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Sep 2 17


by Glenda Dickson

Our Society proudly supports
the Official MacFarlane DNA Project at Family Tree DNA

This is a surname project for those who are descended from a person bearing the surname MacFarlane (or any of the varied spellings), or someone with a Sept surname, within ten generations. It is open to both males and females and you do not have to be a member of ours, or any other Society in order to participate. It currently has more than 900 members, making it the largest and oldest project for these surnames. If you click on the banner above, you will be taken to the main page for joining the Project and purchasing a DNA Kit.  You may also follow the link through to The “MacFarlane Group” Project Website to find out further details on the project, or read more below. read more…

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Sep 1 17

September 2017 issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern is now available

by Glenda Dickson

The September 2017 issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern is now available to download from the Members Area. Please click on Membership Info in the main menu if you are interested in joining.

The feature story this issue concerns the MacFarlane pioneers of the Clarence River District in New South Wales, inspired by an article written by Duncan McFarlane (born 1849). Duncan’s ancestor arrived on the ‘British King’ which sailed from Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyllshire in 1838 as part of a government migration scheme.

In ‘Piping Times’ Jason Moore, our President/Clan Piper, reflects on the past three months and his involvement with the Adelaide Project Pipe Band There is also information on the MacFarlanes of Kirkton in ‘Root Lines’, and more words of wisdom from our beloved ‘Grannie Mac’. Calum Curamach also entertains us with ‘Stories frae Auld Scotia’.

Malcolm Lobban provides more research notes on Clan Chiefs and Barons, and also reveals his efforts to stay in touch with what is happening back in his native land, Dunbartonshire. Also presented are some interesting facts about other Clans. and our Secretary draws attention to our forthcoming Annual Clan Luncheon in October, and AGM in November.

The Secretary draws attention to our forthcoming Annual Clan Luncheon in October, and AGM in November and provides the third and final part of her article,’Travelling the Canning Stock Route, Western Australia’.


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Jun 1 17

June 2017 issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern is now available

by Glenda Dickson

The June issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern is now available to download from the Members Area. Please click on Membership Info in the main menu if you are interested in joining.

Allan McFarlane, his wife Margaret and thirteen children left their family home in Caithness, Scotland and arrived in Adelaide, South Australia in 1839 on the Superb and the family first settled in Mount Barker. Their family story features in this issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern (June 2017).

Editorial comment this issue relates to tartan and its detachment “from its original concept in the history of Gaeldom (Scottish Highlands)”.

You will also find an accurate transcription of a document entitled “1714 Address to King George I on his accession, bearing the signatures of 102 heritors and heads of clans”, the original of which is held in the National Museum of Scotland. We also bring to your notice a new Scots language website, ‘Wee Windaes’.

In ‘Jock Tamson’s Bairns’, Malcolm Lobban considers “those human characteristics which many of us so readily identify with our so-called ‘Scottishness’. ” While our President, Jason Moore, brings us up to date on the situation in South Australia for pipe bands wishing to compete.

We also continue on with Part 2 of ‘Travelling the Canning Stock Route, Western Australia’ by Glenda Dickson, which began in the March issue.

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Mar 5 17

51st Ringwood Highland Games, Victoria – Sunday, 26 March 2017

by Glenda Dickson

Ringwood Games Flyer 2017

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Mar 1 17

March issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern – now available

by Glenda Dickson
The March 2017 issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern is now available in the Members Area.
The feature article this issue (by Malcolm Lobban) commemorates the last battle fought in Great Britain, on Culloden Moor in 1746.
Other articles include a story about James McParland, a leading figure in the Pinkerton Detective Agency in the United States; ‘Kelpies, Kirkyards an’ A’ That! (Taking a wee look at some Scottish myths’; and finally, ‘Travelling the Canning Stock Route, Western Australia (Part 1)’.
In the President’s Report, there is an important message from Jason Moore about his plans for our Society to play a stronger role in promoting Scottish history and culture and to engage with the younger generation. Also, in ‘Piping Times’, Jason gives us an insight into what it is like to be a piper in a local pipe band in South Australia.
On the subject of Clan history, ‘MacFarlane Research Notes’ has some extracts from “the History of Stirlingshire” by William Nimmo, primarily concerned with a cadet branch of the Clan.
We also congratulate the winners of the National 505 Yachting Championship held in South Australia in January, revealing the connection with a well-known McFarlane boat builder.
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Jan 24 17

