a common occurrence?

On 16 May 1881 when Anne was 55, she third married John WILLIAMS, son of John WILLIAMS & Mary ALSTON, in Scots Church, 13 Lower Fort-street Sydney, NSW. John was born in 1811 in Manchester, England and his occupation was merchant at the time of his marriage.

We were most fortunate with Anne's registration of her 3rd marriage:

Marriage: John WILLIAMS & Anne LOCKHART. 1881. *Reg# 1881/601. *Date and Place of Marriage: 16 May 1881, 13 Lower Fort-street Sydney NSW. *Names and surnames of parties: John WILLIAMS & Anne LOCKHART. *Conjugal status: widower, widow. *Birthplace: Manchester England; Scotland. *Usual occupation: merchant; not stated. *Age: 70; 50. *Usual place of residence: Sydney; Balmain. *Father's name, mother's name and maiden surname: John Williams, Roderick McLean; Mary Alston, Phoebe (surname not stated) *Father's occupation: Builder, Farmer. *Celebrant: A Milne Jarvie, Officiating Minister *According to the rites of the: Scots Church. *Witnesses: Janet Munroe, Clara Logeman (? Difficult to read). * Groom -John Williams (his x mark) Anne Lockhart (her x mark).
Birthplace/age/parent details were obtained from church register no 333, meaning that these additional details were obained in a later recall of the Church Register by the NSW Registrar r/xxv).

Was this our Anne McLean?

The next certificate might resolve some of our questions: death of Ann WILLIAMS, reg# 1884/487, aged 54 at death, in the district of Sydney r/xxvi). No luck here, we must keep looking. This Ann WILLIAMS record said in part:

Place of birth: England; Time in Australian Colonies: About 30 years in Sydney; Name of spouse: Joe Williams; Children of marriage: Elizabeth 22, Martha 18, Living; 2 males, 2 females dead.


See Roderick McLEAN’s descendancy report for details of Anne’s family, which includes the BLAIR and LOCKHART connections.

To Kerrie Wheeler who shared the family tradition that Roderick McLEAN had married twice, together with data on Roderick's first marriage & its descendants. Kerrie's information included material from the research of Frances Lorraine (Pax) Armstrong (d. 27 Apr 2004). Karinya Montgomery and Bronwen Hughes provided a break-through with the 1901 death notice for Archibald BLAIR, which established a source linking the McLEANs to the BLAIRs and the LOCKHARTs. Websites written by Bronwen Hughes & Gary Robertson have provided much important data about the BLAIRs. Especial thanks to Bronwen Hughes who has discussed Anne McLEAN's problem families at length on the phone and by e-mail, and who has swapped certificates which reduced the financial burden.

Family of Roderick McLEAN (2) & Anne McDONALD
iii. Mary McLEAN.

Mary McLEAN was born abt 1832 in Tobermory, Isle of Mull fb/v). Her age at time of emigration on 27 Sep 1837 was given as 5 years, which gives a date of birth of c1832 r/xi). Mary died in Williamtown, NSW, on 25 Aug 1912; she was 80. Buried on 26 Aug 1912 in Raymond Terrace, NSW r/iii) .

On 30 Sept 1854 when Mary was 22, she married her cousin 26 year old Hector McLEAN, son of Laughlin McLEAN & Mary McDONALD, in the Church of Scotland, when both gave their abode as Tomago, NSW r/vi). Hector was born abt 24 Dec 1826 r/ix)… f) in Tobermory fb/v), Isle of Mull, Scotland. His mother Mary McDONALD r/ix)…e) was sister to "our" Mary's mother who was Anne McDONALD r/ix)…a).. The 1841 Census shows 14 year-old Hector in Kilfinichen & Kilvicheon, south of Mull, at Aird with his parents and younger sisters Peggy and Ann. The 1851 Census records only his parents and his sister Ann at nearby Kinloch Sgridain… suggesting that Hector had left home w/iii). Hector's obituary gives some precise dates, which suggest that he left home at age 18 to spend 8 years at sea. It also suggests that he then immigrated to NSW in 1853, and records his occupation in NSW as both farmer and postmaster… see complete quote below n/ii). Hector died in Williamtown, NSW, on 18 Dec 1898; r/iv) at the age of 70. He was buried on 19 Dec 1898 in Raymond Terrace, NSW.


