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Mar 1 16

MacFarlane’s Lantern – March 2016 now available

by Glenda Dickson

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.

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Feb 14 16

Highland Dancing Championship – March 26 & 27, 2016 – Adelaide, South Australia

by Glenda Dickson

Champion of Champions

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:

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Feb 12 16

Scots Day Out (Bendigo, Victoria) – Saturday 13 February, 2016

by Glenda Dickson

The Face of a Braveheart

A fabulous day out is to be had for one and all in Bendigo, Victoria on Saturday, 13 February, 2016. Watch the colourful parade of pipe bands, clans and dancers down historic View Street at 10am and then wander down to shady Rosalind Park where you will find Scottish stalls, clan tents and a fantastic programme of events.

As well as the opportunity to have your face painted Braveheart style, you and your family can join in the Kerbieball World Championship, enjoy a Clydesdale wagon ride, see a demonstration of swordcraft and even have a lesson in Gaelic. There will also be Celtic music and singing and performances by Sing Australia Bendigo Choir and the Emu Creek Bush Band. Pop-up small pipe performances will also appear around Rosalind Park throughout the day.

From 11am the Central Victorian Highland Dancing Classic will take place on the dancers’ stage, the pipe band competition and recitals will be in the Band Arena, and the children’s activities also commence.

The My Scottish Kitchen Challenge for the best Athol Brose and Shortbread will be judged during the luncheon break (around 1pm) in the area adjacent to the Band Arena.

At 4pm get ready for the Grand Finale, which includes The Dashin’ Kilts (the 200 metre Rosalind Park Dash), Judging of the Braveheart Award, best Scottish Dressed patron and performances by the massed pipes and drums, and highland dancers.

In the evening stroll across to the Metropolitan (Cnr. Hargreaves & Bull Streets) for a meal and to listen to Celtic songstress Imogen Brough who will be performing from 6pm-8.30pm.

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Jul 30 15

The Scottish Influence on the Ballarat Goldfields

by Glenda Dickson

The Scottish Ancestry Group, a service group of The Genealogical Society of Victoria, Inc., together with the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society, Inc., are holding a seminar “Exploring Your Scottish Ancestry and its influence on the Ballarat Goldfields, details as follows:

15 Aug 2015

Central Highlands Regional Library,  Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria


Scottish Cultural Influence in the Ballarat Goldfields
– Malcolm Horsburgh

ScotlandsPeople: The official website for Church & Civil BMDs, Wills & Testaments, Census and Heraldry
– Joy Roy, FGSV

The Statistical Account of Scotland 1790 and 1845: the Social and Living Conditions of our Ancestors
– Margaret McLaren & Joy Roy

Scottish Convicts: Trials, Transportation and life in the Penal Colony
– Susan McLean

Morning and afternoon tea provided

Cost:  $30:00

For further details and bookings please visit:

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Jun 22 15

Kilmore Celtic Festival, Victoria 27-28th June 2015

by Glenda Dickson

A4 Calling Scots

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Jun 20 15

The Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan – The Scots Church, Melbourne VIC – 5 July 2015

by Glenda Dickson

The 1st of July is regarded by Scots in Australia as Tartan Day as this was the day in 1782 when the British Government lifted the ban on the wearing of Scottish Highland dress that had been put in place after the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

For many years the Scottish fraternity in Victoria has commemorated this event by holding their annual Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan service on the first Sunday in July at the Scots Church in Collins Street, Melbourne. Representatives of various Scottish Clans are piped in to the kirk (church) to present their tartans and some members also participate in the service using the Scottish Gaelic language.

Wear some tartan and join in the commemorations this year at 11am on Sunday 5th July.


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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

Robert Burns Scottish Festival_Social Media May 2015

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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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