John Lean

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John Lean was born in Cornwall, England. He married Eliza Pascoe who was also born in Cornwall, England. At the age of 14 Eliza arrived in Australia with her parents on the Blue Jacket.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences

In the News

A remarkable woman, Mrs. John Lean, of Clunes will be the central figure of a gathering at Clunes on Monday, when her 91st birthday will be celebrated. Among the visitors will be her sons, Councillor Richard Lean, who is now Mayor of Clunes for the sixth time; Councillor John Lean, who has been thrice Major of Maryborough, and Councillor Arthur Lean, of Clunes.
Mrs. Lean, who was born in Cornwall, came to Australia with her parents in the sailing-ship Blue Jacket in 1859, when she was aged 14 years. The family followed the mining rushes for some time, mainly in the Ballarat district, and finally settled in Clunes. There she was married in 1863 to John Lean, a Cornishman, who had been present at the Eureka Stockade riots. They had five daughters and eight sons; two of them died in infancy, but all the others are still living. Mr. Lean died in 1920, aged 85 years.
The 73 years, ever since she was married, Mrs. Lean has resided in a cottage in Bath street, Clunes. She retains all her faculties and enjoys fair health. Her memories of the early days are interesting, and she takes a keen interest In present-day happenings. Mrs Lean is still able to sew and knit capably.[1]

The death has occurred of Mrs. Eliza Lean, of Clunes, aged 92 years. Mrs. Lean, who was born at Lannan (England), had lived in Clunes for 77 years. She is survived by seven sons and four daughters. [2]

BALLARAT, Sunday - Cr. Richard Lean, 66, of Clunes, who was struck by a car in Service St, on Wednesday night, died of his injuries yesterday. He was a native of Clunes, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Lean, early pioneers, and brother of Crs. A. Lean, of Clunes, and John Lean, of Maryborough. He was in business as a storekeeper for over 40 years, was the oldest member of Clunes Borough Council, and was 4 times Major in 30 years service. He was a member of Clunes Masonic Lodge for over 40 years, and a member of Clunes MUIOOF Lodge. Cr. Lean was actively associated with all public bodies. He leaves a widow. The funeral will take place at Clunes Cemetery at 2.30 on Monday. [3]

See also

Laura Hudson

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. The Argus, 4 July 1936.
  2. The Argus, 24 February 1938.
  3. The Argus, 16 June 1941.

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