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Our Chairman, John L Macpherson and wife Gwen led a commemoration to Macpherson ancestors who sacrificed their lives for this county in the first World War. John L and Gwen kindly donated a Lone Pine which has been planted in the memorial gardens in Bowral. There was a recent article in the Southern Highland News which can be accessed by following this link

Activities across the Country

March 2019

17th March - Geelong Highland Gathering. This will be held at Goldsworthy Reserve, Goldsworthy Rd Corio. Come and visit the Clan Macpherson Tent. Events include the 2019 South Pacific Heavy Games Championships. For more information visit www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au.

31st March- 1st April - Champion of Champions - a weekend of Highland dance competition and events. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW. For more information visit www.nswhighlanddancing.com.au

April 2019

6th April - The Tartan Spectacular, Toowong QLD. A celebration of all things Scottish, includes the Australian Pipe Band Championships with competitors from across the country and beyond at Brisbane Boys’ College. For more information visit www.tartanspectacular.com.au

6th April - Bundanoon Highland Gathering. Come and visit the Clan Macpherson Tent and introduce yourself. This is Australia’s largest Scottish Event celebrating 41 years. A day of great entertainment from pipe bands, singers, dancers, strong man competitions and much more. For more information visit www.brigadoon.org.au

19th - 20th April - 115th Maclean Highland Gathering at the Maclean Showground. For more information visit www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

May 2018

3rd - 6th May - Australian Celtic Festival at Glen Innes. The four day festival features entertainment that includes a street parade, kirking of the Tartan, massed pipe bands, buskers, workshops, market stalls and Celtic foods. For more information visit www.australiancelticfestival.com

26th May - Berry Celtic Festival, Berry, NSW. Pipe Bands, celtic clans, scottish terrier dogs, vintage cars and more. Info: www.berryrotary.org.au/celtic-festival

26th May - Queensland Highland Pipers Society Patrons Trophy, Wynnum, QLD. At Wynnum RSL, Tingal Rd. Info 07 3397 4512 or visit www.qhps.org

26th May - Inglewood WA. Scottish Dancing and social event at Bob Daniels Community Centre, 891 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754

27th May - 3rd June - Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, Wingham NSW. Scottish singing, dancing, Highland games, genealogy fair and a traditional Scottish Ball. The Clan of Honour this year is Clan Cameron. Info: www.manninghistorical.org

June 2018

8th - 11th June - National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, VIC. A long weekend of Celtic music, relax and experience the depth of Celtic culture through the festival's culturally diverse arts program. Info: www.nationalcelticfestival.com

10th June - Highland Cattle Show, Junee NSW. Highland cattle and Highland dancers, Clan tents and more. Info: www.australianhighlandcattle.org

10th June - Ipswich Highland Gathering of the Clans, Ipswich QLD. Scottish stalls, pipe band, solo and drumming competitions at Bill Paterson Oval, Limestone Park. Info: 0411 892 810 or visit www.ipswichthistle.com

17th June - Townsville Tartan Day, Townsville QLD. In the Cotters Market, Flinders Street with street parade of Clan Banners and bagpipes. Info: Marie Gibson 0413 456 542

29th June - 7th July - Scottish Week in Sydney and surrounds. 29th June - Welcome at Castlereagh Hotel, Sydney. 30th June - Burns supper at Castlereagh Hotel, Sydney. 1st July - Kirkin' o the Tartan, Hunter Baillie Church Annandale and Clans Forum. 2nd July - Visit Joadja Village near Mittagong. 3rd July - Inspection of the Scotland Australia Cairn, Mosman (tbc). 4th July - Parliamentary Luncheon @ Parliament House. 6th July - Hosted luncheon at the 18 - Footer Sailing Club, Double Bay. 7th July - Aberdeen Highland Games. Info: www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com Info: Susan Cooke 0411 097 724

To be advised - Scotland in the Park, new location pending QLD - A full day of Scottish events including pipe bands, entertainment, Scottish stalls and more at Middle Green Sports Complex, 720 Middle Rd. (Clan Macpherson Tent). Info: Neil Macdonald 0412 090 990 or www.scottishclans.org.au

July 2018

7th July - Aberdeen Highland Games, Aberdeen NSW. Fun for all the family with Clans, Highland and country dancing, pipe bands, Tartan Warriors, Kilted Dash and more. Jefferson Park. Info: 02 6540 1300 or visit www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com

7th July - International Tartan Day, Fremantle WA. Presented by The Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of WA Inc. Enjoy some Scottish traditions, with Heel 'n' Toe band, Perth Metro Pipe Band, an Address to the Haggis, raffles and prizes to be won at the Esplanade Hotel. Info: Peta McLean 0433 707 716 or visit www.smcfwa.com.au

15th July - Townsville Celtic Festival, QLD. Celebrating the cultural diversity of the seven Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany and Galicia at Jezzine Barracks. Info: www.townsvillecelticfestival.org.au

21st July - Annual Tartan Day, Brisbane QLD. At King George Square with Scottish entertainment, stalls, pipe bands. A free event presented by the Australian Scottish Community (QLD) Inc. Info: Ian Campbell 07 3359 8195 or visit www.aussie-scots.org.au

27th - 30th July - International Highland Dancing Festival of Australia, Gosford NSW. A spectacular 4 day event on the NSW Central Coast. Champion Challenges, Pre-Champs, 10 age Championships. Info: 0437 677 166 or visit www.cchdi.org.au

August 2018

11th August - Winter Ball, Hobart TAS. A night of Scottish country dancing and musicians at Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie St. Info: 03 6231 6585

12th August - Richmond Picnic, TAS. A day of food, fun and dance at Richmond Village Green. Scottish fiddle and piano. Info: 03 6231 6585

16th - 19th August - Scots in the Bush, Boondooma QLD. Celebrating the contribution of the Scottish people in opening up much of Australia at Boondooma Homestead. Info: 07 4168 0159 or visit www.boondoomahomestead.org.au

September 2018

9th September - Highland Gathering and Kilt Run, Armadale WA. WA's largest Scottish event which features pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Clans, stalls and Perth Kilt Run. This is a free community event at Minnawarra Park presented by the City of Armadale. Info: 08 9394 5000 or visit www.perthkiltrun.com.au

15th September - Clans on the Coast, Nelson Bay NSW. Scottish pipe bands, Celtic bands, Celtic stalls, caber toss, Celtic dancers and choir and more at Tomaree Sports Complex, No. 1 Oval. Info: Ron Swan 0418 495 336 or visit www.clansonthecoast.com.au

October 2018

6th October - Canberra Burns Club Highland Gathering, Kambah ACT. (Clan Macpherson Tent). Clan Macpherson will be represented at the Canberra Burns Club Highland Gathering to be held on Saturday 6th October. It will be an event to satisfy all aspects of Scottish Culture and we look forward to seeing many Macpherson cousins and associated families there - Visit www.canberragathering.com.au

December 2018

1st December - Daylesford Highland Gathering in Victoria. For more information visit www.daylesfordhighland.com