Ranald MacDonnell of Glengarry, Sir Ian Macdonald of Sleat, Lord Macdonald of Macdonald, High Chief of ClanDonald, Ranald Macdonald of Clanranald, The Earl of Antrim, Chief of the McDonnell’s of Antrim
Newsletter Winter 2015
In October 2014, I announced my wish to retire from the position of High Commissioner for Clan Donald Australia and asked each of the states to put forward a candidate for a replacement.
In April 2015, at the CDA meeting in Bundanoon, Mr Lachlan Macdonald State Commissioner Clan Donald NSW was nominated for the position of High Commissioner Clan Donald Australia by Mr A. Neil Macdonald, Commissioner CDA Qld and seconded by Ms Therese McCutcheon, Commissioner CDSA, this was put to a vote and carried.
Lachie has submitted his CV to Clan Donald Australia, and this was forwarded to the Clan Donald Chiefs by the CDA secretary, along with my letter of recommendation, through the auspices of Mr Rob McDonald Parker.
As you all know July 1 is the start of the new financial year and in Australia is celebrated as Tartan Day, as date chosen in Britain to repeal the Acts of Proscription, an auspicious date indeed. It was for all those reasons; that we chose the 1 July for the recognition of a changing of the guard in Clan Donald Australia.
I congratulate Lachie on his appointment, I know that Lachie will excel in the management of CDA, and thank him for the years of service which he has already put towards Clan Donald.
High Commissioner Clan Donald Australia
As this is my last report as High Commissioner, I will commence by expressing my thanks to each and every one of you for your support during my term(s) in this office, and a special thanks to Lachie for his keen eye and sharp wit.
I also thank the High Council of Chiefs for their patience and forbearance.
October 2014 saw the Clan Donald Australia commissioners gather in SA, along with some delegates, to attend the Annual Clan Donald luncheon and I took this chance to install and welcome the newly appointed CDSA Commissioner Ms Therese McCutcheon, a delightful addition to the CDA team, I was absolutely thrilled to present a certificate to Therese in recognition. This weekend was the same time as another event in SA, the Rolling Stones concert, so accommodation light on the ground, flights expensive and venues rare so our hosts in SA resorted to holding an impromptu dinner on the Saturday evening at the Bombay Bicycle Club, an interesting evening, where we held our meeting and had a meal in great company. The following day we attended the luncheon at the Yacht Club, with a photo to mark the occasion, congratulations to CDSA for the organisation of the weekend , especially mention Mr Michael and Mrs Eileen Murphy who always go the extra mile to ensure that guests are well looked after.
The start of April saw us on the road to Bundanoon, where I was invited to be Chieftain for the Day. Thursday 9th April on the Hume to Goulburn, with my cousin Lindsay Macdonald in tow, the little red Suzuki performed well. After a brief stay overnight in Goulburn, we proceeded to Bundanoon, where Lindsay stayed at Killarney House with the Clan Donald people, whilst we travelled to Moss Vale to be housed at Dormie House on the Golf Course.
On Friday evening after meeting up with Syd and Brenda Finlay from the Bundanoon committee, we travelled to Bundanoon for a Clan Donald Australia meeting. Attempting to Skype our delegates in SA and WA was fraught with pitfalls, however the meeting proceeded, with discussion lively on so many levels.
The notable things to report from that meeting were: my retirement from High Commissioner for Australia was accepted, a new High Commissioner Elect was appointed, Mr Lachlan Macdonald, this appointment has been ratified by the chiefs in Scotland.
The next thing was that CDA has a new secretary. And lastly, Clan Donald Australia will be hosting an Australasian Forum for the Clan Donald societies in New Zealand and Australia in March 2016, levering off the Geelong Gathering
Saturday, with a mist and the golfers up early, we stood outside to wait for our ride, in comes a 4 wheel drive Rural Fire ute, and I think that we are going “lights and bells”, not so, we were chauffeured to the Games in Brigadoon by a 1926 Dodge, no seat belts, leather seats, which had us sliding from side to side every time we turned a corner, at a top speed of 50kms, no heating, the “royal wave” well practiced, we lead the parade of clans and pipe bands into the ground.
Along with Mr Syd Findlay and Brenda, Syd’s wife, we were both able to represent Clan Donald at what is in my opinion the largest Highland Gathering in Australia, meeting so many people who share our heritage proudly.