Image of Gravestone of Mary and Hector McLEANGrave #602—Mary & Hector McLEAN—Presbyterian Section of the Raymond Terrace Cemetery—Photo: Thanks to Mavis McLEAN.
Note the baptismal date from the OPR is 24 Dec 1826.

A transcription of their gravestone reads:

Transcription:—In Loving Memory—of—Hector McLean.—Born at Tobermory Argyleshire—Scotland. Decr 31st 1829—Died at William Town, Decr 18th 1898—Thy will be done—Also—Mary McLean,—Beloved wife of the above—Born at Tobermory, Argyleshire, Scotland—Died at Williamtown, August 25th 1912—Aged 79 years.—"Peace Perfect Peace."

Hector's obituary n/ii) said:

"The late Hector McLean was born at Tobermory, Argylshire, Scotland nearly 70 years ago. In his early years he acquired some acquaintance with farming life and also with the herring and general fishing interests. Subsequently he went to sea and for eight years sailed in several employs, visiting many parts of the world. He was of a most observant disposition and to the last could recount, with interest, many scenes and incidents of his seafaring life. About 45 years ago he came to NSW where some of his family connections had settled and finding his way to this district then known as Cabbage Tree, he resolved to retire from the sea and soon after married a relative, Miss McLean, daughter of R. McLean, and who survives him. Mr McLean like most sea faring men who early in life had some acquaintance with farming pursuits, soon proved himself well adapted for the hard work of clearing and cultivating and otherwise improving the virgin country upon where he had settled. About 28 years ago [before 1898] the position of Postmaster in the district became vacant and the late Mr. McLean was appointed. For nearly 25 years he held the office and only lost it some 3 or 4 years ago owing to his residence ceasing to be so central for the increasing settlement, as it had once been. As Postmaster, Mr McLean was ever attentive and obliging and proved himself to be a useful and faithful public servant.
Of late years Mr McLean, though ever active, suffered from a complication of ailments, which at times laid him low. In his last illness he was only confined to his room for a week and passed away rather suddenly on the Sabbath, 18 December, 1898.
During his illness he was visited by many friends and received much kindness and attention from all his neighbours. His family of 6 sons and 3 daughters were all near him and saw him frequently as also his brother-in-law, Mr Neil McLean, who was his nearest neighbour. He was interred in the Presbyterian cemetery at Raymond Terrace. The service at the house and the grave were conducted by his Pastor, Rev. J.S. McPherson, who made touching reference to his long and unbroken friendship with the deceased, who was also one of the oldest surviving settlers."

Twelve years later, Mary’s obituary n/i) said:

"An old and highly respected resident of Williamtown in the person of Mrs McLean, passed away on Sunday last, at the age of 79 years. The deceased lady had been ailing for upwards of 2 years and her demise was rather a relief than a regrettable circumstance to her. She was the mother of Lauchlan, Alex, Rhoderick, Neil, Allen and John McLean, nearly all of whom reside at Williamtown, and of Misses Kate, Flora and Mary Ann McLean. The remains were interred in the Raymond Terrace cemetery on Monday, the Rev. W.N . Wilson officiating. The funeral was one of the largest that has traversed the road from Williamtown to the Terrace. The old lady was highly respected for her many acts of good nature and neighbourly consideration for others, and she possessed the native Scotch attribute of hospitality in a very large measure. The family are all grown and like their parents, bear a well respected name among the rest of the folk at Williamtown. We extend our sympathy to them in their bereavement. A memorial service will be conducted in the Presbyterian church by the Rev. W.N. Wilson on Sunday next."

