Kenneth McLean (1898 - 1962)



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Liff Road, Dundee, Dundee City County, Scotland United Kingdom


at The Royal Melbourne Hospital,
Grattan Street, Parkville, VIC Australia
Cause of death: Pneumonia due to complications after surgery for strangulation of the bowel.

Cause of death

Pneumonia due to complications after surgery for strangulation of the bowel.

Burial / Funeral

at Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
Princes Hwy, Springvale, Victoria Australia


Last Known Residence

17 Overend Street, Brunswick East, Victoria Australia

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Father: Malcolm McLean
Mother: Mary (Devine) McLean
Siblings: Bessie McLean

Wife: Lillian Marie (Boxall) McLean
Children with Lillian Marie: Carole Adele McLean, Neil Franklin McLean, Kenneth Peter McLean, and Un-Named Still Born


Boiler Maker by Trade. Worked building the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Boilermaker. Worked building the Sydney Harbor Bridge.


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Military Service

WW1 Kings Own Infantry
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1898 - In the year that Kenneth McLean was born, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

1919 - At the age of 21 years old, Kenneth was alive when Indian lawyer Mahatma Gandhi initiated the Satyagraha campaigns, beginning the nonviolent resistance movement against British rule of India. Satyagraha means "holding onto truth" and the campaign for India independence, which was eventually obtained, called for "self-suffering" rather than inflicting suffering (i.e., violence) on others.

1928 - By the time he was 30 years old, aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

1960 - He was 62 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

1962 - In the year of Kenneth McLean's passing, lasting from October 16th - 28th, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest that the United States and the Soviet Union came to nuclear war. The Soviet Union had been installing a nuclear missile base in Cuba. The United States established a blockade to stop the base from being completed. Through secret negotiations, war was averted: the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle their weapons in Cuba and the United States agreed to never invade Cuba and to dismantle weapons in Turkey and Italy.

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edit Kenneth McLean & Lillian Marie (Boxall) McLean
1933 - August 16, 1962 (death)
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Kenneth McLean & Lillian Marie (Boxall) McLean
1933 - August 16, 1962 (death)
Sydney, NSW, 2000

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McLean Family/Clan originated on the Isle of Tiree. One of the relations, Malcolm McLean was a Minister of Religion and left Tiree to serve the Perth Parish. Malcolm later was transferred to Dundee where the family took roots.

Kenneth McLean born 1898, to Malcom and Mary McLean of 60A Liff Road, Dundee.

Completed Boilermaker apprenticeship at WB Thompson Shipbuilding Dundee.

Served WWI, enlisted on 1st April 1915 at 17years old

UK Army Service number. 635311

Served in 96/20th brigade r.f.a.

Saw action in the Somme, Artillery firing cannons.

Discharged 3rd August 1919 after 4yrs active service in the Artillery aged 21yrs.

Possibly received chest wound during war service. This is believed as he had a chest wound that never healed, bone kept growing through the wound and he would snip it off with a pair of pincers.

Employed as a Boilermaker for WB Thompson Shipbuilding Dundee then believed to have worked as an Engineer on-board Merchant Ships.

17th July 1921, his father, Malcolm McLean dies aged 54 years.

Ended up in Australia, suspected he left his ship in Sydney.

Worked Sydney Harbour Bridge from unknown date to 1932 as a Boilermaker in the workshops that is now Luna Park.

Married Lillian Marie Boxall in 1933 at Sydney, Registration Number: 5084/1933

Moved to Lygon Street, Carlton, Victoria shortly after the marriage due to Lillian wanting to be closer to her family. Kenneth hated Melbourne and often said it was one of the worst decisions he had made to move there.

Whilst in Carlton, sadly their first born child died of tuberculous. Lillian took the death very hard and they moved to 17 Overend Street, East Brunswick where Kenneth and the family (Kenneth Peter and Neil Franklin) remained until his death in 1963.

At the time of his death, Ken was employed as the Master Apprentice at Neils Motors, Humber Motor Dealers of South Melbourne.

Buried at Springvale botanical cemetery Victoria Cassia, Gate E, Niche 09


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