My special thanks goes to the children who attended the day in so many capacities – you are the future of this and many other gatherings which signify our collective heritage, keep it up!
Saturday evening saw us back in Bundanoon, after a rushed meal and a bit of a rest, to attend the Ceilidh. At least 150 people in the hall, with a bush band and the address to the (roasted) haggis. I did learn something, according to the person doing the address the reason why females should not perform the address the haggis, which I have to ask our resident haggis addressee for verification, so I need to speak to George before I spill the beans.
Sunday saw us back on the road again back to Melbourne, many thanks to those from Clan Donald and other Scots who supported me during the weekend, to Lindsay for assisting with the drive and the people at Bundanoon for the honour.
My apologies to WA for my non attendance at your luncheon, unfortunately in my capacity as a serving member of the Victoria Police my roster has a habit of getting in the way of social occasions, as my wife will testify.
Once again, many thanks to you for your support, kinship, and for the honour of representing you all in this capacity.
High Commissioner Clan Donald Australia (retired)
The year has again been a busy and eventful one for Clan Donald NSW and Clan Donald Australia, with many memorable highlights along with sadness and a few disappointments. We farewell many old friends who will be long remembered, and in welcoming new members we hope to continue building the essential infrastructure that will carry the Society well into the future. Despite a fall in subscription renewals, fewer new members joining, aging members, the Society membership is strong and financially healthy.
Clan Donald NSW can reflect on a successful year as a result of the Councils and members involvement. The support, encouragement, exchange of views and opinions within Clan Donald, not only in NSW but across all State Societies, is strong, positive and forward looking - the vehicle for unity continued growth and continued success.
The highlight of 2014 for Wilga and me was our three month visit to Scotland affording us the opportunity to promote the Australian Diaspora, meet family and friends. At Bannockburn we received a warm welcome from the Clan Chiefs - High Chief of Clan Donald Lord Macdonald and Lady Clair, Chief of Glengarry Ranald Macdonell, the Chamberlain to the High Council, Rob and Marion McDonald Parker, President Clan Donald Highlands and Islands, Allan Ranald Macdonald, Hon Secretary Lois Macdonell, and many more distinguished individuals from all corners of the Diaspora. At the 2014 Welcome Home week in Arisaig we had the privilege of an invitation to the 80th Birthday celebration for Ranald Macdonald, Captain of Clan Ranald where we were warmly welcomed by the Captain and his immediate family and friends. We had the pleasure of conveying best wishes from Clan members in Australia and directed by the Chiefs to convey their sincere best wishes to their Australian Clan family. Never to be forgotten are the local families who opened their hearts and doors to us, making our brief visit more memorable. Clan Donald Australia with representation from Victoria, NSW and Queensland will long be remembered and I am certain that when we return a friendly welcome awaits.
The Societies AGM was held on 30th August 2014 and Lachlan Macdonald was re-elected at President and Wilga Macdonald as Hon Secretary, Shelia O'Loughlin continued as Hon. Treasurer. Elizabeth Macdonald elected as Assistant Hon. Secretary, John Currie and Robert English elected as Vice Presidents and two new Councillors elected.
In Early September the Society attended the Gathering of the Clans at Norah Head and later in the month, Clan on the Coast, at Nelson Bay. The Norah Head event held on a local sports ground, was well attended and according to the organiser, bigger than the previous year. The Nelson Bay event, also held on similar ground appeared to have lost support.
September Scottish House held a "2014 Welcome Home BBQ" in South Sydney and Wilga and I represented Clan Donald. The event was well attended and most enjoyable.
I attended the South Australia Lunch and the CD Australia Meeting where the High Commissioner Norman Macdonald installed Therese McCutcheon as the State Commissioner for South Australia. Therese was warmly welcomed and presented with her Certificate. Commissioner Certificates were also presented to Pamela McDonald, West Australia and Neil Macdonald, Queensland.
The Canberra Highland Games in October was again a successful event, and considerable growth was evident.
In November Clan Donald NSW held their final General meeting for 2014. Issues discussed at the meeting included the proposed ANZAC Conference, election of delegates to CD Australia, the issues relating to holding a Christmas function. The meeting agreed it be deferred to mid 2015.
Our first event in 2015 was the Australia Day Celebration located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, a million dollar view. The Day well attend by both young and old, a pleasure to see young Clan Donald sharing the joy of kinship.