Mary and Hector had the following children:
i. Laughlin (27 Dec 1855—22 Nov 1926); ii. Catherine (10 Mar 1858—23 May 1944); iii. Roderick (14 May 1860—20 Feb 1933); iv. Alexander (16 Nov 1862—19 Mar 1936); v. Neil W. (13 Sep 1864—24 Mar 1944); vi. John (15 Oct 1866—30 Jan 1941); vii. Mary Ann (17 Dec 1869—13 Aug 1942); viii. Allan (14 Aug 1871—13 May 1944); ix. Flora (14 Dec 1875—5 Dec 1955).

See Roderick McLEAN’s descendancy report for details of Mary & Hector’s family, and also the McLEAN’s descendancy report for how Mary & Hector fitted into the larger McLEAN family.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Mavis McLean who had a long-term interest in in the McLEAN family history (visited Mull twice) .… Mavis provided the dates of birth of Mary & Hector's children, as well as a photo of their grave with a legible inscription.

Mary's Will was interesting in the way in which she divided her assets amongst her children, and also for the mention of her 586ac "Stones Paddock"… does anyone know this location? Her Will states:

This is the Last Will of me Mary McLean of William Town Widow. I give all my household furniture unto my two daughters Mary Ann McLean Flora McLean and my three sons Allan Lachlan and John equally I devise bequeath and appoint the five hundred and eighty six acres one rood of land being Lot G of my subdivision of land purchased by Neil McLean from Pepper called Stones Paddock unto my three daughters Mary Ann McLean Catherine McLean Flora McLean and my son Alexander McLean in equal shares as tenants in common I give devise bequeath and appoint all the rest and residue of my real and personal property unto my three daughters Mary Ann McLean Catherine McLean Flora McLean absolutely in equal shares and I appoint my son Allan McLean Sole Executor of this my Will in Witness hereof I have hereunto set my Hand to this my last Will this seventh day of August AD 1909.

Image of family group including Affra and Hector McLEANFrom L to R: Affra McLEAN (1900-1963), Ada SPARK (née MOXEY), Hector McLEAN (1902-1949), Will SPARK. Note: Ada was Affra & Hector’s aunt, & Will was her son. Affra & Hector were children of Alexander McLEAN, and grand children of Hector & Mary.
Photo: Thanks to Marea Moxey.

Special Request: Can anyone help with photos of Mary (1832-1912) and Hector (1826-1898)? I have heard that a photo of Hector has survived. Failing that, photos of their children would be great! The above photo is of two of Mary and Hector's grand children.

iv. Niel (Neil) McLEAN.

Neil McLEAN was born abt 1834 in the Isle of Mull, Scotland. His occupation was a farmer, and he never married. He died in Williamtown, NSW, on 1 Mar 1906 r/v) at the age of 72. Neil was buried on 2 Mar 1906 in Raymond Terrace, NSW.

Neil was the informant of both of his parents' deaths, and was eventually the sole beneficiary of their properties after the death of his step brother John in 1886.

He was probably an elder of the Free Presbyterian Church. The Rev. S.P. Stewart, Manning River (Deputy from Synod of Eastern Australia) visited the area in 1880 to preach at the Free Presbyterian Churches at East Maitland and Raymond Terrace, and also at "Mr. N. McLean's Williamtown (Cabbage Tree)" n/iv).

Neil’s obituary n/iii) said: "Death of Mr. Neil McLean Sen.—Residents of the surrounding districts will learn with regret of the death of Mr. N. McLean Sen., of William Town, who passed away on Thursday morning, after a very brief illness of only a few hours. During Wednesday Mr. McLean was subjected to a very severe attack of cramps, and it was primarily from this attack that death ensued. He was a very old colonist, and came to the State when 2 years old, having resided in the State 68 years. For some time he farmed at Narrowgut, near Morpeth, but for the last 35 years or so, had carried on dairying at William Town. He was successful in his avocation, and died the possessor of a large area of property, portion of the Duckhole Swamp belonging to him. He remained a bachelor through life, but leaves a number of relatives at William Town to mourn their loss. The deceased gentleman was strictly upright and honourable, and well respected by those who knew him. Of Scotch descent, he had the characteristics of the land of the heather and haggis forcibly impressed in his disposition, notwithstanding, that he had spent all but two years of his life as a colonial. The remains will be interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery at Raymond Terrace this (Friday) afternoon at about 2 p.m."

The obituary suggests that Neil came to Raymond Terrace about the time of his father's death in 1868 and prior to that farmed at Narrowgut, near Morpeth. Note, however, that in 1859 he was recorded on the Cabbage Tree electoral roll. b/i (p63) Was Neil's Narrowgut farm the original McLEAN farm in "Morpeth Flats" in the Parish of Middlehope which Neil's father Roderick and uncle John may have both farmed just after they arrived on the "Brilliant" in 1838?

On the other hand, Neil may have remained in Morpeth & Narrowgut with some kind of association with Allen McLean of Morpeth? Allen was the son of John McLEAN and MARY McDONNELL, and died on 30 June 1863. There was a close association between Allen and our Roderick's family. Roderick's Will appointed Allen McLEAN of Morpeth, Householder one of his Executors. Similarly, "Allen McLEAN of Morpeth, Householder by his Will appointed Roderick McLEAN of Drumphin, Landholder and Neil McLEAN his son, Executors. He left a life estate to his wife Christina McLean and after the death of his wife to Neil McLEAN son of the said Roderick McLEAN… " Significantly, both Wills were signed on the same date, 21 Aug 1860! fb/iii) Were they relatives? There is no answer yet.

See Roderick McLEAN’s descendancy report for details of how Neil fitted into the family.


Story of the McLEAN properties after 1878.

Note: this section should be read in conjuction with the descendancy report, which explains the relationships of the people mentioned in the text or on the Parish map above.

In 1878, both Roderick and his wife had died. By 1886, their elder son John had also died r/xiii), and all the McLEAN properties passed to their unmarried son Neil, without encumbrance. By 1892, the Town map m/v) showed that Neil had disposed of:

The Town map also showed that two of the allotments were now owned by an Alexander McLEAN, presumably Roderick's grandson Alexander (1863—19 Mar 1936)… son of Mary and Hector.

Marea Moxey said that Alexander McLEAN and his wife Edith MOXEY (27 Feb 1874—21 Aug 1946) "dairied at Williamtown on a farm on the corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road, opposite the Williamtown School, until the early 1920's when they moved to "Newington" on Maitland Road, Singleton." The farm "on the corner" is the Roderick McLEAN 40ac farm (Lot 151). "Newington" in Singleton later passed to Alexander's daughter Affra (12 Jul 1900—10 Mar 1963). Ivan MOXEY purchased "Newington" from Affra McLEAN's Estate in the mid 1960’s. b/ii) pp52,56.

Moxey's maps b/ii) pp19,36 show how the MOXEYs and the McLEANs were near neighbours. Marea Moxey has also kindly provided information for my Parish Map (see above), showing the "historic" MOXEY family farm "Devon House" in the Parish of Stockton (marked "a" on the map), then the various McLEAN homes on Roderick McLEAN's 140ac Portion 143 (marked "b" to "e"), up to the farm house and dairy (marked " F ") on the McLEAN Portion 151 at the end of Cabbage Tree Rd and the "Junction" with the Nelson’s Bay Rd, farmed by Alexander McLEAN (and previously owned by Hector McLEAN). This 1921 Parish Map shows the position of the Moxey General Store in the small red print "Post Office"(now marked "G" ). Presumably this store was the new location of the Post Office after Hector McLEAN's "residence (& Post Office) ceasing (in abt 1895) to be so central for the increasing settlement, as it had once been". n/ii)

Allan McLEAN of Morpeth.

