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.

Clan Macrae attending 2016 Canberra Highland Gathering

Event Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

REMINDER - Clan MacRae Society attending 2016 Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair – on Saturday 8th October, 2016 – 10am to 5pm - FREE Entry

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 8th October, 2016. 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.

Alan McRae, President of the Clan MacRae Society of Australia and New Zealand, will be attending. Allan Smith, Vice President, will be on hand as well. Elma McRae, Clan secretary, intends to travel to the Gathering also. As usual MacRaes/McRaes will be visiting the marquee and Clan MacRae display and anyone who is a descendant of any MacRae, no matter what the spelling, is welcome and encouraged to attend this interesting event and pay us a visit.  

The Canberra College of Piping & Drumming organises the day with this being the fourth annual Scottish Highland Gathering.

Does the skirl of the bagpipes stir your Scottish blood and set your feet tapping? Then come and join us for a day of traditional Scottish events and activities including pipe band competitions, massed bands displays, a multitude of Scottish food and market stalls, Scottish heavy athletics events (e.g. caber tossing and the lifting of the stones), performances by Scottish Country Dance groups and much more family entertainment.

In addition to featuring the A.C.T. Pipe Band Championships, the day will also feature Highland and Irish dancing displays and competitions and folk music. The massed pipes and drums are most impressive. There will be various clan tents along with plenty of Scottish and related products and souvenirs. They also have a number of other displays and static events throughout the day.  There is certainly plenty to do.

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.

Ray MacRae Memorial

Four generations of MacRaes
Standing – Christine MacRae, Emma Wright nee MacRae, Joshua MacRae, Paul MacRae, Mary (MacRae), Ray Hynes. Front – Ewen MacRae and Keith MacRae.

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BY: Alan McRae

Raymond Edmund MacRae 1942 - 2012

Raymond Edmund MacRae, ‘Ray’ to his family and friends, passed away at 10am on Thursday 20th December, 2012, in Orange District Hospital after a two year fight with cancer. His funeral was held on 24th December, Christmas Eve in the Catholic Church in Orange. A large number of family, friends and past workmates gathered to farewell a man who had a zest for life and dearly wanted to beat his affliction. It was not to be and Ray realised this, amazing many with his acceptance to move from this world to the next.

Whether you were a MacRae or McRae or any other way it may be spelt you were family. I first met Ray when he was doing some family history.

Ray’s nephew Mark Saddler read the eulogy at the service and much of the following information is from Mark’s eulogy.

Who was Raymond Edward MacRae and where did he come from?


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