In March a General Meeting was held to discuss and plan for Bundanoon, the 2016 Australia New Zealand Forum and Celebration of CDNSW 50th anniversary. A special note of thanks to Jan Macdonald for all her hard work compiling the information for the Forum.
Despite the inclement weather, the Bundanoon Gathering was once again an event not to miss. On this occasion Norman Macdonald, CDA High Commissioner was the Chieftain of the event, and well supported by Clan Donald members. My sincere thanks go the Zapirain family, their effort and contribution to their Clan, and indeed the event is greatly appreciated. Thank you Lucette. Regretfully we were unsuccessful in claiming the Spirit of the day Trophy for the third year.
Prior to the Saturday event a Clan Donald Australia Meeting, chaired by Norman Macdonald was held on Friday evening with sufficient members present to form a quorum. Regretfully a reliable link to WA and SA was not possible due to extremely poor internet service. In general business Jan Macdonald was proposed, seconded and accepted as Clan Donald Australia Hon.Secretary. Congratulations Jan. Lachlan Macdonald was proposed, seconded and accepted subject to Scotland approval as High Commissioner. There was no change to the State delegates.
Clan Donald was represented in the ANZAC Day March by young Marcus Zapirain, and he is to be commended for his effort. "An old head on young shoulders." Wilga and I travelled Wilga and I travelled to Glen Innes in support of Clan Donald Queensland and despite unsettled weather the event registered success. The Standing Stones festival is well supported by Clan Donald Queensland and I welcome their involvement. Thank you to Commissioner Neil Macdonald and his team. In 2016 the Manx Society is the represented Celtic Nation.
The Skype link to discuss and finalise the Australia/New Zealand Forum was surprisingly successful enabling direct communication with all State Societies. The information relating to the event has been emailed to each member and for those without email printed information will be sent with the June Newsletter.
At the May General Meeting the attendees were presented, in Power Point form, detail relating to the 2016 Australia New Zealand forum. Details of the Form has been emailed to all members and by surface mail to all members with email.
The members were reminded of the forth coming AGM and asked to seriously consider nomination for executive positions and council membership.
The Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival at which Clan Donald was the Honoured Clan, and Lachlan Macdonald the Chieftain of the event was a major success with over 5000 attending, 5 pipe bands and 11 clans. Breakfasts, Mayors reception, Scots Fun Night, Grand Scotch Ball, and a special Lunch for Clan Donald accounted for a very busy week. The initial support from the members can only be described as dismal, and the support from the ACT and Queensland greatly appreciated. Throughout the morning a few members did appear. I can appreciate the members absence, distance, three day event and expensive. Attendance and visibility at such events is essential in maintaining our credibility, promoting our heritage and culture.
In June I was booked to fly to Perth for the Society's annual lunch, but on medical advice, advising not to fly I regretfully postponed the trip. My apologies to Pamela and her members and I have rebooked for August. The back problem also prevented me from attending the July Aberdeen Highland Games.
The Society published quarterly Newsletter, distributed by email and by surface mail to members without email. We endeavour to keep the members of local and overseas issues, events and general information. Many requests to the members to contribute have met with silence.
2014/15 was a busy and eventful years for Clan Donald NSW and Clan Donald Australia, with many memorable highlights along with sadness and a few disappointments. We farewell many old friends and welcome the new members, who's stewardship will steer the Society through the years ahead. Despite continuing issues collecting overdue subscriptions, fewer members joining, the membership remains strong with over 180 registered. The year ahead holds many challenges, all achievable if we work together.
The Societies 2015 AGM is scheduled for 18th July and the members have been encouraged to nominate for council.
Clan Donald Australia is no longer just a dream and is now a functioning reality creating a direct conduit to Scotland and an opportunity for members around Australia to come together as one. I hope that other members feel as I do that this is a wonderful and exciting time where we the Australian based descendants of Clan Donald come together to share our heritage and embrace a unified sense of identity and family just as our ancestors have done in Scotland for so many generations.
I take this opportunity to applaud the vision, determination and drive shown by Norman Macdonald in creating a united Clan Donald. On behalf of NSW/ACT members I extend sincere thanks for many years of dedicated service to Clan Donald
State Commissioner NSW/ACT
Clan Donald Queensland’s presence at Scottish /Celtic events during 2014/15 is testament to the great support of our passionate team, willing and able to pitch in when required.
In August we were ably represented by Rod and Beryl Macdonald at Scots in the Bush in Boondooma, 350kms north-west of Brisbane where they celebrated the Scottish heritage of the area. We are planning to be there in greater numbers this year.
