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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

January 2019

1st January - The Maryborough Highland Gathering - Maryborough Victoria. Start the year off at Australia's oldest continuous running sporting event with pipe bands, Scottish dance, stalls and more at Princes Park. Info: 03 5461 1480 or www.highlandsociety.com.au

19th January - Hunter Valley Scots Burns Night - Teralba NSW. Celebrate Robert Burns with the Hunter Valley Scots Club at Club Macquarie with food, music and dance. Info: www.huntervalleyscotsclub.com

25th January - Burns Night Supper - Wongawallan, QLD. Includes the Address the Haggis, 3 course dinner, music and more at the Fox and Hounds Country Inn, Elevation Drive. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au

25th January - Burns Night Supper - Lyons, NT. Celebrating the life and works of Scotland's National Poet, Robert Burns, in poetry, song and dance at Tracy Village Social and Sports Club Bistro, 28 Tambling Tce. Info: Moyston Wright 0487 407 672 or www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-robert-burns-tickets-52244541831?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

25th January - Burns Night Supper - Hobart, TAS. Join the City of Hobart Pipe Band to toast the Immortal Memory. Whisky, haggis and bagpipes. The Iain MacLeod Ceilidh Band, dancing for everyone, fine company and excellent craic. Info: www.cohhpb.org.au

February 2019

17th February - National Multi Cultural Festival, Canberra City ACT. CLAN MACPHERSON TENT. More than 200,000 people flock to the heart of the capital to enjoy and participate in the annual event, involving more than 350 community groups, up to 70 diplomatic missions and dozens of national and local businesses. There's food from every corner of the world with over 300 stalls, live music and dancing happening on six stages. Info: www.multiculturalfestival.com.au

17th February - Richmond Highland Gathering, Richmond, TAS. St Andrew Society of Hobart will again be holding its annual Highland Gathering on the Village Green, with Pipe Band displays from across Tasmania. Scottish dancing and stalls. Info: Di Cornish 0408 528 658.

March 2019

2nd March - Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo, Quirindi, NSW. The event aims to showcase military bands in both a competition and exhibition format and pays homage to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Longfield Oval Sporting Precinct, Henry Street. Info: www.liverpoolplainsmilitarytattoo.com.au

2nd March - Scots Day Out, Bendigo, VIC. CLAN MACPHERSON TENT. Scots Day Out will be a day filled with fun, tartan, entertainment and events and it's free at Rosalind Park. Info: www.scotsdayout.com

17th March - Geelong Highland Gathering. CLAN MACPHERSON TENT. Victoria's largest and best Highland Gathering, presented by the Geelong Highland Gathering Association. This will be held at Goldsworthy Reserve, Goldsworthy Rd Corio. Events include the 2019 South Pacific Heavy Games Championships. For more information visit www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au.

31st March - Ringwood Highland Games, Ringwood - Wantirna, VIC. CLAN MACPHERSON TENT. Melbourne's only Highland Games with pipe bands, Scottish dancers, dogs, Clan and Scottish Stalls at J.W. Manson Reserve, Selkirk Ave. For more information visit www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org.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 - Brigadoon - The Bundanoon Highland Gathering. CLAN MACPHERSON TENT. This is Australia’s largest Scottish Event with pipe bands, singers, dancers, strong man competitions, Clan village, stalls and more. Info: 02 4883 7471 or www.brigadoon.org.au

19th - 20th April - 115th Maclean Highland Gathering at the Maclean Showground, Maclean, NSW. In the Scottish town of Australia with full pipe band and solo piping competitions, Highland dancers, stalls and more. Info: 0429 842 472 or www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

May 2019

2nd - 5th May - Australian Celtic Festival at Glen Innes, NSW. Celebrating Celtic culture amongst the Australian Standing Stones with music, a street parade, kirking of the Tartan, massed pipe bands, buskers, workshops, market stalls and Celtic foods. Info: www.australiancelticfestival.com

17th May - Robert Burns Festival - Camperdown, NSW. The festival celebrates Camperdown's unique link to Robert Burns and features a mix of international and local musicians, as well as a Burns lecture series each year. Info: 03 5593 7100 or www.camperdownburnsfestival.com.au

26th May - 2nd June - Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, Wingham NSW. Presented by Manning Valley Historical Society a week long program of Scottish themed events including a Scottish concert, dancing, Highland games, genealogy fair, highland games, ceilidh and more. Info: John 02 6556 9057 bonnie-wingham-scottish-festival.manninghistorical.org

June 2019

7th - 10th 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

9th June - Highland Cattle Show, Junee NSW. Highland cattle and Highland dancers, Clan tents and more. Info: www.australianhighlandcattle.org

23rd 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

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 2019

6th 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

20th 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

26th - 29th 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 2019

15th - 18th 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 2019

21st 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 2019

6th October - 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

12th 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 2019

7th December - Daylesford Highland Gathering in Victoria. For more information visit www.daylesfordhighland.com