Join us at the CLAN MACFARLANE tent this Sunday (15th February)
Mount Barker Highland Gathering
Keith Stephenson Park
MOUNT BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Scots Day Out in Bendigo commences with a street parade at 10am. There will be Scottish stalls, clan tents, celtic performances, highland dancing competitions and activities for the children. The finale at 4.30pm is the Dash’n’Kilts run over 200 metres.
Check out this great video clip
and/or visit www.scotsdayout.com for further information.
On this very small uninhabited island lie the ruins of a MacFarlane castle. Built in 1577 by Andrew MacFarlane, hero of the Battle of Langside, and once the stronghold of the Clan, this castle had virtually disappeared amidst the overgrowth before the Ellan Vhow Preservation Fund (EVPF) came to the rescue. Below is a picture of the Cellar (Dungeon) entrance:
US high school student, Katherine McFarlin, is credited with having started this independent project under the supervision of local Scottish archaelogist, Fiona Baker. Many more people and organisations have now come to support this project. The Ellan Vhow Preservation Fund have their own website: http://islandivow.org which covers the history surrounding the castle and the island, updates on the status of the project, and also includes many facts, suppositions and myths surrounding the island. There are wonderful pictures including 3D images of the castle. The only way to visit this island is by boat and our Membership Secretary, Anita Renfrey, was privileged to do so on her trip to Scotland last year.
Preservation work on the island has been slow going due to a number of reasons, financial constraints, weather conditions, and even the need to consider the welfare of a resident bat population! We are pleased to report, however, that the project is now in its third stage but it does need help with donations to progress further.
Our Society has made a significant contribution to the funds, and our members have also responded previously to the call for donations, but hopefully there are many more donations forthcoming to help preserve our MacFarlane heritage. All donors are acknowledged on the EVPF website. If you are able to help, or would like further information please visit http://islandivow.org
We have also published information on this project previously in our quarterly newsletter, particulary an article with the same name as this in our December 2012 issue. A copy of this is available in the Members Area.
The Victorian Government Gazette (No. 64), published on Friday, May 23, 1884 lists all persons employed by the Victorian Railways on the 31st January, 1884.
The list includes the persons Name in Full, their Rank, Position or Grade, and the Branch they were employed in. There seem to be a great number of Scottish names on the list. Some names connected with our Clan are:
McFarland, Samuel – Clerk, Secretary’s Branch
McFarlane, Allan – Repairer, Engineers Branch
McFarlane, Daniel – Signalman, Traffic Branch
McFarlane, John – Lad, Engineers Branch
McFarlane, Thomas – Acting Porter, Traffic Branch
If any of these people are connected with your family, we would be pleased to hear from you.
The full Triennial List of Railway Employees 1884 – 1918 is available free from http://www.archivalaccessvictoria.com under the tab Downloads, but please note that it is a huge file (90MB).
This list covers loans dated between 1852 and 1854 and includes the date of the promissory note, name of head of the family, former residence, the ship they arrived by, and the amount due by the family.
To view the digitised record online at the State Library of Victoria, just click on the following link:
There is only one MACFARLANE listed:
Date of Promissory Note: May 17, 1852 – Name of Head of the Family: MacFarlane, Malcolm
Former Residence: Marishadder – Ship Arrived By: Arabian – Amount Due by Family: 31 pounds 2s 2d
In 2014 11 pipe bands and 17 clan societies and Scottish special interest groups were represented at the Gathering of the Clans at Norah Head in New South Wales, also the venue for the Central Coast National Highland Dancing Titles. However, in 2015 the organisers are hoping to also welcome more of our ‘Celtic Cousins’ (Asturian, Breton, Cornish, Galician, Irish, Manx and Welsh).
For further information please contact Gathering of the Clans
This is the headline for a story published on 11th November, Remembrance Day, about an ambitious project being carried out by a team of researchers at the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS). They are aiming to identify all of the Australian soldiers posing on the steps of this huge Egyptian pyramid shortly before they were shipped off to the battlegrounds of Gallipoli in 1915. Many of these men never returned home.
The men pictured were all from the original contingent of officers and men of the 11th Battalion A.I.F. who embarked Fremantle in Western Australia on the 31st October 1914 and joined the convoy from Albany destined for Egypt.
Of the 703 men in the photo, 200 have been identified so far (highlighted in colour in this version of the photograph). The team at WAGS need your help to try and identify the rest of the men by the centenary of the day the photograph was taken, 10th January 2015.
One of the men listed on the Nominal Roll for the 11th Battalion A.I.F. was an officer in A. Company – 2nd Lieutenant Archibald Henry MACFARLANE whose next of kin were from Perth, Western Australia.
ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO!
On Sunday 16 November 2014, the Immigration Museum will be hosting a special one-day community festival to mark the opening of a new community exhibition exploring Scottish migration to Victoria. It will be a colourful celebration of Scottish culture and traditions still practiced across the state. The festival will feature community performers, speakers, stalls, food, and other activities.
11am – 4pm
Entry $12 for adults, free for children and all concession holders (inc. seniors, students, carers etc.)
For further information please visit the Museum Victoria website:
or telephone 131102 (Victoria only) or (03) 9927 2700 (Australia Wide)
Immigration Museum, Old Customs House, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria