Burial register ID: 10272
First name: JOHN
Middle names:
Gender: Male
Age: 80 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 01-Sep-1906
Date of burial: 02-Sep-1906

Block: 191
Plot: 81

Bio contributor:

John McLennan (c.1826-1906)

John McLennan was born in Scotland c.1826 and emigrated to Australia on the Ben Nevis in 1853. After marrying Mary Cameron in Victoria, Australia, in 1856 he was attracted to Otago by the goldfields but, being unsuccessful, he returned to Victoria.

Making a second trip to Otago on the Empress of the Seas in the mid 1860s, McLennan and his family lived in a tent in the Town Belt upon their arrival, later purchasing a block of land in Maori Hill. The 1874/1875 Roslyn Electoral Roll indicates that McLennan owned five sections and a house in Maori Hill. This land was centered on what is now Brownville Crescent where McLennan lived, and included the land on Highgate between Brownville Crescent and Spylaw Street. Subdivided in 1875 and 1876 this land became McLennan Township.

John McLennan was one of the founding members of the Dunedin Gaelic Society. He took a keen interest in local matters but, according to his obituary, did not seek election or prominence in any way, having a retiring disposition.

The McLennans had a family of seven children, all of whom, except one, built their homes in close proximity to their parents.

John McLennan died at Maori Hill on 30 August 1906.

Reference: Above the Belt: a History of the suburb of Maori Hill by Jane Smallfield and Brian Heenan (for the Maori Hill Charitable Trust), Otago Uni Print 2006.

There are 8 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
MCLENNAN ALEXANDER 53 Years 09-May-1923 10-May-1923
MCLENNAN ANDREW 22 Years 14-Mar-1894 16-Mar-1894
MCLENNAN ANNIE 87 Years 08-Feb-1955 10-Feb-1955
MCLENNAN BABY 0 Days 03-Apr-1906 05-Apr-1906
MCLENNAN DUNCAN ANDREW 79 Years 22-Jul-1942 23-Jul-1942
MCLENNAN JOHN 80 Years 01-Sep-1906 02-Sep-1906
MCLENNAN JOHN ALEXANDER 57 Years 24-May-1956 28-May-1956
MCLENNAN MARY 70 Years 27-Mar-1904 29-Mar-1904