Australia Day 2017

by Glenda Dickson

All around Australia people will be celebrating Australia Day in their own way. Melbourne, however, will be the only capital city to hold a parade on the morning of the 26th January, 2017.

Between 11.00 am and 12 noon, a colourful procession of community and cultural groups will make their way down Swanston Street to be cheered on by spectators lining the street. Members of the Scottish community participating in the parade have been asked to meet at 9.30am on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets, Melbourne.

Others will celebrate with family or friends at home or perhaps at one of the many local community events, such as those listed on the Victorian government website

How will you spend Australia Day?

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Jan 23 17

Robert Burns’ Celebrations – Victoria

by Glenda Dickson

The Scots of Victoria website lists Scottish events in Victoria and amongst these are several Robert Burns celebrations.

  • The Mornington Peninsula Caledonian Society are holding a Burns Supper on Saturday, 28th January at the Mornington Golf Club.
  • Whilst the Robert Burns Club of Melbourne held a picnic at the Burns statue in the Treasury Gardens on Sunday (22 January), they also have a Burns Supper scheduled for Saturday, 4th February at the Glenroy RSL.
  • On Saturday, 18th February, the Brunswick Scottish Society will be holding their Annual Robert Burns Night at the Fleming Park Hall in Brunswick East.

For further information on these events, please visit

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Jan 23 17

Scots Day Out – Bendigo, Victoria

by Glenda Dickson

Visit for further information on the events planned for Bendigo’s, Scot’s Day Out, a free family event to be held on Saturday 11 February. Also, on the night before, highlights of the Edinburgh Short Film Festival will be shown at the Latrobe Visual Arts Centre (bookings required). On Sunday 12 February, visitors might like to join a heritage tour at the Bendigo Cemetery, to explore the graves of early Scottish settlers on the Bendigo goldfields.

Scots Day Out 2017

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Dec 22 16

Maryborough Highland Gathering 2017 – Victoria

by Glenda Dickson

highlandgatheringlogo_v4What a wonderful way to start the New Year. Maryborough Highland Gathering has been held on New Years Day every year since 1859 in the Victorian town of the same name. This year is no exception, with the event commencing at 11 am with a street parade. The parade leads to the main activity at Princes Park where Pipe Bands will put on displays (including Massed Pipe Bands), Highland Dancers will compete, and Highland Games will take place.

For more information contact the Maryborough Highland Society:

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Dec 1 16

The December 2016 Issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern is Now Available

by Glenda Dickson

The December issue of the Australian “MacFarlane’s Lantern” is now available in the Members Area, along with back issues.

In the well-researched article “Two McFarlane Tragedies” by Dr. Tony Stimson, we learn the fate of Alexander Dampier McFarlane and son Bruce, in South Australia.

In “Scotland and the Slave Trade”, Malcolm Lobban reveals that one of our own Clan  (Andrew MacFarlane, son of John MacFarlane, 8th Laird of Gartartan and Auchantroig) is listed among “the many slave masters and merchants that became multi-millionaires.”

Giving us some background information on his own family name, Lobban, Malcolm tells us that “The greatest concentration of the name Lobban (or Loban) is in the north-east counties of Scotland, particularly Banffshire and in upper Aberdeenshire.” Many families of that name also settled in Australia.

Ron Marsh reports on the Annual Joint Clan Luncheon held on October 23rd in Adelaide in which three clans participated – Clan MacFarlane, Clan Donald and Clan MacNeil. We also have details of our Annual General Meeting held on November 27th at which Jason Moore was elected our new President.

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