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Private Thomas McLean (c.1800........)


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  • Born : c.1810
  • Where Born : Ballymona
  • Occupation : labourer / Soldier
  • Date Arrived : July 1837
  • Ship Arrived on : HMS Blenheim
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 4th January 1831
  • Where Enlisted : Ireland
  • Regimental # : 723
  • Date of Discharge : 31 July 1849
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 25 April 1874
  • Where Died / Buried : unmarked grave in Shortland Cemetery
  • Parents Names : 1824
  • Spouse's Name : Ellen Gorman
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  • Date Arrived : July 1837
  • Ship Arrived on : HMS Blenheim
  • Died : 28 Jan 1884
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    1 . William McLean born 08 September 1833 in Buttevant, Co Cork, Ireland
    2 . Thomas McLean was born 1843 in England / Ireland, and died 01 January 1913 in Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand. He married Sarah Coldicutt 12 August 1874 in Thames, New Zealand, daughter of John Coldicutt and Lucy Stokes. She was born 21 July 1853 in Thames, New Zealand, and died 12 June 1939 in Infirmary, Auckland, New Zealand.
    3. *James McCLean was born 19 December 1854 in Mourangi/ Mahurangi / Maungarei, Auckland, New Zealand, and died 13 April 1936 in 13 Wood Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand. He married *Rose Neal 29 May 1889 in Registry Office, Auckland, New Zealand, daughter of *Moses Neal and *Sarah Hewson. She was born 1873 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England, and died 30 January 1948 in 13 Wood Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand.
    4. Sarah O'Lean
    5. James McCLean

    History & Achievements :

    Thomas appears on the initial pay list for the Chatham (Chatham is the Royal dockyards in Kent England) headquarters for the quarter "ended" 30 June 1843. The regiment then had an officer compliment of approximately 40 and a total strength of about 1100. There were 932 privates and 18 buglers, pipers and drummers. Thomas appears on these muster rolls as a private in Chatham, and he left England on the ship the "Lord of Auckland" a 628-ton Jardine on 17 June 1844 with 236 male prisoners on board. I can only assume that they went to Norfolk Island or some other penal colony, as they did not land in Sydney until 5th Dec 1844. On finding out the length of this voyage I obtained copies of the Muster Rolls for the Quarter pay List for Oct 1844 to 31 Dec 1844, the Pay was issued in Parramatta Australia and lists the payment of 1700 privates for a detachment that was on Norfolk Island on Dec 22 1844. Judging from the Muster information it records that Thomas went from Chatham to Sydney - he was in Sydney for 2 Musters then in the 3rd Muster he is on Norfolk Island, there appears a note which reads "Lord Auckland" paid in England to 24 October 1844 in full ration 21 Nov, 5 shillings Diem (per day). This shows that he would of sailed from Norfolk Island to Sydney.
    The Muster Rolls of the quarterly Pay List dated for the period form the 1st of July 1845 to the 30th of September 1845 list Thomas as serving in the Bay of Islands, he was paid 30 days ordinary pay.
    On 14 October 1845 Ellen gave birth to a son they named James in Auckland, Ellen was called Ellana Gorman and Thomas is registered as Thomas MCKlane, once again indicating that the couple could not read or write. This record was found in the Archives of the St Patrick's Catholic Church baptism records in Auckland.

    On 05 December 1846 Thomas and the 58th returned to Australia on board the ship the Java, however, between June and September 1847 the troops were all sent back to New Zealand including those who had earlier remained in NSW.

    William served along side his father until Thomas took his discharge 31 July 1849 receiving gratuity of 12-dium pay. In his discharge notes it says "Service manifest started 14 July 1829" I don't know if this refers to the start of Thomas's service or of the start of the manifest. I think he was discharged because of ill health or an injury as in 1848 Thomas was in Hospital in the December for a month.

    William - his regimental # 2317, took his discharge "free and clear" on 31 October 1858. Some of the members of the regiment had to buy their way out, but because the 58th were leaving they more than likely allowed troops to discharge here in NZ. In the years that William served, the 58th sailed back and forth to England and Australia/New Zealand many times, I found that William disappeared off of Roll that included Thomas so I can only assume he was temporarily used in the service of another regiment or at sea.
    William fell ill and in 1872 on December the 1st he died of cancer of the stomach in the Thames Hospital on Mary Street. He is buried in the Shortland Cemetery, in an unmarked grave.

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