Mick McLeanMick McLeani(A14309 works by)
Mick McLean Irinjili; Mick McLean Irinyili)
Born:Established:yca.1888Simpson Desert,Far North South Australia,South Australia,;Died:Ceased: Aug 1977Port Augusta,Port Augusta area,Mid North South Australia,South Australia,
Heritage: Aboriginal; Aboriginal Wangganguru people; Aboriginal Aranda people
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Mick McLean was born around 1888 at the Pirlakaya well in the central Simpson Desert. He had a deep and broad-ranging knowledge of the Aboriginal mythology, songs, and languages of the north-east region of South Australia. McLean was the brother of Topsy McLean and a relation of Maudie Naylon Akawiljika (qq.v.).
For eight years (ca.1920-1928), McLean was a police tracker, based in Adelaide with the South Australian police. He also spent many years as head stockman on Stuart Creek Station.
(Source: Dixon and Duwell (eds) The Honey-Ant Men's Love Song and Other Aboriginal Song Poems, 1990)