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MacVean, Alexander (1846–1926)

from Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW)

Alexander Macvean, n.d.

Alexander Macvean, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 March 1926

The death occurred yesterday at his home 'Lumeah,' Coleman Street, Wagga, of Mr. Alexander MacVean the age of 79 years. The late Mr. MacVean, who had been resident in this district since about 1910, had established a reputation for large hearted generosity in church aud public activities. He was widely known in pastoral circles, both at the Murray and the Murrumbidgee rivers. Born at Geelong, he, as a young man, came to the Murray and took up land embraced, in what is known as Howlong Station. He held the property for over 4o years, during which time stock from Howlong became well known in the Commonwealth markets. Mr. MacVean married a daughter of the Rev. David Ballantyne, who was the first Presbyterian minister in the Albury district. Ably seconded by his wife, Mr. and Mrs. MacVean at Howlong, came known far and wide for their hospitable treatment of neighbours and visitors. There was a family reared at Howlong of three daughters and three sons. When Howlong was subdivided the family came to the Wagga district, and in 1910 Mr. MacVean bought 'Deletroy,' near Tarcutta. Several members of his family also migrated to this district and are now recognised amongst our most respected settlers. Mr. MacVean later disposed of 'Deletroy' and purchased, "Bethungra Park' at one time the home of the Westmacotts and the Morrisons. From 'Bethungra Park' he went to Sunnyside, Lake Albert, and, disposing of that, he purchased 'Kooringal' which he subdivided a few years ago and then retired into private life at "Lumeah" in Coleman street. He was for several years an elder of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, where his name is held in high esteem for his many good works. In the strenuous years of the Great War all the Wagga patriotic funds had in him a generous and willing giver, while he was noted also for his generous assistance to all charitable movements, a feature of which was his unostentatious giving. He leaves a family of sons and daughters as follows:— 'Messrs. John MacVean, of "Glencoe" Ladysmith; David MacVean, of Wagga; William MacVean, of Coreinbob; Mrs. John Burnett, of Dobbs street, Wagga; Mrs. Robert Campbell, of 'Burnbank,' Coreinbob and Mrs. Leonard McKechnie, of St. Arnaud, Victoria.

The funeral will leave 'Lumeah,' today at 3 o'clock, for interment in the Presbyterian cemetery, Wagga.

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  • funeral, Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW), 18 February 1926, p 2

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'MacVean, Alexander (1846–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/macvean-alexander-656/text31150, accessed 23 January 2018.

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