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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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Nov 3 16

Kirkin’ of the Tartan Service, Adelaide, South Australia – 13 November 2016

by Glenda Dickson

The Scottish Assocations of South Australia Inc. welcome all to attend the annual Kirkin’ of the Tartan service to be celebrated at St Andrew’s Anglican Church (Cnr. Church Terrace and Fuller Streets, Walkerville) on Sunday 13th November, 2016 commencing at 9.30am. For further details please click on the link below.


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Oct 18 16

Scottish Radio Program – Melbourne 3ZZZ 92.3FM

by Glenda Dickson

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 for up to seven days following the broadcast.

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Oct 18 16

Annual Combined Clan Luncheon – Adelaide SA – 23 October 2016

by Glenda Dickson

A reminder to all members and friends of Clan Donald, Clan MacNeill and Clan MacFarlane, that a combined Clan luncheon is to be held at the Fogular Furlan Centre, 69 Briar Road, Felixstow, South Australia on Sunday, 23 October, 2016 from 12 noon. Bookings required.


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Sep 1 16

The September 2016 Issue of the Australian “MacFarlane’s Lantern” is Now Available

by Glenda Dickson

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.

The feature article this issue explains the many facts and fallacies that surround Highland culture. There is also a story of “Wee Peter”, a statue in the bay on the western shore of Loch Lomond. Feedback has been received on the article in the last issue on Mount Barker (SA) pioneer settler, Lachlan Macfarlan which you can read about in “Root Lines”.

Please feel free to make comments via the website, or by email to the Editor.

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Jun 29 16

Celtic Music Extravaganza – 16 & 17 July 2016 – Moss Vale and Windsor, NSW

by Glenda Dickson
HAWKESBURY NEPEAN VALLEY PIPE BAND will be again performing in concert with Douglas McFarland’s DOWN UNDER THE KILT highland dancers on two dates this July:
Saturday 16th July – 2:30pm show at Moss Vale Services Club
Sunday 17th July – 3:00pm show at Windsor RSL Club
Tickets are available directly from each venue or from OZTIX at
or call 1300 762 545.
Ticket prices: Adults – $30, Pensioners and club members – $20, Under 18 – $15.
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Jun 18 16

July 3 – Brighton, Victoria – Performance of 18th century Scottish music with a botanical theme

by Glenda Dickson

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




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Jun 17 16

Free online course – Learn about the life and works of Robert Burns

by Glenda Dickson

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.


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May 31 16

June 2016 Issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern Now Available

by Glenda Dickson

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’.

Please feel free to make comments via the website, or by email to


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Apr 25 16

ANZAC Day 2016 – Do you have a family story about war service to share?

by Glenda Dickson

Private A.L. McFarlane

Private A.L. McFarlane

Today, 25th April, 2016 ANZAC Day commemorations are taking place around Austraia and overseas. As a society we collect, preserve and share the family history of ‘MacFarlanes’ (various spellings and sept names included) via our newsletter, “MacFarlane’s Lantern”. Stories of war service often feature in articles published, one of which was in Issue No. 131 (September, 2014). This article was in honour of Private Albert Leslie (Les) McFarlane (from Bairnsdale, Victoria) who kept a diary of his experiences on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The following snippet gives some indication of what Les experienced.

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

We are interested in hearing from other families who would like to share their story. Please contact the Secretary for further information:

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