- Born: 13 Oct 1855, Adelaide, South Australia
- Marriage: MANHIRE, Mary Ellen on 26 May 1881 in Res of Richard Manhire, Kapunda, South Australia
- Died: 20 Aug 1939, Adelaide, South Australia at age 83
South Australian Births - Index of Registrations 1842 - 1906
"McLAREN John (M) 13 Oct 1855 Adelaide dist Ade par Peter McLAREN & Mary DOW b5 p232".
Biographical Index of South Australians 1836 -1885
"Mc LAREN John par Peter and Mary nee Dow b:1855 Adelaide SA d: after 1881 occ: Stock and Station agent. Councillor res: Kapunda, Burra m: Mary Ellen nee MANHIRE par: Richard and Mary nee WILLIAMS b:1857 SA d:1950 Unley Sa ch: May Walker, 4 daus, 2 sons".
Extracts from the Burra Record relating to the Walker Family - compiled by Eric Fuss
Redruth Court, 18 December.
Richard Austin20/- + 10/-Not cutting star thistles
John Cockrum10/- + 10/-Not cutting star thistles
W.A. Rabbich & Sons, Thomas Williams and J. McLaren each fined
2/6 per animal + 10/- costs for stray cattle and horses
29 Aug. 1939, page 2
"Obituary. John McLaren died 20 August at a private hospital in Adelaide aged 83. He was the husband of Mary Ellen McLaren of 17 Robert St North Unley and late of Burra. He is survived by five daughters and two sons: Ailsa Mrs R. Galle, May Mrs O.G. Walker, Nellie Mrs T. Kidman, Jean Mrs Richards (England), Miss Marjorie McLaren, A.D. [Alister Dow] McLaren & C.R. [Colin Roy] McLaren. There are 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. [See extended obituary 60, 36, 5 Sep. 1939, page 4.]"
5 Sep. 1939, page 4
"Obituary. John McLaren who died recently was a well-known resident of Burra for 30 years. He was born in Adelaide in 1855 soon after his parents had arrived from Comrie in Scotland. His father, Peter McLaren was a building contractor who started business in Kapunda. John McLaren spent his early life there. At the age of 29 in 1884 he began in the stock and auctioneering business with Sir Jenkin Coles and later was employed by Messrs Goodchild, Duff & Co. In 1885 he started business in Burra, but returned to Kapunda in 1887. In 1890 he took over the management of Bagot, Shakes & Lewis in Burra and continued there after their amalgamation with Goldsbrough, Mort & Co. until 1920 when he retired to Adelaide.* In Burra he took a keen interest in civic matters and occupied a seat on the Town Council for a number of years and was Mayor for a long period. [He was Councillor for East Ward from December 1897 to November 1901 and Mayor from December 1910 to November 1913.] He was secretary of the Burra Show Society for some years and in his youth was a cricketer. We understand he was a foundation member of the Burra Bowling Club. He was renowned as a man of strict integrity. [Born 13 October 1855 Adelaide: died 20 August 1939 Adelaide, residence North Unley.]
[*Note that the papers for 1920 say he was transferred to Adelaide rather than he retired to Adelaide, though he was 65 and may have retired then or soon afterwards. The amalgamation of Bagot, Shakes and Lewis took place some time after the death of John Lewis in 1923.]"
John married Mary Ellen MANHIRE, daughter of Richard MANHIRE and Mary WILLIAMS, on 26 May 1881 in Res of Richard Manhire, Kapunda, South Australia. (Mary Ellen MANHIRE was born circa 1857 in South Australia and died circa 1950 in Unley, South Australia.)
South Australian Marriages - Index of Registraions 1842-1916
"MAC LAREN John 24y S (f Peter MAC LAREN) m 26 May 1881 MANHIRE Mary Ellen 23y S (f Richard MANHIRE) at Res of Richard Manhire (Kapunda) dist Kap b127 p738".