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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

The Hon. George McLean

The Hon. George McLean has been a member of the Legislative Council since the 19th of December, 1881. He was born at Elgin, Scotland, on the 10th of September, 1834, and is a son of Mr. James McLean and Jane Proctor his wife. In 1851 he arrived in Australia, and was engaged in the Colonial Bank of Australia, and afterwards in the Oriental Bank Corporation. Eleven years later he came to New Zealand, to fill the position of manager of the Dunedin branch of the Bank of New Zealand. Mr. McLean entered political life as a member of the Otago Provincial Council, in which he became Provincial Treasurer. He was elected to the House of Representatives as member for Waikouaiti in 1871, and for ten years he represented that electorate; and was a member of the Vogel and Atkinson Administrations, holding the portfolios of Commissioner of Customs, Postmaster-General and Commissioner of Telegraphs, and Commissioner of Trade. Mr. McLean has been largely identified with commerce and important colonial institutions. He was Chairman of Directors of the Colonial Bank of New Zealand, and has held a similar position in the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand since its inauguration. In 1867 Mr. McLean married a daughter of the late Hon Matthew Holmes, sometime of “Castle Rock,” Southland, “Awamoa,” near Oamaru, and latterly of Wellington, and has one son and five daughters.

Hon. G. McLean.

Hon. G. McLean.