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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square A3

Quilt square A3


T P. McLean


Alternative transcription: P. McLean or P. M Lean


The person represented on this square is most likely Thomas Percy McLean (1879-1951). Percy, as he was called, was second son of Thomas Hicks McLean (c.1843-1918), Mayor of Northcote Borough Council, 1895 to 1897. His mother was Margaret Ross McLean, née Morrison (c.1847-1925).

Further information

Cr McLean and his wife Margaret had six children. Their eldest son, Samuel Edgar, is represented in [A1]. For details of TH McLean and the McLean family see [B2].

Percy grew up in Northcote and joined the family tannery. The 1903 Australian Electoral Roll shows the McLean household then consisted of Thomas Hicks (leather merchant) and his wife Margaret Ross (home duties) with Malcolm James (tanner), Robert Alexander (banker) and Thomas Percy (tanner).

By 1906 Percy and his brothers Malcolm, Edgar, (Cecil) John and Robert had moved to western Victoria and were farming at Buangor. Their parents soon joined them at their property Woodside.

In 1908 Percy moved to Western Australia and married Catherine Lewis (1874-1924). They had three children: Margaret, Nina and Ronald. He is listed as a farmer at Hazeldean, Wickepin, in the WA wheat belt region in the 1915 Australian Electoral Roll and lived there until his death in 1951. He is buried in the Wickepin Cemetery.


Thomas Percy McLean: BDMV 1144/1880, BDM WA 69/1951.

Thomas Hicks McLean: BDMV 11312/1918.

‘Thomas Hicks McLean Northcote Mayor 1895-7’, Darebin Heritage http://heritage.darebinlibraries.vic.gov.au/article/464 Viewed online 05.09.19.

Margaret Ross McLean: BDMV 4223/1925.

‘Thomas Percy McLean’, 1903 Australian Electoral Roll, Division of Bourke.

‘Thomas Percy McLean’, 1906 Australian Electoral Roll, Division of Grampians.

‘Thomas Percy McLean’, 81908 Australian Electoral Roll, Division of Grampians.

Catherine Lewis: BDM WA 582/1908.

‘Catherine McLean’, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187433541 Viewed online 18.09.19.

‘Thomas Percy McLean’, ‘https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187414008 Viewed online 18.09.19.

Comments by visitors:

Thomas Percy was married twice, first to Catherine McLean (née Lewis). They had one child together, Margaret Jean McLean. Following Catherine’s death in 1924, he married Kate (Kitty) Maria Christie in 1925 and they had two children together, Ronald James McLean & Nina Christie McLean. Kate passed away on 15 Jan 1987 & is also buried at Wickepin Cemetery.

Submitted on 20th May 2020 at 08:25 PM

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