Series 9 - Letters written to Donald McLean by family members

This series comprises letters to McLean from his wife, siblings, son and other relatives. It includes letters from his wife Susan (who died giving birth to their only child, Douglas), - Douglas, and his father-in-law, Robert Strang. Other letters are from Donald McLean's siblings Catherine, Annabella, John, Archibald and Alexander.

McLean enjoyed the role of family patriarch and encouraged his siblings back in Scotland to join him in New Zealand. Archibald and Alexander helped him run the Hawke's Bay estates, and at various times Catherine (before her marriage to Robert Hart) and Annabella helped maintain his domestic establishments and look after Douglas.

Some of the letters have been transcribed either by Turnbull Library staff in the 1950s or, in 2007-2008, by Marsha Donaldson. These transcriptions have been included with the digitised letters and are fully searchable.

McLean's letters received by these family members are not included here. They are held as part of the related group of McLean family papers (MS-Group-1556) and have not yet been digitised.

There are 1,204 items in this series, of which 554 have been transcribed.

Photograph of Robert Strang and Douglas McLean , ca 1860

This photograph shows McLean's son, Douglas, with Robert Strang, Douglas' grandfather.

Photograph of Robert Strang and Douglas McLean , ca 1860. 1/2-066877-F
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