30th Anniversary Clan MaCrae Gathering, Dinner & AGM, Albury 2018

Event Date and Time: 

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

You are invited to the 30 th Anniversary Clan MacRae Gathering, Dinner and AGM to be held at Albury NSW on Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February 2018.

We hope lots of Clan members, family, friends, and all interested MacRaes will join us for a weekend of all things “MacRae”. None members very welcome.

Itinerary for Weekend


7.30pm - late
Meet & Greet @ SS&A Club, 570-582 Olive Street Albury.
Come along and make yourself known to the other MacRaes
Enjoy a meal in the Bistro (meal & drinks @ own expense)


9.30am – 3.30pm
Historic Bus Tour of Beechworth & Yackandandah
Leaving from car park at Hume Street Side of Hovell Tree Park
Cost: $55.00 pp for bus and lunch

4.30pm – 5.30pm
Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand AGM
Ascot Room, Hovell Tree Inn & Best Western **
corner of Hovell Street and Wodonga Place, Albury
All welcome

7.00pm for 7.30pm – late
30 th Anniversary Gathering Dinner
Kirkham Room, Hovell Tree Inn & Best Western **
corner of Hovell Street and Wodonga Place, Albury
Cost: $55 Buffet per person


10.00am – 12 noon
Guided Historic Tour of Albury
Meet at Hovell Tree, Hovell Tree Drive, Albury
Car Pool
$5.00 per person

** If booking accommodation at The Hovell Tree Inn & Best Western (02 6042 3900), you need to book direct with the hotel,
mention ‘Clan MacRae Function’ and you will receive a continental buffet breakfast included in your room rate. Should you book
online with alternate travel sites, the breakfast will not be included.


On Saturday, join us on a bus trip to Beechworth one of Australia's best-preserved gold-rush era towns. It’s fascinating history, beautiful streetscape, quality shops and boutiques coupled with hatted restaurants, wineries, brewery and cafes, make Beechworth one of Victoria's best loved towns.

In its golden heyday from 1852–1857, this was a fabulous gold region and centre of government; but its power, wealth and influence were short lived. Some historians state that at its wildest moments of gold discoveries, an early party of prospectors retrieved a pan of gold weighing about 14 pounds (6-7 kg).

Another lucky party, cleared some 50 pounds (23-25 kg) in a week. During the first election campaign in 1855, one candidate, Daniel Cameron, rode a horse shod with solid gold horseshoes. The extravagance of this event is still commemorated as the logo for Beechworth is a golden horseshoe. During its boom times, Beechworth town boasted a range of industries including, a tannery, jewellers, boot makers, a brewery, blacksmiths, livestock sale yards. It had schools, a convent, hotels, a prison with imposing stone walls, a hospital, a mental hospital, court house, police barracks, stage coach companies and a powder magazine. In its golden days, men and women arrived from the United States, United Kingdom and China. At its peak, Beechworth town had over 3,100 residents. Surrounding areas and mining camps sprang up as thousands of miners rushed into areas such as Spring Creek, Reedy Creek, Silver Creek, the Nine Mile Creek and the Woolshed, increasing the population of the area to around 22,000.

Yackandandah is one of Australia's prettiest villages with a centre classified by the national trust. It is nestled in the foothills of Stanley State Forest and steeped in the legacy of gold. Today the town is home to many acclaimed artists, from potters to painters, sculptors to stitchers. Wander the stunning streets and discover unique artworks, crafts, music and antiques in the eclectic mix of galleries, shops and studios.


On Sunday morning, join us for a guided tour of historic Albury.

The explorers Hume and Hovell arrived at what their maps called 'Crossing Point', but is now known as the Murray River at Albury, on 16 November 1824. They named the river the Hume River, after Hume's father, and the next day inscribed a tree by the river bank before continuing their journey south to Westernport in Victoria. In 1830, explorer Captain Charles Sturt discovered the Hume River downstream at its junction with the Murrumbidgee River. Not realising it was the same river, he named it the Murray River. Both names persisted for some time, Hume falling into disuse eventually in favour of Murray. The aboriginal name for the river was Millewa. A crossing place for the Murray became popular close to where Hovell inscribed the tree. In summer, it was usually possible to cross the river by foot.

The first European buildings erected at the crossing place were a provisions store and some small huts. Albury is said to be named after a village in Kent, England which it apparently resembled.

Our guide will be a member of the Albury Historical Society and we will be making a $5 per person donation to the Society for his time and expertise.


There will be Clan MacRae merchandise to purchase at the Gathering so be prepared for a little shopping. Most items will be less than $60.

For further information contact:

Roslyn MacRae
2513 Mitchell Highway
Ph: 0412 491 054
Em: learn@vsr.com.au
or email the President Alan McRae on amcrae@lisp.com.au

Download (full pdf with booking form) - 30th_anniversary_macrae_clan_gathering_albury_2018.pdf