Thomas Rofs McLEAN
John MacLEAN
Thomas ROSS
(Cir 1770-Bef 1870)
(Cir 1770-Bef 1870)
Kenneth McLEAN
Margaret ROSS
(Cir 1796-1870)
Thomas Rofs McLEAN
(Cir 1829-1882)


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Mary (Margaret) GORDON

Thomas Rofs McLEAN 384

  • Born: Cir 1829 385
  • Christened: 20 Sep 1829, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland 386
  • Marriage: Mary (Margaret) GORDON on 5 Feb 1857 in Inverbroom Cottage, Lochbroom, County of Ross, Scotland 383
  • Died: 25 Dec 1882, Townsville, Queensland at age 53 387

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Thomas McLean is recorded as residing at Ullapool at the date of his marriage to Mary Gordon on 5th February 1857.

This view of Ullapool was obtained on a postcard, and sent home to Australia by Thomas' Great Great Grand-Daughter, Tina, on a trip she made to Scotland in September 2000.

Tina noted that the weather was "absly. appalling - the wind was terrible".

Thomas married Mary on Thursday 5th February 1857, in Inverbroom Cottage, Lochbroom, County of Ross and Cromarty.

The harbour and Castle Hill can be seen here in an early view of Townsville. It is not known yet why Thomas came to live in Townsville. His parents, or parent, could have brought the children here, or he could have made his way to Australia on his own, or with one or more siblings. Ah, the mystery of it all!

Thomas Ross, Mary and Kenneth, came to Australia on the Commodore Perry, in August of 1859 coming over with Assisted British Immigration.

They landed in Victoria.

Thomas is buried at the West End Pioneer Cemetery with his wife and son, Kenneth.

His headstone reads:

who died 25 Decr. 1882. Aged 52 years

his beloved wife
who died 11 Oct 1883
aged 48 years.
May they rest in peace.

Also their beloved son
who died 7 Feby. 1896
aged 38 years.

Thomas' details, as recorded on the burial register, shows that he was born in Scotland, and resided in Townsville. His religion was Congregational.

His cause of death was phthisis, a Greek word meaning "a dwindling or wasting away" (ronounced TIE-sis). Phthisis is an archaic name for tuberculosis.

He was buried on Christmas Day - Monday, 25th December, 1882.

Thomas was living at Ross Island at the time of his death in 1882. There was a hotel at this site, on the corner of Boundary and Railway Avenue.

Thomas is noted as being a Blacksmith on his daughter Jessie's marriage certificate of 7 June 1886. He was deceased by this date.

Thomas Ross McLean is recorded as being a Blacksmith in 1897, the year of his son Murdoch's marriage to Emily Frances Orton. He was, of course, deceased at this date.

It is likely that he purchased the home which was to become the McLean family home for a long time. It still stands at 57 Aherne Street, Hermit Park, Townsville.


Thomas married Mary (Margaret) GORDON, daughter of John GORDON and Janet (Jessie) McKENZIE, on 5 Feb 1857 in Inverbroom Cottage, Lochbroom, County of Ross, Scotland.383 (Mary (Margaret) GORDON was born in 1835 in Rosshire, Scotland 394,395,396, christened on 19 Nov 1835 in Contin, Ross and Cromarty 397 and died on 11 Oct 1883 in Townsville, Queensland 398.)

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