A Scottish CALENDAR in Australia 2017

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Sydney Society for Scottish History (SSSH) meetings
The monthly meeting of the SSSH is on the third Thursday evening of each month starting at 7:00pm.
For details see: www.facebook.com/Sydney-Society-for-Scottish-History-277766848952898

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Sun January 1
Maryborough Highland Gathering
Princes Park, Maryborough, Vic
The Maryborough Highland Gathering has a proven long and proud history and is now over 155 years old; Australia’s oldest continuous running sporting event.
(Wed) January 25, 1759
Robert Burns' 258th birthday (2017)
Annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796)
Thu January 26
Australia Day Celtic Festival
10:00am - 5:30pm, St Leonard's Park, Miller St, North Sydney
The Celtic Nations celebrating Australia Day - Celtic Council of Australia
Sat January 28
SAHC's Lachlan Macquarie birthday dinner
6:30pm for 7:00pm
The Womens Club, 4th Floor, 179 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Speaker: Mr Ian Innes, Director, Heritage & Collections, Sydney Living Museums.

Sun January 29
SAHC Committee meeting - All members welcome
10:30am - 1:30pm
9/61 Yeo Street, Neutral Bay, NSW
Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
Sat January 28
Qirindi Military Tattoo
2:00pm - 9:00pm
Longfield Oval, Quirindi, NSW
Australia's newest Highland Gathering.
(Tue) January 31, 1759
Lachlan Macquarie's 255th birthday (2017)
Annual celebration of the "Father of Australia" (31 January 1762 - 1 July 1824)
Sat February 11
Scots Day Out
Rosalind Park, 1 Williamson St, Bendigo, Victoria
Scots Day Out is a free community event held on the second Saturday of February, organised by Golden City Pipe Band.
Sun February 19
National Multicultural Festival (Sat 17 to Sun 19 February)
Canberra City centre, ACT
A weekend of colour, culture, festivities, food & drink, fun.

The Celtic Ceilidh and the Celtic Village tents will be there on Sunday 19 February from about 9:30am in Bunda St along from the Mort St corner.

11am to 4pm: The Celtic Ceilidh is at Stage 4 [corner of Alinga St and Mort St] with performances by:
  • ACT Irish Dancing
  • ACT Scottish Highland Dancing
  • Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band
  • Canberra Celtic Choir
  • Canberra Celtic Pipes and Drums Band
  • Canberra City Pipes and Drums Band
  • Canberra Scottish Country Dancing
  • Canberra Scottish Fiddlers
  • Humbug
  • Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums Band
  • Strathmannan
  • www.multiculturalfestival.com.au
    Sun February 19
    Richmond Highland Gathering
    Village Green, Richmond, Tasmania
    Wed March 6
    SAHC Special General Meeting, Annual General Meeting, Committee Meeting - All financial members welcome
    6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
    Please participate in the Council's AGM by nominating for a position or sending in a proxy vote (forms are located at the Council tab above).
    Contact the Secretary: info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au>
    Wed March 8

    International Women's Day
    Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women - from Scotland to Australia and beyond.

    Fri March 10
    International Bagpipe Day
    International Bagpipe Day was initiated by The Bagpipe Society UK and first held on 10 March 2012 to celebrate the world's many bagpipes and piping traditions.

    Sun March 19
    Geelong Highland Gathering
    Goldsworthy Reserve, Goldsworthy Rd, Corio, Victoria
    Sun March 26
    Ringwood Highland Games
    East Ringwood football ground, Dandenong Rd, Ringwood, Vic
    The only Highland Gathering in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
    Mon March 27 International Whisk(e)y Day
    Sat April 1 Bundanoon Highland Gathering
    Bundanoon, NSW
    One of Australia's largest Scottish gathering with a full day of entertainment and activities including pipe bands, Scottish dancing, Clan village, stalls and much more-a great Scottish day out
    (Thu) April 6, 1320
    The Declaration of Arbroath, Arbroath, Scotland
    (and International Tartan Day in the northern hemisphere)
    The Declaration of Arbroath is a declaration of Scottish independence made in 1320. It is in the form of a letter in Latin submitted to Pope John XXII, dated 6 April 1320, intended to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state and defending Scotland's right to use military action when unjustly attacked.

