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.


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

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.
June 17 - 24
Scottish Heritage Celebrations 2016, Sydney, NSW
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The SAHC's April 2016 newsletter has the booking form too.

Contact: info {at}

18 June, Saturday: (9am) Scottish Highland Festival
                                   - St Leonards Park music shell, Miller Street, North Sydney

                                   (5:30pm) History Talk: “A delinquent youth in sixteenth century Glasgow.”
                                   Professor Elizabeth Ewan
                                   - Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

19 June, Sunday: (10am) Kirkin' o' the Tartan
                                - St Andrew’s Scots Presbyterian Church, Dover Road, Rose Bay

                               (11:30am) Clans & Families Forum (All Clan & Family Societies welcome)
                                - Church hall, St Andrew’s Scots Presbyterian Church, Dover Road, Rose Bay

20 June, Monday: (booked out) Tartan Day celebration lunch at NSW Parliament House

21 June, Tuesday: Clan Gregor event (contact:

                                 (6:30pm) History Talk: “A Scottish Inheritance? Mary Bennett, the Aboriginal Cause and the Legacies of the Past” Dr Alison Holland
                                  - Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

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

23 June, Thursday: (10am) Historic site visit to Parramatta old city precinct
                                   - Meet outside Old Government House (back gate), Parramatta Park, Parramatta

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

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

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 26
Townsville Tartan Day
Cotters markets, Townsville, Qld
Contact: Marie Gibson, mlg7 {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 10
Scotland in the Park
Greenbank Reserve, Middle Road, Greenbank, Qld
Contact: Neil Macdonald, Mob: 0412 090 990, or president {at}
July 16
International Tartan Day (Australian Scottish Community Qld)
King George Square, Brisbane City, Qld
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.
August 8
 6:30 - 8:30 pm
SAHC Committee meeting
Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
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
Septemer 27 - 30
Ninth Australian Conference of Celtic Studies: 'Memory and Foresight in the Celtic World'
University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW

Contact: Professor Jonathan Wooding, jonathan.wooding {at}

SAHC and its members, along with other organisations in Australia, are helping to raise funds to bring a young scholar from The Society of Antiquaries, Scotland, to participate in the conference.
October 1 - 2
Australian Pipe Band Championships
Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, NSW
The premiere Australian competition for bagpipe and drum bands held every two years.
Contact: secretary {at}
October 8
Canberra Highland Gathering
Kett Street, Kambah, Canberra, ACT
Contact: info {at}
October 9
 10:00 am
Scottish Australian Heritage Council committee meeting
Poppy's Cafe, War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, ACT

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
October 9
Mt Barker Highland Gathering
Keith Stephenson Park, Mt Barker, South Australia
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 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 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.

Sydney: Tartan Ramble and Emirates Raffle Draw
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.

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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