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May 19 15

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Marches into Melbourne in 2016

by Glenda Dickson

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will march into Melbourne for the first time ever in February 2016 when more than 1200 performers will gather at Etihad Stadium.

This will be the fourth time that the Military Tattoo will leave Edinburgh in its 65 year history, but they will bring a full size replica of Edinburgh Castle with them!

REMT A2 POSTERTickets on Sale Monday 25 May 2015

For further information please visit:


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May 16 15

Robert Burns Scottish Festival – Camperdown, Victoria – June 2015

by Glenda Dickson

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Apr 5 15

Wodonga Cemetery, Victoria – Another McFarlane Found

by Glenda Dickson

Shortly after I published the post “Monumental Inscriptions – Australia and Beyond” about McFarlane graves in the Wodonga Cemetery in Victoria, I received notification from that another McFarlane grave inscription had been transcribed at that cemetery.  This email was sent automatically as I had registered on the website to receive such updates. On visiting the website I found the entry in the index:

McFarlane, Benjamin – 1943

Clicking through on this name I found a photo of a brass plaque and the inscription which gave Benjamin’s actual date of death (21 June 1943) and age (73). As luck would have it, for someone trying to find out more information, it also revealed the names and relationships of other family members:

“Husband of Sarah. Father of Frances, Lucy, Amy, George, Charles and Clifford”.

Obviously there are going to be a lot more grave inscriptions transcribed so I won’t be able to do a post on each new entry found.

May I suggest that you also visit  for more genealogical records relating to our Clan, including some headstone photographs.  Andrew Macfarlane, Genealogical Advisor to our Society, is the Administrator of this website.

In the Members Area of our own website there is also a document which identifies MacFarlane Graves in Dunbatonshire, Scotland, compiled by our Historical Researcher and Editor, Malcolm Lobban.

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Apr 5 15

Monumental Inscriptions – Australia and Beyond

by Glenda Dickson

A search today on showed up 9 graves with the surname McFarlane in the Wodonga Cemetery in Victoria. This represents the monumental inscriptions in this cemetery that have so far been photographed and transcribed by volunteers. In this particular cemetery there are currently 147 graves awaiting transcription. Anyone can volunteer to transcribe the data via their computer at home.

If any of the following names ring a bell in your family history, visit the website to view further details, including a photograph of the inscription, map showing the cemetery and GPS co-ordinates.

Note that the following list includes two females with the maiden name McFarlane, who are actually buried under the surname in brackets.

Mcfarlane, Alice  – 1938
Mcfarlane, Frederick Malcolm  – 1922
McFARLANE, Erskine William – 1970
McFARLANE, George 1895 – 1977
McFarlane, Charles – 1916
McFarlane, Emily Charlotte (Ellis) 1860 – 1953
McFarlane, Eskine William Charles 1884 – 1927
McFarlane, Mary Urquhart (Chauncey) 1898-1992

As the website name suggests, this online respository is aiming to transcribe more than a billion graves, worldwide.

Visit and have a look for yourself.

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Mar 5 15

Ringwood Highland Games, VIC – 29 March 2015

by Glenda Dickson

On Sunday, 29th March, 2015 the Ringwood Highland Games will be held at the East Ringwood Sports Ground, Corner Mt Dandenong Road and Dublin Road, East Ringwood, Victoria.

Gates open at 9am, the Grand Parade of the Clans will be at 1.20pm followed by the Official Opening at 1.30pm.

Activities include:

  • Scottish Country Dancing
  • Pipe Band Performances
  • Highland Dancing Premiership
  • Dog Flyball Competitions
  • Light/Heavy Games
  • Haggis Hurling / Welly Boot Throwing
  • Historical Scottish Martial Arts
  • Scottish Clan Tents
  • Children Animal Farm

The games will end on a high note with a gathering of massed pipe bands at 4.30pm.

For further information please visit the website:

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Mar 4 15

BRIGADOON at Bundanoon, NSW – 11 April 2015

by Glenda Dickson

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The 38th Annual Highland Gathering at Bundanoon, New South Wales will be held on 11th April 2015 – Rain, Hail or Shine!

For further information please visit the website:

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Feb 13 15

Mount Barker Highland Gathering, South Australia – Sunday 15th February, 2015

by Glenda Dickson

Join us at the CLAN MACFARLANE tent this Sunday (15th February)

Mount Barker Highland Gathering

Keith Stephenson Park

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Feb 10 15

Scots Day Out, Bendigo, Victoria – 14 February 2015

by Glenda Dickson

Scots Day OutThe 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 for further information.



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Jan 9 15

Preserving Our Clan Heritage

by Glenda Dickson

Ellan VhowThere is an island in the middle of Loch Lomond, Scotland that is known by various names: Elanvow, Ellan Vhow, Eilean A Vow, Island I Vow.

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:


Cellar or Dungeon EntranceUS 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: 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

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.

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Jan 4 15

Victorian Railways – A List of all Persons Employed in the Railway Service on the 31st January, 1884

by Glenda Dickson

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 under the tab Downloads, but please note that it is a huge file (90MB).


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