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McBean, Alexander (1817–1903)

Our Kapunda correspondent wrote on February 2:—"Mr. Alexander McBean, of Baldon Station, near Truro, died at the Kapunda Hospital on Sunday, after a few days' illness. Deceased was 80 years of age, and resided for 50 years at Baldon. He was one of the pioneers of the district. He was a brother of the late Lachlan McBean, a New South Wales squatter. He leaves a widow and six children—three sons aud three daughters. The sons are Messrs. Lachlan McBean, of Mount Pleasant; Daniel McBean, of Fairlee Grange Station, Jerilderie, New South Wales; and Samuel McBean, of Baldon. The daughters are Mrs. Bailliere, of Woorooma West; Mrs. Stevenson, of Woorooma East; and Mrs. Kilpatrick of Cornalla, New South Wales. The deceased gentleman was born at Inverness, Scotland. Upon his arrival in South Australia, 50 years ago, with his wife and two children, he proceeded by bullock dray to Baldon, where he lived up till the time of his death. The late Mr. Lachlan McBean, owner of the station, handed over the management, and consequent hardships of those days, to deceased, who, thanks to a perfect constitution and a genius for 'roughing it,' proved himself a capable manager. All the country was open in the early days, and to muster cattle meant covering all "the intervening ground between Wentworth and Wellington. In drafting cattle he was very intrepid, and when in his prime had very few equals in the state. He was noted for his hospitality, and many people can boast of having had a good time at Baldon, including His Excellency the Governor, Lord Kinlore, who spent a week there once on a shooting expedition. The remains will be removed on Friday to Truro for interment."

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'McBean, Alexander (1817–1903)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mcbean-alexander-19570/text30915, accessed 30 January 2023.

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