    "For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself" (from the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320).

    John Prebble says, "Two things make the Declaration of Arbroath the most important document in Scottish history.
    Firstly it set the will and the wishes of the people above the King.
    Secondly, the manifesto affirmed the nation's independence in a way no battle could, and justified it with a truth that is beyond nation and race."
    J. Prebble, The Lion in the North: One Thousand Years of Scotland's History, Penguin Books, 1973.
    Mon April 10
    SAHC Committee meeting - All members welcome
    6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)
    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Sat April 15
    Maclean Highland Gathering
    Maclean Showground, 12 Cameron Street, Maclean, NSW
    (Sun) April 16, 1746 Battle of Culloden, Culloden Moor, Scotland
    Towards one o'clock, the Jacobite artillery opened fire on government soldiers. The government responded with their own cannon, and the Battle of Culloden began. Bombarded by cannon shot and mortar bombs, the Jacobite clans held back, waiting for the order to attack. At last they moved forwards, through hail, smoke, murderous gunfire and grapeshot. Around eighty paces from their enemy they started to fire their muskets and charged. Some fought ferociously. Others never reached their goal. The government troops had finally worked out bayonet tactics to challenge the dreaded Highland charge and broadsword. The Jacobites lost momentum, wavered, then fled. Hardly an hour had passed between the first shots and the final flight of the Prince's army. Although a short battle by European standards, it was an exceptionally bloody one.
    Fri 21 - Sun 23
    Clan Davidson International Gathering
    Canberra, ACT
    Contact: Geoff Davidson, 0417 240 187 or

    Tue April 25
    Anzac Day - The Scottish act of remembrance
    Contact Nea MacCulloch for Sydney information
    treasurer {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Sat April 29
    Epping Scottish Country Dance
    Epping Community Centre, Epping, NSW
    Enquiries: Anne, 9868 3778 or 0412 662 327, annelure@gmail.com
    International Whisky Month
    Thur 4 - Sun 7 May
    Australian Celtic Festival 2017 - Year of Ireland
    Glen Innes, NSW
    - Australian Celtic Awards dinner, Glen Innes and District Services Club (Saturday)
    - SAHC Clan Commissioners' Dinner (Saturday)
    - Scottish ceremony: Clan Roll Call, Clan Recognition Ceremony (Sunday)
    - Kirkin' o' the Tartan, Australian Standing Stones (Sunday)
    Mon May 8
    SAHC Committee meeting - All members welcome
    6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)
    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Fri 19 - Sun 21 May
    Robert Burns Scottish Festival
    Camperdown, Vic
    Sat May 20
    World Whisky Day (World Whisky Month is May each year)
    Sat May 27
    Berry Celtic Festival
    Berry Showground, Berry, NSW
    Sat 27 - Sun 28 May
    SDAA Championships and Competitions
    Caringbah High School Auditorium, 85 Willarong Road, Caringbah NSW
    Sat June 3
    Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival
    Wingham, NSW
    Sun June 4
    SAHC Committee meeting (Wingham) - All members welcome
    10:00am - 12noon
    Wingham Museum, Wingham, NSW
    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Sat June 10
    International Heraldry Day - 10 June annually
    International Heraldry Day was established in 2013 to celebrate heraldry in all its forms and regardless of jurisdiction, geography, customs and favourite period.
    Sun June 18
    Townsville Tartan Day
    Townsville, Queensland
    (Sun) June 18, 1815
    Battle of Waterloo, Waterloo, Belgium (then Netherlands)
    On 18 June 1815, a French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, comprising an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. The Scottish regiments were involved:
    * the 9th Brigade commanded by Major-General Sir Denis Pack included the Royal Scots, the 42nd Black Watch, the 92nd Gordons and the 44th Foot totalling something over 2,000 men
    * the Union Brigade commanded by Major-General Sir William Ponsonby included the Scots Greys.
    Sat June 24
    Scottish Ceilidh Ball and Debutante presentation
    Hosted by the Scottish Dancing Association of Australia
    6:30pm, St Andrew's College, 19 Carillon Ave, Newtown, NSW


    Thur June 22 - Tue 27 June

    Scottish Heritage Celebrations 2017, Sydney, NSW
    Honoured Guests: John and Elizabeth Macleod of Raasay
    Contact: info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au

    22 June, Thursday: (10:00am - 1:00pm) Historic site visit to Victoria Barracks, incl luncheon (at cost)
                                       - Moore Park Rd entrance, Paddington, NSW

                                       (6:30pm - 9:00pm) Macquarie Medal Dinner
                                       - NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW
                                       Presentation of the SAHC's prestigious Macquarie Medal by The Hon. Ray
                                       Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism in the NSW Parliament.

