Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

Event Date and Time: 

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

with Clan MacRae as this year’s Clan of Honour

Ceud Mile Faite (A hundred thousand welcomes).

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Clan MacRae has been selected to be this year’s Clan of Honour at the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival being held from Sunday 22nd to Sunday 29th May.

This is a great opportunity for members of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand to get with members of their family to enjoy a day, weekend or even a week together in Wingham. The event is run by the Manning Valley Historical Society under the chairmanship of Eric Richardson, OAM.

The main weekend is from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May with the Street Parade, Highland Games and Scottish Ball on Saturday 28th May at 9.15 for 9.30am. All MacRaes/McRaes and family members have been invited to head the Street Parade which starts in Bent Street and then moves to Central Park for the Opening Ceremony, Highland Games and Pipe bands as well as markets. You do not need to own a kilt to march in the parade with the MacRaes.

The Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand will have a display of early historic Scottish and MacRae items on display as well as a series of MacRae/McRae photographs with information. Be sure you visit the Clan MacRae marquee during the games.

There is the Grand Scottish Ball in the evening. A full and detailed program with times appears further down the page.

On Sunday 29th May you can gather at 7.30am in the Riverside Reserve at lower end of Farquhar Street where the first Scottish immigrants came ashore for a thanksgiving service. This is followed by a BBQ breakfast. At 10am there is the Colloquium of Clan leaders at Tellers Restaurant in Bent Street, near the Services Club. At 12 noon we have the Festival Luncheon at the Services Club which is conducted as a Clan MacRae gathering and I hope to see as many of the Clan MacRae members there. After the meal will be a ceilidh with a variety of musical performances. The event and the festival will conclude about 2.30pm.

For those interested in family history there is a Genealogy Fair called “Find and Meet the Family” with three guest speakers commencing with registration at 9.30am to commence at 10am. It goes through to 3pm with plenty of time for questions. See details further down.

This is the 12th annual Wingham Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival to be held in Wingham which is on the mid north coast of New South Wales. The first land grant was granted to George Rowley in 1841. Wingham was established as a government settlement which had its supplies brought in by boat on the Manning River and was named after Wingham in Kent, England. It was the mid 1850s before settlers arrived and a decade later there were less than 100 residents. Numbers of MacRaes/McRaes settled in the district with others around Gloucester.

A special historic district bus tour which incorporates visiting some early MacRae pioneers has been organised for 10am on Friday 27th May (book now). There were numbers of Scottish descent that settled in the area.

You will need to book in for a number of the events and you can get a Booking Form further down the page.

We are calling on as many MacRaes/McRaes as possible to support the weekend in Wingham – come for a day, come for the weekend. If anyone in your family tree has been a MacRae/ McRae or any other way it is spelt you are most welcome. Be sure to bring the family along also. See you there.

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


Run by Manning Valley Historical Society 12 Farquar Street Wingham NSW 2429 65535823 Chairman Eric Richardson OAM

Festival Secretary Maureen Fawcett 65574482

Festival Booklet -

Festival website

Alan McRae, President Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand.