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.
For details see:


Clan Buchanan 1016 - 2016
One Thousand Years a Clan
Contact: Malcolm Buchanan,

October 5 to
November 29
Royal Scots Dragoons Pipes & Drums
The world-famous Pipes & Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will visit Australia. With the highest profile of the British military concert bands, this promises to be a spectacular concert, giving audiences a whole new experience in Scottish traditional classic tunes, superbly blended with modern music arrangements. the bands performance will also feature some of their major hits.

Contact: various booking agencies or local venues - search on the internet:
October 23 WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
October 24 Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Vic
October 26 Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW
October 28 Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree, NSW
October 29 Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre, Tamworth, NSW
October 30 Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW
November   1 Canberra Theatre, Civic, ACT
November   2 Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat, Vic
November   4 Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
November   5 Crown Theatre Perth, Burswood, WA
November   6 Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA
November   9 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Hindmarsh, SA
November 10 Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Vic
November 11 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Vic
November 12 Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, Vic
November 13 Costa Hall, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic
November 16 West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, Vic
November 17 Princess Theatre, Launceston, Tas
November 18 Derwent Entertainment Centre, Glenorchy, Tas
November 19 Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, Devonport, Tas
November 20 Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool Vic
November 25 Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, Vic
November 27 Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier, SA
October 30
Clan MacGillivray Society Australia 40th Anniversary Gathering
12 to 4pm, MacGillivray Hall, Bendigo TAFE, Bendigo, Victoria
Anyone interested in attending this event should go to the Clan MacGillivray Society website for more details. It is anticipated that the newly appointed Clan Commander from Scotland will be a special guest. Members of Clan Chattan are very welcome.
Euan McGillivray
October 29 to 30
Battle of Bannockburn 2016 Timeline Festival
Bannockburn Golf Club, Shelford-Bannockburn Road, Bannockburn, Victoria
November 5
Clan MacLennan Society Australia Gathering/Ceilidh
6.30 pm, Roseville Memorial Club, Pacific Highway, Roseville, NSW
Cost: $15 per person.
Contact: Bruce McLennan, 0416 231 939 or
November 6
Clan Forsyth Day
1 to 5pm, Uniting Church Hall, Clanwilliam Street, Willoughby, NSW
This is the day to bring along your Forsyth mementos: photos, literature, artworks…. anything related to your clan and your family history.
The focus this year will be on ‘Forsyths in the Community.’ What your ancestors did serving others…honorary positions, good deeds, charity work etc? Bring along certificates, medals, rewards and recognition through the media.
The day also gives you a chance to meet other clan members and to have refreshments including tea, coffee, delicious sandwiches and cakes.
Members of other clans are welcome!
Contact: RSVP to Judy Forsyth by 23 October, (02) 9634 2749
Nov 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.
November 26

SAHC's St Andrew’s Ceilidh & Drawing of Emirates raffle
7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Uniting Church Hall, 3 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt, NSW
Supper is included. All dances will be called and walked through accompanied by Iain McKenzie, accordionist.

Drawing of the Scottish Australian Heritage Council/Emirates Raffle 2016
(Two economy return tickets Sydney/Glasgow/Sydney)

Cost: $25 per person, $20 students, $10 children.
Council parking behind the Hall entry in Marion Street

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Contact: Nea MacCulloch, treasurer {at}

November 26
St Andrew’s Night - Port Adelaide Caledonian Society
189 Semaphore Road, Exeter, SA
November 27
St Andrews Day - Kirkin' o' the Tartan services in Canberra and Sydney
Kirkin' o' the Tartan (Canberra & Sydney):
  9:30am - St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, State Circle, Forrest, ACT
10:00am - St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney.
Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal.

Sydney: the Tartan Ramble will NOT be held in 2016

Contact: Susan Cooke, 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 12
 6:30 - 8:30 pm
SAHC Committee meeting
Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
December 25
Merry Christmas = Nollaig Chridheil
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.

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