January 2017

2016 Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair Report

Report by Alan McRae, FAIHA, President, Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand

canberra-2016-1.jpgWith the gates opening at 6am there was certainly plenty of movement by 7am when we arrived. The numerous Clans, stallholders and bands were already beginning to set up their individual marquees and put out their signage, information, displays and wares for the sixth annual Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair. It was Saturday 8th October and a glorious day once again. With the rainfall over the previous weeks the venue was in a lush condition and just freshly mown. The day had arrived for the long awaited traditional Scottish Highland Gathering being held on Kambah Oval in Kett Street in Kambah in the ACT.

[Photo above, right] Members of the Clan MacRae Society outside our marquee holding the Eilean Donan Castle Saltire. L to R – Allan Smith, Roslyn and Colin MacRae, Peter Sillis, Mary Magdalene Sillis, Debra Sillis and Jenny Amey.  

canberra-2016-2.jpgOur local Canberra stalwart Peter Sillis (McRae) soon arrived with the marquee and we set about getting things in order. With Jenny Amey, Peter Sillis, Colin and Roslyn MacRae and myself we were soon set-up with the various flags flying and the Clan MacRae signage in place. Then came the various images of Eilean Donan Castle around the walls along with other MacRae information so we were soon ready for the onslaught of various MacRaes/McRaes and other visitors. The display of MacRae family and Scottish artefacts were also set up for the interest of the Mac Raes and various other visitors to see.

[Photo above, left] Allan Smith, Vice President of Clan MacRae Society with the Clan MacRae banner ready for the Opening Ceremony

Along with all the pipes and drums the Clan representatives marched up in front of the official guests. As part of the ceremony each Clan representative verbally acknowledges that they are in attendance at the Gathering before the several speeches begin.

Again the Chieftain of the Day was Mr Mick Gentleman MLA, Member for Brindabella and Minister in the ACT Government, and is currently Minister for Planning; Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations; Children and Young People; and Ageing. He does an excellent job and visits all the various Clan marquees. He extended his congratulations to the organisers on the ever enlarging event and all that had taken place since the event was re-established in 2011. He was impressed with the number of things happening on the grounds.

Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am

7th October 2017 (Saturday) - Once again the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand will have their clan marquee at the Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair which is taking place on Saturday 7th October.

The traditional Scottish Highland Gathering is being held at Kambah Oval in Kett Street, Kambah.

There is no charge to attend and it is open to the public from 10am to 5pm. Anyone who is a descendant of any MacRae/McRaes, no matter what the spelling, is welcome and encouraged to attend this interesting event and pay us a visit.

Aberdeen Highland Games

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 10:00am

1st July 2017 (Saturday) – the Clan MacRae marquee will be at the Aberdeen Highland Games at Aberdeen in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales. The event has become the town’s most spectacular event, drawing hundreds of people to the township every year to enjoy the festivities.

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

Event Date and Time: 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

1st June 2017 (Thursday) to 4th June (Sunday) - Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival – Wingham.

From Thursday 1st June 2017, visit the genealogy fair (tutorial and research);

Friday 2nd, poet’s breakfast, bus tour, baking competition, nine hole golf tournament, social bowls, Scot’s Family Night Out;

and on Saturday 3rd June, is the main festival and the Clan MacRae marquee will be all set up.

Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 10:00am

1st April 2017 (Saturday) the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand marquee will be at the fortieth anniversary, annual Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival.

This is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day. If you’re looking for the perfect family day out then head to Australia’s premier Scottish Highland Gathering – ‘Bundanoon is Brigadoon’ - Scotland, with a wee bit of Aussie flavour.

Clan Macrae 2017 AGM

Event Date and Time: 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual General Meeting at 1pm.

It is being held in the Conference Room (on 2nd floor), at the Combined Services R.S.L. Club, 5-7 Barrack Street, Sydney. Some members meet in the bistro from 12 noon for lunch prior to the meeting. All welcome.