3ZZZ 92.3FM, Melbourne’s only full time ethnic community radio station, has a Scottish Program which is prepared and presented by dedicated volunteers every Monday at 11pm for the benefit of the local Scottish community. Bev Tait, Convenor of the Scottish Program gives an indication of what listeners can expect:
“We present news and current affairs from home, broadcast the latest music, interview local and international performers, and promote local events, community organisations and services for Melbourne’s Scottish community. In addition to our local audience, we also have listeners tuning in through the website from all around the world.”
If the late hour of 11.00pm is not convenient, you can also access the program at 3zzz.com.au for up to seven days following the broadcast.
The September 2016 issue of the Australian MacFarlane’s Lantern (No. 139) is now available to download from the Members Area, along with back issues. If you are interested in becoming a member please see membership information or email the Secretary.
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Here is a great opportunity to attend a performance of Scottish baroque and traditional music by Evergreen Ensemble. This presentation is titled Airs For The Seasons named after the series of works written in 1747 by Scottish composer, James Oswald, each of which was named after a flower or plant.
The performers are Shane Lestideau (baroque violin and violin d’amore), Jess Foot (baroque oboe and violin), Rosanne Hunt (baroque cello) and Simon Rickard (baroque bassoon). Not only is Simon a renowned bassoonist, he is also a skilled horticulturalist. He will therefore also be providing some commentary during the program about the various botanical specimens represented.
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2016 – 2.15pm
Place:Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black Street, Brighton, Victoria
Duration: One Hour
Cost: $10 (under 18 free)
For further information please call (03) 9699 8417
You may have sung “Auld Lang Syne” as the clock ticked over into the New Year, or listened to the ode “To a Haggis” during a Burns Night celebration here in Australia, but how much do you actually know about the life of Robert Burns and his other notable works?
If you would like to learn more about the legacy of this 18th-century Scottish poet, take a look at Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy, which is a free online course run by the University of Glasgow. It begins on 18 July, 2016 and runs over a three-week period requiring only four hours of your time each week. All you need is an interest in Robert Burns – no previous experience or qualifications are necessary.
The June 2016 issue of the Australian MacFarlane’s Lantern (No. 138) is now available to download from the Members Area, along with back issues. Here you will also find a summary of the contents.
For the benefit of others who may be interested in joining, below are some of the highlights in the current issue.
- Our leading story in this issue concerns Lachlan MacFarlane of Oakfield, Mount Barker, South Australia (1806-1892), who came from the Buchanan parish on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond. Lachlan MacFarlane married a daughter of Mr Lubasch of Hahndorf. We would be pleased to hear from descendants of both the MacFarlane and Lubasch families.
- Next, part two of ‘Conflict at Glen Fruin 1603’ is published.
- We also have Billy Scobie, local writer/historian from Dunbartonshire, to thank for sending the article on the Loch Lomond Bell.
- In Root Lines we publish more about the MacFarlane settlers at Broken River, Victoria including family tree information on seven generations from Blair Atholl, Perthshire (c.1722) to Benalla, Victoria (c.1946) in the hope that it might open up new discussion on this MacFarlane family in Australia.
- There is also an article on the sept name ‘Miller’ which, in Scotland, appears to be more commonly spelled ‘Millar’.
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THURSDAY 5TH AUGUST 1915 ANZAC (Assault on Lone Pine)
(Sic) “Spent the day in the trenches With (no) food or tea, just had our water bottles which have to last us 48 hours. Shells are flying about in every direction and a continuous rifle fire is kept. The Turks are entrenched about 15 yd to 450yd? Aeroplanes are continually flying over us and dropping bombs. Stan and I are split up. Went to sleep close to the firing line as supports.”
The soldier Stan, referred to in the above passage, was Les’s mate, Private Edward Stanley Burt. Although both men returned home from the war, Stan passed away in 1919, whereas Les lived until 1973.
If you would like to read the full article please click here Snippets from WWI diary of Pte. A.L. McFarlane as published in MacFarlane’s Lantern No. 131
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The March 2016 issue of the Australian MacFarlane’s Lantern is now available to download in the Members Area, along with back issues. Here you will also find a summary of the contents.
For the benefit of others who may be interested in joining, below is a brief summary.
The current issue opens with the feature article Conflict in Glen Fruin, 1603 – Part One in which Malcolm Lobban tells of turbulent times in ‘The Glen of Sorrow’. King Arthur is the subject of Legendary Tales of Auld Scotia, whilst Gaels in Exile explores the connection between Highlanders and North America. In Eighteenth Century Quango? Malcolm describes the aftermath of the 1715-19 Jacobite Rising.
Clan MacFarlane Australia are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring a Trophy Dance at this premier Australian biennial event to be held on March 26 & 27, 2016. Scottish highland dancers will be coming from all over the world for the chance to compete together in Adelaide to become the Champion of Champions of Australia. Venue: Priceline (Netball SA) Stadium, Railway Terrace, Mile End.
For further information please visit: www.scots-sa.org.au