EVENTS for 2015

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Sydney Society for Scottish History (SSSH) meetings
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The monthly meeting of the SSSH is on the third Thursday evening of each month starting at 7:30pm.

May 16 World Whisky Day (World Whisky Month is May each year)
May 23
Berry Celtic Festival
Berry Showground, Berry, NSW!celtic-festival/c1syc
May 23 - 24
SDAA Championships and Competitions
Marie Bashir Public School, 159 Albert Road, Strathfield, NSW
Contact: Elizabeth Munro, Mob: 0408 612 808, or
May 30 - 31
Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival
Wingham, NSW
May 31
SAHC Scottish Clan Colloquium, Wingham
Wingham, NSW
10:00am - Colloquium of Clan and Celtic association Leaders, Tellers Restaurant, Wingham
Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
June 20
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
Guests of Honour are Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE.
Contact: Alison Hughes, mob: 0404 145 622, or treasurer {at}
June 21
Townsville Tartan Day
Cotters markets, Townsville, Qld
Contact: Marie Gibson, mlg7 {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 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.
June 23 -
  June 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 26 -
  July 1

Fri 26 June

Sat 27 June

Sun 28 June

Sat 27 -
Sun 28 June

Mon 29 June

Tue 30 June

Wed 1 July

Scottish Heritage Celebrations 2014, Sydney, NSW
Check back here and the SAHC newsletter for more details and bookings.
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 4:30pm - Reception to meet the Honoured Guest, Alistair, Chief of Clan Henderson, and Madam Audrey Henderson of Fordell
Level 2, Castlereagh Inn, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW

 6:30pm - Lecture: TBA
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Mitchell theatre, 280 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW
$ (Light refreshments)

 7:00 for 7:30pm - Burns themed Scottish Dinner
Cello's restaurant, Castlereagh Inn, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW
$65 for SAHC members, $70 for non-members; cash bar

10:00am - Kirkin' o' the Tartan
Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church, Johnston Street, Annandale, NSW
(Morning tea)

12:30pm - Lecture ''De-mystifying DNA'' by Christopher Lindesay
Church Hall, Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church, Johnston Street, Annandale, NSW
$ (Afternoon tea)

Grand Australasian Highland Dancing Championships
Newington College, Stanmore, NSW

12 noon - Scottish Australian Cairn ceremony, inspection
Rawson Park, Cross St, Mosman, NSW
(Light lunch)

 6:30pm - Lecture ''St Kilda migrants'' by Emeritus Prof Eric Richards
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Mitchell theatre, 280 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW
$ (Light refreshments)

TBA - Morning/midday event

 6:30pm - Lecture ''The Scottish in WW!'' by Prof Sean Brawley
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Mitchell theatre, 280 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW
$ (Light refreshments)

12 noon - Celebrate National Tartan Day - Parliamentary lunch
NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW
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 4
Aberdeen Highland Games
Aberdeen, NSW
July 11
International Tartan Day (Australian Scottish Community Qld)
King George Square, Brisbane City, Qld
July 19
Scotland in the Park
Greenbank Reserve, Middle Road, Greenbank, Qld
Contact: Ern Thompson, Ph: 07 3200 9536, or ernestroy {at}
July 24 - 26
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.
August 1
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.
September 5
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 19
Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival
Nelson Bay, NSW
October 10
Canberra Highland Gathering
Kett Street, Kambah, Canberra, ACT
October 11
Scottish Australian Heritage Council committee meeting
10am, Poppy's Cafe, War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, ACT
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October 31
150th anniversary of Carss Park (Kogarah Historical Society with the SAHC)
Carss Bush Park, Allawah Avenue, Carss Park, NSW
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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 29
St Andrews Day - Kirkin' o' the Tartan services in Sydney and Canberra
10:00am - Kirkin' o' the Tartan:
- St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney
- St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, State Circle, Forrest, ACT.

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.
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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 31
Hogmanay celebrations
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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January 25
Robert Burns' 257th birthday (2016)
Annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796)
Febuary 12 &
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Vic
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo marches into Melbourne's Etihad Stadium in 2016.
Tickets go on sale on 25 May 2015. Book early so that you don't miss out!

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