McLeods of Condah

2019 – Condah

6th April – Green Hills Hotel

This year’s event was about bringing to life the stories of the granddaughters of the original immigrants, Norman McLeod and Susan Stewart.

Why focus on the granddaughters?

We know something of the children of Norman McLeod and Susan Stewart but less of some of the grandchildren, especially the women. These women were born in the period 1878 – 1903. The choices available to them were limited in comparison to today. At the time of their birth it was possible for them to attend school. They could vote in Commonwealth elections after federation (1901) and in state elections from 1908 (provided they were 21). Women were admitted to universities in Australia from the late 1800s but of course the numbers attending were very low. Even by 1949 women made up less than 18% of undergraduates at university.

There are twenty granddaughters but only nine of them married. Has this anything to do with the time and conditions in which they came to marriageable age? Marriage was considered important for women at this time and their adult identities were largely forged through their husband if they married. What was it like to be unmarried (that horrible term a ‘spinster’)? Careers were not something woman had at that time. So what kind of lives did they have?

Maryanne Martin leading the discussion

Three stories were presented,

  1. Marion McLeod (1893 – 1969) by Ian McLeod,
  2. Susan McLeod (1885 – 1957) prepared by Elizabeth and read by David Hedger, and
  3. ‘Tot’ McCallum (1894 – 1974) by Maryanne Martin,

along with general discussion of the content. A five meter long chart of the descendants of Norman and Susan was also on display for the group to write on to correct or add details.

After lunch at the Green Hills the participants headed to Wallacedale via a back route down McCallum’s Road to view the location of Tot’s property. A stop was also made at Branxholme for coffee and “Scotty cake” (courtesy of Carolyn Hansen) before visiting the cemetery.

Site of Tot’s property on McCallums Road

Some of those attending brought bunches of flowers from their gardens to place on the graves of women from the morning’s conversations. Flowers were also put on the grave of Annie McLeod, the great aunt of Maryanne, Elizabeth and Michael, and also on the grave of Tot’s brother Rod’s granddaughter, Roslyn Nolte, who was killed in 1971 at age fifteen.

Tot McCallum’s grave at Branxholme


  • Informative discussion, lunch, touring the district where our descendants settled, afternoon tea (Scottie cake), dinner and farewell breakfast…. What a fantastic weekend with the McLeod extended clan. Thanks again Maryanne for organizing it…

  • Thanks to all the participants this year. I appreciate your support. Also those who participate via the FB group; it’s good to see you liking and commenting.
    2020 is ten years since we started so we need to do something extra special. We’d love to see some more of you there in 2020.

  • Marjorie Stancombe says:

    Hello Maryanne. Sorry we missed this years gathering. It sounded like a wonderful day.
    Hopefully we will be able to attend next year.
    Regards Marjorie (great granddaughter of Alexandrina McLeod )

  • Amanda Blohm says:

    During the corona virus lock down I’ve been doing some family history. I’m not a member of the McLeod family but I’ve been looking at the Malseed family and Sarah May (May) Malseed was born in 1888 in Victoria, she married Norman McLeod in 1909, and she died in 1957 – aged 69 (in Victoria).
    Norman McLeod was born in 1886 at Condah and he was the son of Roderick (Rory) McLeod and Elizabeth (Bessie) McLeod née Murchison.
    If you would like me to send you a copy of what I put together please let me know and I’ll forward it to you.
    Amanda Blohm

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