Allan was probably (?) the younger brother of Roderick and John McLEAN. He immigrated to NSW with his brothers on the 'Brilliant' in 1838 at the age of 30 r/xi) … see the table of his shipping details. He was born abt 1808 in Aintuim, Isle of Mull to parents John McLEAN & Mary McDONALD, and was baptized in Aintuim on 1 May 1808 r/xvii). Allan probably settled near Morpeth NSW with his brothers when he immigrated, and remained in that area until he died at Morpeth, NSW, on 1 Jul 1863 at the age of 55. At that time his occupation was recorded as "farmer" r/xv), though earlier on 1 Aug 1860 his Will said he was a "householder" fb/vii). There were no children to his marriage. He was buried on 3 Jul 1863 in Hiland Crescent cemetery, East Maitland, NSW. No headstone was recorded r/xv), w/iv) .

On 17 Aug 1841 when Allan was 33, he married Christina McLUCAS, daughter of John McLUCAS (1782-1860) & Flora KENNEDY (1787-1850), in Hinton, NSW r/xvi), w/i & ii), r/xviii). Christina was born on 19 Nov 1809 at Calliach, Isle of Mull w/ii), and died on 7 Apr 1880 at Morpeth NSW at the age of 71 r/xviii). She was buried on 8 Apr 1880 in East Maitland, NSW r/xviii) . Her McLUCAS family were recorded in the locations of Calliach and Inivea and later in Tobermory fb/ix). This makes them next-door neighbours of our McLEANs at Penmore, Penmollach, Druim Fhionnghail and later at Tobermory. The McLUCAS family immigrated on the ‘George Fyffe’ on 23 Jan 1840 r/xix). Christina & Allan were illiterate in English, and thus Christina's Gaelic name appears in different forms in the NSW BDM indexes and certificates, ranging from Christian McLUIGS to Christina McLUCES & McCLUKISH… depending on the recording or transcription of the name by the various sections of the Presbyterian Church administration, or the transcription by the Registrar of BDM, NSW. Other spellings found of this surname are McLUCAIS / McLUCAISH / McLUCAS / McLUCASH / McLUGASH / McCLUGASH / McCLUKAIS etc. It has been suggested that the anglicised form and/or a later variant of the McLUCAS range of names is McDOUGALL.

Allan's ages in the above account are derived from his baptismal record (giving a DOB 1808), since there were widely varying DOBs from the ages at his various vital events. He said he was aged 19 in 1837 when he emigrated (giving a DOB 1818). Similarly his wife said he was aged 50 when he died in 1863 (giving a DOB 1813). Did he obtain an advantage at emigration as a single man by decreasing his age by 10 years?

Allan's association with Roderick.

Allan and Roderick's Wills suggest a strong family association fb/i), fb/vii). Their Wills were signed on the same day (21 Aug 1860) and at different offices (Maitland & Raymond Terrace) of the same solicitor (WH Mullen). Roderick's Will named Allan as an executor and trustee "…Allen McLean of Morpeth in the said Colony (NSW) Householder". Allan's Will named Roderick and his son Neil co-executors, and Neil was given a one third equal share in Allan's Real Estate in the event of Allan's wife Christina's death or re-marriage.

Roderick's son Neil farmed at Narrowgut (the original McLEAN farm in "Morpeth Flats"?). Neil subsequently went to Raymond Terrace before his father's death in 1868 n/iii). Perhaps Neil and Allan were associated through living in the same area and also the farm, and Neil left the Morpeth area after Allen's death in 1863?

See the McLEAN’s descendancy report for how Allan fitted into the McLEAN family.

