David McLELLAN 1839-1924
Mary ESLER ~1838-1891

Ayshire, Scotland & Co Antrim, Ireland; South Australia; Strathdownie, S-W Vic.; "Admella" Drik Drik, S-W Vic.; Mount Gambier, S-E South Australia

David McLELLAN b. 1839, Maybole, Ayrshire (Ayr), Scotland, son of David McLELLAN & Isabella WILLIAMSON, married twice, 9 children [7D 2S], d. 1924 "Admella" North-terrace, Mount Gambier, SA., buried in the Drik Drik cemetery, S-W Victoria.

Mary ESLER b. ~1838, Co Antrim, Ireland, daughter of Alexander ESLER & Ellen Jane, arrived in Australia about 1858, was at Strathdownie East station when she married David McLELLAN in 1860. She died in 1891 at "Admella" Drik Drik, S-W Victoria and is buried in the Drik Drik cemetery.

David McLELLAN was a sailor, farm labourer, shearer & settler and a few key events in his and the lives of his spouses were...

  • ~1838 : Mary ESLER born Co Antrim, Ireland
  • 1839 : David McLELLAN born Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1851 : stowaway on ship from Scotland to Prussia
  • 1851-56 : apprentice sailor Scotland, Europe, North & South America, shipwrecked twice
  • 1857 : sailor on maiden voyage of the "Admella" from Scotland for Australia
  • 1858 : arrived Port Adelaide, South Australia as crew on the "Admella" from Scotland
  • 1858-59 : worked as crew member on a River Murray paddle steamer
  • 1859 : the Capt. of the "Admella" offered him his old crew position, he turned it down, the "Admella" was wrecked at Carpenters' Rocks two months later with considerable loss of life. "Admella" web site external link.
  • 1859 : walked from Robe, S-E SA to Hugh McEACHERN's "Heathfield" station in S-W Victoria.
  • 1859-65 : worked for William McEACHERN at his "Strathdownie East" station.
  • 1860 : David McLELLAN and Mary ESLER married at "Strathdownie East" station.
  • 1863 : Olga Wanda Von ALPEN born Lyndoch, SA, later (1902) married David McLELLAN in Mount Gambier, SA
  • 1866 : settled on land at Drik Drik, S-W Victoria, named his property "Admella"
  • 1866>> : shearing on stations to make money to develop his own land
  • 1891 : 1st wife died and buried at Drik Drik, S-W Victoria
  • 1902 : David McLELLAN married again to Olga Wanda Von ALPEN in Mount Gambier, SA
  • 1921 : David McLELLAN's autobiography summaries in 3 editions of the "Border Watch"Olga Wanda Von ALPENaper at Mount Gambier, SA
  • 1924 : David McLELLAN died at his residence "Admella" North-terrace, Mount Gambier, S-E SA, buried Drik Drik cemetery, S-W Victoria.
  • 1951 : Olga Wanda McLELLAN (nee von ALPEN), 2nd wife of David McLELLAN died at Mount Gambier, S-E SA.

David McLELLAN & Mary ESLER had the following family:

  1. Ellen Esler McLELLAN, b. 1861, "Pieracle" station, Dartmoor-Digby, S-W Vic, d. 1943, Red Cliffs, Vic., m. 1886 Dr Thomas SHANESSY ~1862-1957.
  2. Isabella "Belle" McLELLAN, b. 1864, Drik Drik, S-W Vic, d. 1955, Rosedale, Gippsland, Vic., m. 1890 George Osborn HAWTIN ~1868-1936.

    David Esler McLELLAN, b. 1865, Drik Drik, S-W Vic, d. 1937, Melbourne, Vic., m. 1892 to Charlotte Eliza JONES 1867-1932.

    Mary Jane McLELLAN, b. 1867, Drik Drik, S-W Vic, d. 1930, Melbourne, Vic., single.

    Susan McLELLAN, b. 1869, Drik Drik, S-W Vic, d. 1963, Hamilton, S-W Vic, m. 1889 to George BARR 1860-1944.

    Flora Ann McQueen McLELLAN, b. ~1871, Drik Drik, S-W Vic, d. 1924, Melbourne, Vic., m. 1894 at "Admella" Drik Drik tp James Robbie MATHERS 1867-1945.

    Catherine Esler McLELLAN, b. ~1873, Drik Drik, S-W Vic, d. 1939, Mullewa, near Geraldton, WA., m. 1907 to James Henry "Jim" TURLEY 1876-1959.

    7th daughter McLELLAN, b. abt 1875, Drik Drik, S-W Vic, ......................?

    Alexander Esler McLELLAN, b. 1878, Dartmoor, S-W Vic, d. 1952, Melbourne, Vic., m1. 1902 to Riverina Masden HEALES 1885-?, m2. Susan REID 1878-1971.

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