March 2011

Lake Cargelligo MacRae's

Ewan MacRae was born possibly on the ship “William Nichol” or at Greendale on the Nepean River south of Penrith at Wallacia around 1838.

His father Farquhar and mother Barbara (McLennan) and family moved to Mittagong and took up land there.

Ewan married Susana Feathers or her name may have been Izzard, (that is a story in it self to be told later) and they moved to a property at Collingullie near Wagga and worked for the owners of “Berry Jerry”

During one of the rural reconstructions land was opened up around Lake Cargelligo and Ewan won some land. From what I can gather it was 640 acres + another 640 acres for each son of working age. The cost was 5shillings an acre but it must be fenced and worked in a limited time. Some trees took 2 good men 2 days to fell and then it had to be removed to allow farming to begin. They removed many thousands of trees; I guess there were not too many fat people those days.

My grandfather George was born in Collingullie in 1878 and they moved to the Lake in 1880. Ken the youngest was born when they arrived at the Lake; he was the last of the children. They had 6 boys and 4 girls. The girls names were Eliza, Susanna, Barbara and Ellen who did not marry.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae honoured on Canadian Bank Note

Content by: Alan K. McRae

My mother Iris Olive McRae always had a fascination for Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae as her father who fought in the Canadian Army had lost an arm in the First World War. Lieutenant-Colonel McCrae also served in

Belgium and France. She had an admiration and appreciation for the Army medical men and nurses and had a scrapbook with various newspaper cuttings relating to Army Physician John McCrae. Unfortunately my mum passed away before the “McCrae” note was issued. John McCrae was born in Guelph in Ontario in Canada on 30th November, 1872, and became a doctor before the outbreak of the Boer and First World Wars.     

The Bank of Canada note (right) featuring John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields” was the first in the new series of bank notes for use in Canada with the words appearing on the reverse of the note. The words include – “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow; Between the crosses, row on row; That mark our place, and in the sky; The larks, still bravely singing, fly; Scarce heard amid the guns below.” It is probably one of the most recognised First World War poems. 

The purple coloured ten dollar note was issued on 17th January, 2001, and was part of the series known as “Canadian Journey”. The reverse deign incorporates not only the poem but also a returned serviceman and maybe his two grandchildren standing beside him, memorial arch and other service personnel as well as white doves, a wreath of poppies along with a banner with “Lest We Forget” - all symbols of remembrance and peace. 

Peggy O'Neil

Peggy O’Neil

Raymond E MacRae 03.01.07

The July winter sun was drawing up the last of the mist from the pines early one morning as Peggy and I walked into the forest looking for a tree big enough to make a strainer post for the fence.

Ray's report Clan Gathering Katoomba

Kerry and Alan McRae with MarrigoldThe second of the Clan MacRae gatherings was held at Katoomba on Saturday 12th March, 2011, in honour of our overseas guests and was a great success.  We were very fortunate that Elma McRae had chosen a wonderful old style hotel in Katoomba for the function. This added to the atmosphere and made it a great experience as well as a great meeting of friends - old and new.

Some of us arrived at 11am and over the next hour and a half people arrived, warm greetings of old friends, until we were all gathered at 12.30pm for the lunch.

Our lunch was delicious, consisting of a pumpkin soup followed by a selection of fish, chicken, lamb with assorted sides and dressings to compliment your chosen fare.  The breads were a little different but very interesting and tasty.

The low voices during lunch conveyed interesting stories amongst the diners with occasional bursts of laughter. Convivial exchanges on all manner of topics. New friendships, and old ones renewed, and quite a few “You remember when”.

Farm Story Chapter 2

Content by: Ray MacRae

Chapter 2

Darryl walked back to the homestead measuring each step deep in thought when Fran called, your Dad's on the phone. That’s just what he needed to finish the week! an argument, with George, his Dad.  They could not see eye to eye on much at all, and even less these days.

Report on Armidale Clan MacRae Dinner

Alan McRae (left), Elma McRae and Max Browning

The largest gathering for some time of MacRaes, McRaes, McCraes, or one of the other dozens of ways to spell this name, gathered at the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club to welcome two special guests from Scotland, Mrs Marigold MacRae and her daughter Miranda, Baroness Van Lynden, Constable of Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.

Mrs Marigold MacRae is Life President of the Clan MacRae Society in the UK.