EVENTS for 2016

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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.

January 30
Lachlan Macquarie birthday dinner
6:30pm for 7:00pm, The Womens Club, 4th Floor, 179 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Speaker: Mr Robin Walsh, Macquarie University

Dress: Black tie/kilts
RSVP by 25 January 2015 or sooner appreciated.
-  Click here for the details and to download/print the Macquarie Dinner booking form - opens in a new tab/window
Susan Cooke: info {at}
 3 - 24
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry - Albury
Library Museum, Cnr Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury
See this amazing international community art project, with 308 embroidered panels telling stories of the Scottish Diaspora, on its international tour to Australia.
February 8
SAHC Annual General Meeting
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}>
12 - 14
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Vic
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo marches into Melbourne's Etihad Stadium in 2016.
Tickets went on sale on 25 May 2015. A new show is scheduled for 14 Feb. Book early so that you don't miss out!
February 13
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.
12 - 14
National Multicultural Festival
Canberra City centre, ACT
A weekend of colour, culture, festivities, food & drink, fun.

The Celtic Ceilidh and the SAHC tent will be there on Sunday 14 February

From 9:30am: The SAHC is at stall site C4 (on the west side of Petrie Plaza.)

1pm to 5pm: The Celtic Ceilidh is at Stage 4 [corner of Alinga St and Northbourne Ave (southbound)]:
  • 1:00 pm - Canberra Celtic Pipe Band
  • 1:50 pm - Canberra Celtic Choir
  • 2:20 pm - Humbug
  • 2:50 pm - Queanbeyan Pipe Band
  • 3:15 pm - Irish Dancing
  • 3:35 pm - Burns Pipes & Drums
  • 4:00 pm - Highland Dancing
  • 4:25 pm - Scottish Country Dancing

    11- 13
    Clan Davidson International Gathering
    Canberra, ACT
    Contact: Geoff Davidson, 0417 240187 or

    17- 24
    Clan Donald Australasia Forum
    Geelong, Vic
    March 20
    Geelong Highland Gathering
    Goldsworthy Reserve, Goldsworthy Rd, Corio, Victoria
    March 23 -
    April 3
    Scottish Diaspora Tapestry - Camperdown, Sydney
    Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock St (off Mallett St), Camperdown, Sydney
    10:00am - 6:00pm (closed Good Friday).
    See this amazing international community art project, with 308 embroidered panels telling stories of the Scottish Diaspora, on its international tour to Australia.

    From 9 April the tapestry departs for Otago, New Zealand (Toitu Otago Settlers Museum).
    25 - 26
    Maclean Highland Gathering
    Maclean Showground, 12 Cameron Street, Maclean, NSW
    April 3 Ringwood Highland Games
    Jubilee Park, Reilly Street, Ringwood, Vic
    April 9 Bundanoon Highland Gathering
    Bundanoon, NSW
    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
    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.
    April 25 Anzac Day - The Scottish act of remembrance
    Contact Nea MacCulloch for Sydney information
    treasurer {at}
    April 29 -
    May 1
    Australian Celtic Festival 2016 - Year of the Isle of Man
    Glen Innes, NSW
    May 21 World Whisky Day (World Whisky Month is May each year)
    May 21
    Berry Celtic Festival
    Berry Showground, Berry, NSW!celtic-festival/c1syc
    May 28 - 29
    Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival
    Wingham, NSW
    Festival flyer:
    May 29
    SAHC Scottish Clan and Celtic Leaders' Colloquium, Wingham
    Wingham, NSW
    10:00am - Colloquium of Clan and Celtic association Leaders, Australia Hotel, Wingham
    Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
    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 BlŁcher. 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.
    June 21 TBC
    Townsville Tartan Day
    Cotters markets, Townsville, Qld
    Contact: Marie Gibson, mlg7 {at}
    23 - 24, 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.
    June 17 - 24
    Scottish Heritage Celebrations 2016, Sydney, NSW
    Check back here and the SAHC newsletter for more details and bookings.
    info {at}

    July 1
    International Tartan Day, Australasia
    In Australasia International Tartan Day is held on 1 July, which is the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan. It is held to recognize and celebrate the contribution of Scots and their descendants to Australian history.
    July 2
    Aberdeen Highland Games
    Aberdeen, NSW
    July 11
    International Tartan Day (Australian Scottish Community Qld)
    King George Square, Brisbane City, Qld
    July 10
    Scotland in the Park
    Greenbank Reserve, Middle Road, Greenbank, Qld
    Contact: Ern Thompson, Ph: 07 3200 9536, or ernestroy {at}
    July 29 -
    August 1
    International Highland Dancing Championships
    Niagara Park, Gosford, NSW
    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.
    September 3
    Central Coast Gathering of the Clans
    Norah Heads Sports Ground, Norah Heads, NSW
    Sept 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."'
    Sept 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.
    September 17
    Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival
    Nelson Bay, NSW
    October 8 TBC
    Canberra Highland Gathering
    Kett Street, Kambah, Canberra, ACT
    Contact: info {at}
    October 9 TBC
    Scottish Australian Heritage Council committee meeting
    10am, Poppy's Cafe, War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, ACT
    info {at}
    November 13
    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.
    November 26 TBC
    Calum's Ceilidh
    2pm, Epping Uniting Church, Oxford St, Epping, NSW
    A great time and a fundraiser in support of Scots Gaelic language teaching at Sydney University.
    November 27
    St Andrews Day - Kirkin' o' the Tartan services in Sydney and Canberra
    Kirkin' o' the Tartan:
      9:30am - St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, State Circle, Forrest, ACT
    10:00am - St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney.

    Sydney: Tartan Ramble and Emirates
    About 11:30am - March of the Clans, from the corner of Martin Place and Macquarie St, Sydney
    12 noon - Tartan Flash Mob and Emirates Airlines raffle draw, Hyde Park, Sydney.
    info {at}
    November 30
    St Andrews Day celebrations
    St Andrew's Day, 30 November, is the fast day of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland.
    December 25
    Merry Christmas = Nollaig Chridheil
    December 31
    Hogmanay celebrations
    Happy New Year = Bliadhna mhath ýr
    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.

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