Our visit to Adelaide in 14 was particularly enjoyable with the completion of our Australian body with the installation of Therese McCutcheon as State Commissioner for Clan Donald South Australia.
The first event in 2015 was the Annual Burns Night held at the Gaythorne RSL. In March we attended the inaugural Mt Mee Scottish/Irish night a thoroughly enjoyable event and one that deserves our ongoing support.
April of course means Bundanoon and a wonderful event it was, with Clan Donald, Norman as Chieftain of the Day and Jan given the red carpet treatment for the weekend. The day started out wet but the sun came out before the march and it turned out to be a great day. The Clan Donald kids once again looked brilliant in their costumes and “Nessie” was a huge hit with the crowd. Good support and a great atmosphere made it a truly memorable event.
After the disappointment of 2014 Glen Innes overcame most of its previous challenges and with a bit of help from the weather, returned to the enjoyable event we have come to expect. We were busy in the tent with a lot of enquiries for Queensland and New South Wales resulting in several new members.
Bonnie Wingham gave us yet another reason to celebrate the Great Clan Donald. Everything about this delightful mid north coast town from the local area tour through to the village green atmosphere of the Highland Gathering with its oozing Scottish charm reminds us of recent visits to our homeland. The Manning Valley on the mid coast of NSW with its rich Scottish heritage provides the perfect venue for one of the best gatherings of the year. As the Clan of Honour, Clan Donald was ably represented by Deputy High Commissioner Lachlan Macdonald as Chieftain and his wife Wilga. From the Mayoral Reception through to the Combined Scottish Lunch and Ceilidh, Clan Donald was honoured for its contribution both past and present in this beautiful part of the world. This very enjoyable (and educational) event celebrates and honours our forefathers who left Scotland to help make this land what it is today. Our thanks go to Eric Richardson and the Committee for making this a truly memorable event that Clan Donald will never forget.
The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular at Boonah a new event in Queensland was well supported with special thanks to Rod and Beryl Macdonald, Jim Macdonald and Judy for the great job done while I was in Wingham. I believe the Clydesdale decked out in Clan Donald Tartan was something special and look forward to seeing it next year.
Judy continues to be creative, recently putting together a 116 page book on the Castles of Clan Donald. Malcolm McDonald, Toiseach Finlaggan Council, has given his approval, Judy has achieved this and the finished product it is a credit to her, we have recently sent a copy to The Captain of Clanranald who had expressed support for such a project.
Clan Donald Queensland’s growth and success as part of the Great Clan Donald is a direct result of the untiring support of my dear Judy and a wonderful group of Kith and Kin, our clan family.
C.D.S.A.has had busy year so far.
FEB. Mt Barker Highland Gathering. Was attended by the state commissioner & the President, Vice President & other members of the committee we had a good day, the weather was good.
MARCH. C.D.S.A. had there annual picnic ,It was well attended
APRIL. The State Commissioner & Vice President attended Bundanoon Highland Gathering in N.S.W.
MAY. The committee & other members of C.D.S.A. attended the Clan Campbell Annual Luncheon .
June. C.D.S.A. Attended the Highland Cattle association show. At Mt Pleasant In the Adelaide hills. The weather was bitterly cold, I was glad to see the end of the day.
12 of June Eileen & I went to Perth to Attend the C.D.W.A.Annual Luncheon. At Campbell Barracks Home of the SAS
21 of June. C.D.S.A. Attended Clan MacNeil annual Luncheon.
In between all this Eileen & I have attended several Highland Dancing Comps
We are getting ready for our A.G.M. 2nd AUG 2015
M.G.MURPHY PRESIDENT C.D.S.A.
Following the SA Luncheon, November saw us on the road to the Beechworth Celtic Festival, which runs for three days, we however went only for the Saturday, to support the Balmoral highland dancers and to march down the main street with the banner unfurled. I was honoured to be able to present trophies to the winners for the day, and purchase a lot of honey products. Later in November we celebrated the end of classes for the year with the members of the CDV, and to present some Christmas gifts to our friends in the Glenbrae Celtic Dancers in appreciation for their support during the year.
In my absence, on the 16th November our secretary took the Clan into the Immigration Museum for the Scots wa ha, the displays for this event were to stay for six months, remaining till May 2015.