      Newspapers and Periodicals.
n/i)  Obituary. Mary McLEAN. 1912. Raymond Terrace Examiner; 30 Aug 1912.
n/ii) Obituary. Hector McLEAN. 1898. Gloucester Examiner; 3 Mar 1899.
n/iii)  Obituary. Neil McLEAN. 1906. Gloucester Examiner; 2 Mar 1906.
n/iv)  Free Presbyterian Church services: 1880. Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser; 8 May 1880.
n/v)  Death notice. Archibald BLAIR. 1901. Sydney Morning Herald; 31 Aug 1901.
n/vi)  Marriage notice. Boswell LOCKHART & Thomas POWELL. 1874. Sydney Morning Herald; 18 August 1874.
n/vii)  Funeral Notice. William LOCKHART 1863. Sydney Morning Herald; 24 October 1863: 10.
n/viii)  Police Office report: William LOCKHART, insubordination and striking an overseer, 1834. The Sydney Monitor; 24 May 1834: 2.
      Registrations and Lists:
r/i) Death of Roderick McLEAN. Reg# 1868/5422. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
Transcriptions of Raymond Terrace Courthouse records by the Raymond Terrace Historical Society (RTHS) r/ii—r/v)
r/ii) Death of Anne McLEAN. Reg# 9236/1878 Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/iii) Death of Mary McLEAN. Reg# 12447/1912 Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/iv) Death of Hector McLEAN. Reg# 15629/1898 Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/v) Death of Neil McLEAN. Reg# 2880/1906 Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/vi) Marriage of Mary & Hector McLEAN. Reg# V1854870 81/1854. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/vii)   Baptism of Roderick McLEAN. Reg# 1852/0 (V18521146 51). Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/viii)   Baptism of Donald Hugh McLEAN. Reg# 1840/0 (V1840825). Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/ix)    FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index:
      a) Baptism of Ann McDONALD on 2 Jan 1796, Parish of Kilninian. Film: 6934223, 74.
      b) Marriage of Roderick McLEAN & Effie McLEAN on 20 Dec 1825, Parish of Kilninian. Film: 6934224, 96.
      c) Baptism of Ann McLEAN on 21 Nov 1826, Parish of Kilninian. Film: 7005125, 30.
      d) Marriage of Finlay McDONALD & Catherine McLEAN on 19 Jan 1790, Penmollach, Parish of Kilninian. Film: 6934225, 77.
      e) Baptism of Mary McDONALD on 29 Mar 1791, Penmollach, Parish of Kilninian. Film: 6934223, 74.
      f) Baptism of Hector McLEAN on 24 Dec 1826, Parish of Kilninian. Film: 005125, 57.
r/x)   Lists of Old Parish Records, Mull Genealogy Website.
      a) Baptism of Ann McLEAN on 21 Nov 1826, Penmore, Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland. Film: 7005125, 30.
r/xi)  Isle of Mull immigrants on the ‘Brilliant’ on 2 Jan, 1838. NSW State Archives; "Assisted Bounty Immigrants”" Ref# 4/4828, reel# 1288.
r/xii)  Marriage of John McLANE & Sarah WARREN. Reg# 1870/10. Registrar of BDM, Qld.
r/xiii)   Death of John McLEAN. Reg# 400/1886. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xiv)   Marriage of Anne BLAIR & William LOCKHART. Reg# V18531365 73B/1853 . Number: 1365 Vol: 73B. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xv)   Death of Allan McLEAN.1863. Reg# 1863/004599. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xvi)   Marriage of Allan McLEAN & Christina McLUCES. Reg# V18531365 73B/1853. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xvii)   Baptism of Allan McLEAN on 1 May 1808, parents John McLEAN & Mary McDONALD, Aintuim, Isle of Mull. Film: 701309, 84.
r/xviii)  Death of Christina McLEAN.1863. Reg# 1880/8123. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xix)  Immigrants on the ‘George Fyffe’ on 23 Jan, 1840. NSW State Archives; "Assisted Bounty Immigrants" Ref# 4/4781, 4/4854, reels# 2668, 1312.