    23 June, Friday:     (4:00pm) Reception for Hounoured Guests
                                      - Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW

                                      (6:30pm - 8:30pm) History Talk: “A re-examination of Macquarie, the Builder”
                                      Dr Sue Rosen
                                      - Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

    24 June, Saturday: (6:30pm - 9:00pm) Scottish Ceilidh Ball and Debutante presentation
                                      Hosted by the Scottish Dancing Association of Australia
                                      - St Andrew's College, 19 Carillon Ave, Newtown, NSW

    25 June, Sunday: (10:00am) Tartan Day Kirkin' o' the Tartan
                                    - Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church
                                       cnr Johnston & Collins Streets, Annandale

                                    (11:30am - 3:00pm) Clans & Families Forum (Everyone welcome)
                                     - Kerry Farmer, respected speaker on DNA and genealogy, presents a session on
                                     the function of DNA testing in the gathering of family history information that lies
                                     beyond the scope of oral and documentary evidence
                                     - John Macleod of Raasay speaks about the story of the renovation of Raasay
                                     House and the rejuvenation of the community on Raasay
                                      - Malcolm Buchanan, President SAHC, speaks about the Council's latest initiatives
                                      internationally and in Australia, and the challenges facing the organisations aiming
                                      to keep the Scottish culture alive in Australia.

    26 June, Monday: (from 11:30am) Scotland/Australia Cairn inspection ceremony
                                     - Rawson Park, Cross Street, Mosman

                                     (6:30 - 8:30pm) History Talk: “Identity Politics and the Showcasing of Scotland:
                                     ‘Theme’ Years of Heritage & Homecoming”
                                     Dr Alison Holland
                                     - Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

    27 June, Tuesday: Tartan Day celebration lunch at NSW Parliament House

      1 July, Saturday: Aberdeen Highland Games, Aberdeen, NSW


    (Fri) 23 - (Sat) 24 June 1314
    Battle of Bannockburn, near Stirling, Scotland
    On 23 and 24 June 1314, Robert the Bruce faced King Edward II at Bannockburn, near Stirling. The Scots army was outnumbered almost three to one. It was was a significant Scottish victory, one of the most decisive battles of the First War of Scottish Independence, and remains one of the iconic cornerstones in the history of Scotland.
    Sun June 25
    Scotland in the Park
    Greenbank Reserve, Middle Road, Greenbank, Qld
    Sat July 1
    Aberdeen Highland Games
    Aberdeen, NSW
    Sat July 1
    International Tartan Day, Australia & New Zealand
    On 1 July (or by some community organisations on the nearest Sunday), Australians and New Zealanders celebrate the anniversary of the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 annulling the Act of Proscription of 1747, which had made wearing tartan an offense punishable with up to seven years' transportation.
    Sat July 15
    International Tartan Day (Australian Scottish Community Qld)
    King George Square, Brisbane City, Qld
    (Fri) July 21, 1796
    221st (2017) Anniversary of Robert Burns death, Dumfries, Scotland - Robert Burns International Toast
    Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759. He died in Dumfries at the early age of 37 on 21 July 1796. Yet in that short time he had taken the Scottish literary world by storm, and had secured a place for himself in history and in legend.