2015 saw the Clan Macdonald Yarraville celebrating 160 years in Australia, with a reunion event which took up a weekend of socialising, kirking and lots of talking, many thanks to those members who took the time to attend, and thanks to the organisers. We have also been featured in a book written about the CSR in Yarraville, since it has been said to work at the “Sugarworks” you had to be a Mason, a Macdonald or an Elso, a copy of the book was donated to the Clan by the author, and has pride of place in the Clan Library.
Later in November, I had to “second” our members, Lilian Ganderton and Stewart Williamson to attend the Mornington Peninsula St Andrews celebration, as this evening was being held on a Friday evening, working until after 5.00pm and the distance to the venue, we would not have able to get there before 8.00pm with the starting time 6.30pm, it simply was not feasible for us to attend.
In December the Clan tent was erected at Dayleford on a fine, sunny day, there was however a capricious little breeze which took a couple of tents for a walk, as they weren’t pegged down.
December also saw us taking in a Highland Dancing concert in which our eldest granddaughter, Skye, had a part. Cute but needs lots of practice. On the second Friday we held a dinner for the Clan Donald Victoria, in Williamstown, where we all ate way too much, and had to go for a walk along the foreshore afterwards.
New Year’s Eve saw us in Maryborough for the Highland Gathering and the Hogmanay party, with our friends from the Clan Sinclair.
January saw us attending Robert Burns celebrations in Mornington and the Treasury Gardens, Australia Day Parade and the start of the Highland Dancing comps for 2016.
February came and more Burns Suppers, Bendigo Day Scots Day out, the commencement of the CDV dance classes, and the second Skye Social for the Clan Donald Victoria, many thanks to the Victorian Multicultural Commission for their financial backing, this certainly helps to defray costs.
March saw the Geelong Highland Gathering, and the Clan Tent was there too, with a good contingent supporting CDV and Clan Macdonald Yarraville in force, a whisky tasting tent, and the Geelong mayor a very “colourful” character indeed.
April began with the Ringwood Highland Gathering, a great day, many thanks to the organiser and convenor, Mrs Sue MacLeod for the hard work. 2016 marks the 50th year for this gathering.
On 2nd May after working all day I was able to get to the Clans and Societies Tartan Ball, a late arrival due to family commitments, tiredness taking a toll on both of us – the Swing Waltz was more swing than Waltz.
My apologies to the Robert Burns Club for not being able to attend the Pleasant Afternoon, and my deepest apologies to our eldest grand-daughter Skye who by all accounts stole the show in her first dance out on the day. I would like to thank two very special young ladies from GlenBrae, Kelsey and Bridget who are taking the time to take young Skye under their wing, and to Bernadette who takes the time each week to ensure that her pupil is behaving.
It was in May that we lost a great friend and mentor, Mrs Lorna Hocking, our piper’s good lady. Lorna will be sadly missed as she was a “patron” of the highland dancing community, having danced in competition with my aunts, Myrtle and Marion many a time. Our deepest sympathies to Bruce and his family. May also saw the passing of Margaret Stewart, the last link with Andrew “Tootie” McDonald, a longtime member of Clan Donald and the previous State Commissioner for Victoria.
June saw the clan tent set up at Portarlington for the National Celtic Festival. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to my work commitments, however the Clan Hon Chief Christina and our secretary were able to erect the three tents, and set up the display on the Friday afternoon. On Saturday, they were assisted by John and Sophie Biggs, with help from Tom and Peg, then on Sunday a return visit from Tom and Peg.
On Monday I was able to get down there, but so was the wind. With 40 knot winds from the north picking up during the day, most of the tents were broken down by 12.30 with assistance from Bernadette Rae, Chris Spencer and Neil Douglas, along with some more of their friends, pole dancing, hanging onto tent canopies and frames we were able to get the displays down without loss of life or limb, thanks to our helpers, your assistance greatly appreciated.
We appreciate the chance given to the clans to represent at the Celtic Festival, this year and certainly hope that we can do this again in 2016.
Later in June, we attended the Scottish Country Dance social at Newport, a little light on for numbers but a great time, new dances and a great, well supplied afternoon tea.
The last weekend of June, was spent on the Friday evening attending the Brunswick Scottish Society’s Grand Ceilidh, then racing up to Kilmore for the following morning at the Celtic Festival, which runs for two days. Many thanks to Lindsay for making the time come up on Saturday and to Peg who attended on Sunday.
During the year our dance classes for Clan Donald Victoria continue to run every Friday evening, in Gardenvale and Clan Macdonald Yarraville hold many social events and supporting many organisations in the Scottish community throughout Victoria.
The clan societies in Victoria extend a hearty welcome to all the clans folk who intend to take part in the Forum during March 2016, and thank those of you who have already “booked” your accommodation for that weekend.
Greeting to you all from Clan Donald WA.
Here in the West we have been kept quite busy.
February we introduced our “Friends of Clan Donald WA” for those who like all things Scottish and are interested in their Heritage but do not have their Clan here in WA. This has proven to be very popular with folk.
April we attended the All Clan’s Picnic which is held here in Kings Park every year. All Clans represented here gather and have a great day chatting and sharing “what’s happening” with in their clan.
May I flew to New Zealand and attended the AGM in Dunedin. This was interesting and the dinner following was enjoyed my CD members from all over New Zealand.
June saw us again at the SAS House for our Annual luncheon. A huge amount of work takes place leading up to our Main event. It is becoming more popular each year. Over 65 clans folk and friend joined us at this fantastic venue for one of the most amazing feasts to be enjoyed by all.
Also in June CDWA members attended the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan at Chester’s Restaurant in the Swan Valley. This is held by the Scottish Heritage Centre each year.
August, members of CDWA met for a breakfast at the Grand Boulevard Scottish Café in Joondalup. Those who attended tucked into the Full Scottish breakfast on offer to them. It was a great relaxing way to catch up and relax.
In September we were again back at the Biggest Gathering held annually here in Perth. The Armadale Gathering. It attracts approximately 15,000 people. Each year has proven to be a bigger success for CDWA .The interest shown in our displays in on the increase. Not to mention the new members it attracts.
October I flew to Adelaide to attend the CD South Australia which was a lovely day as always. As all Commissioners and the High Commissioner attended it was the perfect opportunity to hold a Clan Donald Australia meeting which was very successful.
November CDWA held their AGM. This was a successful meeting.
December we had a Chrissy gathering here at my home. This was attended by both full members & Social members. CDWA catered for the day and it a great Social get together which was enjoyed by all who came.
March ’15 was our 1st meeting for the year. Lots of planning was discussed for our Luncheon along with general business.
April we attended the All Clan’s picnic in Kings Park. We had a couple of new members join in on the day.
June saw us back at the SAS “House “for our Annual luncheon yet again. This was even bigger than last year. It is becoming more & more popular and we are beginning to run out of room … But we are always asked by those who join us on our day if we are “coming back next year”. The venue is a Major attraction. To have access to the SAS House someone needs to have a contact in the SAS. That’s Me !
This year the Kirkin ‘O’ the Tartan was cancelled due to lack of numbers…
Armadale is where we will be again on September 13th this year. It is sure to be another great event which also included the very popular Kilt Run which last year saw entrant’s from overseas competing.
Clan Donald WA would like to send their very best wishes to all members Australia wide.
It Is No Joy Without Clan Donald
Pam McDonald President/ Commissioner
To commence this report, I would like to thank Pam McDonald from WA for her invaluable assistance in getting the Forum off the ground in NZ, this has lifted a lot of the work load and as Pam was instrumental in the previous conference which took place in NZ, utilises a great deal of Pam’s contacts.
The forum goes ahead in leaps and bounds: there has been a great response to the initial invitation to attend, and I have been able to secure a booking for dinner for the Friday evening in Camperdown. The ladies and gents from Rotary in Camperdown have agreed to provide a light meal at the Uniting Church Hall in Camperdown at the cost to us of $15 per head. Having also secured a small bus which is electric wheelchair friendly at a good price has kept the price of transport down, as well.
We have had a lot of interest from the members of Clan Donald Victoria, especially the newer members, so the ladies from the committee of CDV will have many willing hands to assist.
The pipes and drums of the Ambulance Victoria Pipe Band, several members of which are entertaining Her Majesty at Balmoral after the Edinburgh Tattoo, have expressed an interest in attending our Ceilidh at Marcus Hill, and the young dancers from Glenbrae and Geelong Scottish Dance will be attending.
That’s the latest update, and I thank you all for the honour of representing you in the capacity of secretary to CDA.
Clan Donald Australia recognises the valuable assistance provided to our societies through DSS, OMAC, along with affiliations with Victorian Scottish Union, Scots of Victoria CoOrdinating Group, Scottish Heritage Group, Celtic Council