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McLean Cairn

The McLean Memorial Cairn from a distance.It is a Scottish tradition to erect a mound of stones as a memorial or marker. This large cairn, constructed in 1934 using limestone boulders backed with concrete, commemorates Donald McLean, who arrived in Hawke's Bay in December 1850 to begin land-purchasing negotiations with local Maori.

McLean was active for 12 months, securing a total of 628,700 acres (254,623 hectares) for the Colonial Government.

Later he returned to Hawke's Bay to farm at Maraekakaho, southwest of Hastings. He was MP for Napier from 1866 to 1877 and was knighted in 1874.

In 1910, his only son Robert Douglas MacLean (who adopted the 'Mac' orthography, although his father more commonly spelled his name with the 'Mc') donated 10 acres for a public park in memory of his father.


The Honourable Sir Donald MacLean, KCMG Gorn Kilmaluag, Tyree, Scotland 25th October 1820 Died Napier, New Zealand 5th January 1877.

McLean Memorial Cairn images

McLean Memorial Cairn

In front of the approach to McLean Park, Latham Street, Napier.


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