November 2011

A Great Story written by a Great Man

Content by: Ray MacRae

This is a book you might enjoy reading. It can be ordered from any book shop in Australia from distributor Peribo.

Written by John Rowland DSO, DFC Squadron Leader.

To read John is a pleasure and he is a wonderful story teller.

John flew Hectors, Halifax, and Lancasters. His first flight was in 1940 over Dunkirk. Quite a few Australians flew in his squadron helping in the great struggle.

After the war John joined B.O.A.C as a civillian pilot, but I will let John tell the story. How and where to get the book is on the picture below.

Quarterly Meeting Clan MacRae Nov. 2011

I travelled to Sydney with our President Alan McRae to attend our regular quarterly Clan MacRae meeting held in Sydney at the home of Sue Catterall, in the lovely suburb of Wahroonga on Wednesday 16th November 2011

The day began at 12noon with greetings and the introduction of our special guest Mary (Toni) McRae who had come all the way from Queensland to address our meeting.

Toni is planning to write a book about the history of the MacRae family in England some one hundred years ago. The family were a family of Medical Doctors over several generations. Toni has been researching the book for several years and is convinced that “Jack the Ripper” is one of these doctors. I look forward to reading her book and seeing the research come to life.

Clan MacRae attends the Canberra Highland Gathering October 2011

Content by: Alan K. McRae

The Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand attended the Highland Gathering which was held in conjunction with the Pipe Band Championships in Canberra on Saturday 8th October, 2011. An event of this type had not been held in Canberra for 30 years. With the Clans invited it was an ideal opportunity for Clan MacRae to be represented on the day as we don't have many opportunities to meet fellow clansfolk in this area.

The day dawned in Canberra promising a few showers which held off really until the end of the day though there were some ominous cloud formations and some apprehensive glances at the sky. It was held on the oval opposite the Burns’ Club in Kett St, Kambah.  The Kambah District Playing Fields proved a great venue where fourteen Clans set up their marques and tents, including the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand. The Scottish Australian Heritage Council and Scottish House also attended with everyone providing information to their Clans.