Report by Alan McRae, FAIHA, President, Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand
There was plenty of activity at 7am as the various Clans, stallholders and bands began set up their individual marquees for the fifth annual Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair. It was Saturday 10th October, 2015 and the day had arrived for the traditional Scottish Highland Gathering being held on Kambah Oval in Kett Street in Kambah. Canberra put on the most glorious weather though later in the day some rain could be seen falling on surrounding hills though none eventuated on Kambah Oval.
Alan McRae, President of Clan MacRae Society outside the marquee.
As usual Peter Sillis (McRae) arrived to bring our marquee and we were soon set-up with flags flying and the new signage in place. Thanks again Peter. In line with past years a display of MacRae family and Scottish artefacts, some going back some 600 years, was set up for visitors to see.
Allan Smith, Vice President of Clan MacRae Society with the MacRae banner
It wasn’t long before the various Clan representatives were called upon to get prepared for the Grand Parade which is traditionally part of the Opening Ceremony that commenced at 10.30am. Besides the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand, represented by Allan Smith Vice President, in the parade, the other Clans included Clan Cameron NSW Inc, Clan Buchanan, Clan Campbell Society NSW, Clan MacLennan, Clan Macpherson Association, Clan Lamont Society of Australia, Clan Farquharson Association Australia (NSW Branch), Clan MacNichol, Clan Johnston/e, Clan MacNeil, Scottish House Australia, Scottish Australian Heritage Council, Clan Munro, Clan Sutherland, Clan Gunn Society, Edmonstone Clan Society, Clan Lindsay Society of Australia, Clan Donald and Clan Gregor Society. Each Clan representative carries their individual tartan clan banners.