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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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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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