    So, raise a glass of your favourite dram and participate in the Robert Burns International Toast on 21 July. Facing Alloway, Scotland, make the first toast to Robert Burns birthplace, then to Dumfries, Scotland, to toast his life.
    (Thur) July 27, 1689
    Battle of Killiekrankie, Killiecrankie, Scotland
    The Battle of Killiecrankie was fought between Highland Scottish clans supporting King James VII of Scotland (also known as James II of England) and troops supporting King William of Orange on 27 July 1689, during the first Jacobite uprising. Although it was a stunning victory for the Jacobites, it had little overall effect on the outcome of the war and left their leader dead.
    Thur July 27
    National Scotch Day, USA and elsewhere too
    On July 27, enjoy a dram of fine Scotch whisky as it is National Scotch Day. Scotch is one of the best known whisky types which is produced, labeled, and packaged in a manner specified by strict regulations. Scotch whisky has been produced since the late 15th century. All Scotch was originally made from malted barley. Modern Scotch is made from malt and grain which can be combined in different ways to create blends. There are five distinct types of Scotch: single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch, and blended Scotch. According to regulations, any drink bearing the label “Scotch” mist be distilled in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for at least three years. It must not contain added substances, other than water and plain caramel coloring, and must comprise a minimum 40% ABV (alcohol by volume). There is a number of other, more specific criteria, but these are the main ones.

    Note also:
    - International Whisky Day on 27 March
    - World Whisky Day on 17 May.
    Fri 28 - Sun 30 July
    International Highland Dancing Championships
    Niagara Park, Gosford, NSW
    Mon August 14
    SAHC Committee meeting - All members welcome
    6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)
    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Thur 17 – Sun 20 August
    Scots in the Bush festival
    Boondooma Homestead, Boondooma, Qld
    (Sat) September 9, 1513
    Battle of Flodden, Northumberland, England
    On 9 September 1513, the battle was fought in Northumberland, England, between a Scots army under King James IV and an English army. It was an English victory. In terms of troop numbers, it was the largest battle fought between the two Kingdoms. James IV was killed in the battle, becoming the last monarch from the British Isles to suffer such a death, along with 12,000 Scots at the least, including 'the best gentlemen and "flower of Scotland."'
    Sun September 10
    Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run
    Armadale, WA
    (Mon) September 11, 1297
    Battle of Stirling Bridge, Stirling, Scotland
    On 11 September 1297, the forces of Andrew Moray and William Wallace defeated the English forces near Stirling on the River Forth.
    Sat 16 – Sun 17 September
    Pipe Bands Australia National Conference
    Melbourne, Vic
    Sat September 16
    Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival
    Nelson Bay, NSW
    Sat October 7
    Canberra Highland Gathering
    Kett Street, Kambah, Canberra, ACT
    Sun October 8
    SAHC Committee meeting (Canberra)- All members welcome
    10:00am - 12noon
    Poppy's Cafe, War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, ACT
    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Sat October 14
    Collie Clan Gathering
    Collie, WA
    Inaugural Gathering of Clan Elliot in Australia and Clan Highland Gathering
    Sat November 5
    Central Coast Scottish Spectacular
    The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW
    (Mon) November 13, 1715
    Battle of Sheriffmuir, Sheriffmuir, Scotland
    The Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 occurred at the height of the Jacobite rebellion led by John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar. The battle was inconclusive, with both sides claiming victory. However, in strategic terms John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, had halted the Jacobite advance.
    Sat November 25
    St Andrew’s Night - Port Adelaide Caledonian Society
    189 Semaphore Road, Exeter, South Australia
    Sun November 26
    St Andrews Day - Kirkin' o' the Tartan services in Canberra and Sydney - All welcome
    Kirkin' o' the Tartan (Canberra, Sydney & Toukley NSW):

    *   9:30am - St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, State Circle, Forrest, ACT

    *   9:30am - St David's Presbyterian Church, Victoria Ave, Toukley

    * 10:00am - St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney.

    Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal.

    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Thur November 30
    St Andrews Day celebrations
    St Andrew's Day, 30 November, is the feast day of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland.
    Sun December 2
    St Andrews Day Ball
    St Andrews Society of WA
    Perth, WA
    Mon December 11
    SAHC Committee meeting - All members welcome
    6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)
    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
    Mon December 25
    Merry Christmas = Nollaig Chridheil
    Sun December 31
    Hogmanay celebrations
    Happy New Year = Bliadhna mhath ùr
    Hogmanay is the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. However, it is normally only the start of a celebration that lasts through the night until the morning of New Year's Day (1 January). There are many customs, both national and local, associated with Hogmanay. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight.