It was the 30th Anniversary Clan MacRae Gathering, Dinner and Annual General Meeting at Albury from Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February, 2018. What a great gathering it turned out to be with a wonderful group of MacRaes. It was a packed weekend, but that didn’t stop people comparing research and notes about their MacRae lineage and some new relations were located.
The 45-page Clan MacRae Chronicle with some 31 articles, including a brief history of Albury-Wodonga, a report of the 2017 Edinburgh Tattoo by a McRae who participated, a story on Beechworth, and numerous other accounts about MacRaes and other Scottish themes, was extremely well received by the reunion attendees with numerous compliments. Anyone attending the gathering received this booklet.
On Friday night there was a ‘meet and greet’ at the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Club’s bistro in Albury. Tables were reserved and a large number of people attended which was pleasing as some had travelled most of the day to get there. It was a great meal and a chance to meet numerous MacRaes that I had corresponded with but hadn’t actually met. Some members had travelled from Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and from over New South Wales.
Saturday morning saw a large group up and ready for the historic bus tour of Beechworth and Yackandandah. They both have a fascinating history, beautiful streetscapes, quality shops and boutiques coupled with numerous restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments, wineries, and even a brewery. For the antique collector there was a great range that jogged the memories of some of us oldies.