r/xx)   Marriage of John McLEAN & Coralie Annie BLAIR. Reg# 1910/06007). Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xxi)   Birth of William LOCKHART. *Reg# 1856/001025. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xxii)  Death of Alexander LOCKHART. *Reg#1933/000996. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xxiii)  Death of William LOCKHART (Snr). *Reg# 1863/1269. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xxiv)  Birth of Maud LOCKHART. *Reg# 1865/69. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xxv)  Marriage of John WILLIAMS & Anne LOCKHART. *Reg# 1881/601. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xxvi)  Death of Ann WILLIAMS. *Reg# 1884/487. Registrar of BDM, NSW.
r/xxvii)  LOCKHART William; Vessel: Minstrel 1825 . No. 40/1522; Date: 15 Sep 1840; Record type: Certificate of Freedom. NSW State Archives: [4/361; Reel 1007].
r/xxviii)  Home Office: Australian convict transportation registers: other ships and fleets, 1791-1868; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication HO11); The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.
r/xxix)  Colonial Office and Predecessors: Alphabetical list of convicts with particulars 1788-1825; 1840-1842; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication CO 207/9); The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England. In Australian archives the collection is referenced as CO207/1-3.
r/xxx)  1825: General Muster for New South Wales: A General Muster List of all the inhabitants (with the exception of the military) of the colony of New South Wales for the years 1823, 1824, 1825.
r/xxxi)Larceny case v. William Lewis, James Ward, William Lockhart and Elizabeth Smith, 18 May 1832. Indexes online, State Records Authority of New South Wales. (Criminal jurisdiction; appendix 1: prisoners tried before the Supreme Court; citation 1: 13477 [T34] 32/116; citation 2: 880 [T152] 42).
      Family Bibles, Wills & papers, Correspondence, Grave Stones:
fb/i)   Probate: Roderick McLean, Date of death 22 April 1868, Granted on 15 July 1868. Item number series 1-7698. Record series 13660, probate packets. NSW State Records.
fb/ii)   Pers. comm: Moxey, Marea. The relationship between the MOXEY and the McLEAN families, and the location of the various McLEAN homes. Letters; 2009.
fb/iii)   Pers. comm: Lane, Lurline. The relationship between the Allan & Roderick McLEAN families. E-mails; 2008.
fb/iv)   Pers. comm: Wheeler, Kerrie. E-mails; 2009-2010.
fb/v)   Gravestone of Hector and Mary McLEAN. Plot 602, Presbyterian Section, Pioneer Graves, Raymond Terrace, NSW. Note: This establishes Hector and Mary were born in Tobermory. See photo in Chapter 12.
fb/vi)   Pers. comm: McLEAN, Mavis . Initial research on the relationship between the Allan & Roderick McLEAN families. 2009 - 2010.
fb/vii)   Probate: Allan McLean, Date of death 13 Jun 1863, Granted on 18 Aug 1863. Item number series 1-5738. Probate packets. NSW State Records.
fb/viii)   Probate: Mary McLean, Date of death 25 Aug 1912, Item number series 58231, SC002398. Probate packets. NSW State Records.
fb/ix)   Pers. comm: Brunette, Melda. McLUCAS family in Mull. E-mail; Feb 2010.
fb/x)   Armstrong, Frances Lorraine (Pax); d. Apr 2004. McLEAN research. Communicated by Kerrie Wheeler.
fb/xi)  Pers. comm: Robertson, Gary. E-mails; 2009-2010.
fb/xii)  Pers. comm: Montgomery, Karinya. E-mails; 2010.
fb/xiii)  Pers. comm: Hughes, Bronwen. E-mails; 2010.
m/i) Parish Map of Stowell, County of Gloucester. Lands Department; 1921. (Notations made up to 1922.) Parish map preservation project.
m/ii)Tracing of 7 Allotments at the Long Swamp; Parish of Stowell, County of Gloucester. To accompany description and letter to the Surveyor General, no. 54/2; 14 Nov 1854.
m/iii)  Parrot, Major TS. Map of the country around Newcastle N.S.W. ...based on government and other surveys. 1893. Call number C919.442/11. Newcastle Region Library: Local Studies Library.
m/iv)Town map of Clarencetown. Lands Department; 1888. (Notations made up to 1926.) Parish map preservation project.
m/v)Town map of Raymond Terrace. Lands Department; 1892. (Notations made up to 1931.) Parish map preservation project.
m/vi)  Parish Map of Stockton, County of Gloucester. Date of map: 20 Mar 1915. Further notations made up to 22 Jan 1918. Lands Department parish map preservation project.
b/i)  Hartley, D.T. From Fullerton Cove to Motto Farm. Private Publication; 1987.
b/ii)  Moxey, M. Richard and Mary Moxey and their kindred, 1849-1987. Private Publication; 1989.
b/iii)  Parry, Sir Edward. Early days of Port Stephens: extracts from the diary of Sir Edward Parry. Cambridge Press, Newcastle; p 23. Description: Initially published in the Dungog Chronicle between 1940 - 1960, from material in the archives of the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC). Notes: Parry was appointed Commissioner for the AAC in 1830. He visited the McLEANs in 1831 when his horses were bogged in a swamp.
w/i) Descendants of John McLUCAS: The ancestors of Errol & Vickey Cubis. Pages 1-7.
w/ii) Brunette, Melda. Information provided to Mull Genealogy Website.
w/iii) Census records. Mull Genealogy Website.
w/iv) Maitland City Council: East Maitland Cemetery.
w/v)Gary Robertson.
w/vi) Bronwen Hughes: "Barraclough Girls".
w/vii) Vincent MacNeil: Gaelic names, nicknames and possible English translations; online.
w/viii)Decisions of the Superior Courts of New South Wales, 1788-1899: Wentworth, W.C., theft from Vaucluse House. Division of Law, Macquarie University. Online.
w/ix)Index to the Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825: State Archives of NSW. Online. Refers to: William LOCKHART and Fiche 3129; 4/1841B No.224 p.458.
w/x)  Noad, KB. Douglass, Henry Grattan (1790 - 1865): Australian Dictionary of Biography. Online.
I am grateful to Elaine Hall, research officer of the Raymond Terrace Historical Society (RTHS) who has provided much guidance and information. The RTHS documents have been invaluable. They included transcriptions of the Raymond Terrace Courthouse records, burial records, headstones, newspaper articles, maps etc., which reflect the dedication of the Society volunteers. Thanks also to Marea Moxy who has shared her detailed knowledge of the McLEANs from the viewpoint of the MOXY family who were next door neighbours from the very beginning. Thanks to Doreen Hornsby who obtained the most significant location "Penmollach" for the above events from the OPR films, elucidated McDONALD—McLEAN relationships through correspondence in an Isle of Mull mailing list thread and also alerted me to the Treshnish McINNES records. Also to Lurline Lane who shared the family tradition that Hector McLEAN had married his cousin… and to Kerrie Wheeler who shared the other family tradition that Roderick McLEAN had married twice, together with data on Roderick's first marriage & its descendants. Kerrie's information included material from the research of Frances Lorraine (Pax) Armstrong (d. Apr 2004). Thanks also to Mavis McLean whose long-term research interest in in the McLEAN family history (visited Mull twice) led her to find relationships between Allan, Roderick & Hector McLEAN. Mavis also provided the DOBs of Hector and Mary's children. Karinya Montgomery and Bronwen Hughes provided a break-through with the 1901 death notice for Archibald BLAIR, which established a source linking the McLEANs to the BLAIRs and the LOCKHARTs. Websites written by Bronwen Hughes & Gary Robertson have provided much important data about the BLAIRs. Last, but not least… Keith Sanger who suggested that the localities of Penmollach and Druim Fhionnghail might have relevance to my search for Ben Moloch and Druimfionn, which enabled another breakthrough.


It would be great if descendants of the McLEANs, or people with knowledge of this family, could make contact with me. See the e-mail link at the bottom of this page.

The Story Continues