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
JULY 1 2016
Clan Donald Australia proudly recognises the changing of the guard in the ranks in welcoming our new High Commissioner Mr Lachlan Macdonald, from Clan Donald NSW.
Lachlan Macdonald's credentials:
I was born on 22nd May 1944 in the small village of Balivanich on the Island of Benbecula in the Western Isles of Scotland, the oldest of 5 children to Donald Alexander and Marion Christina Macdonald. My paternal grandfather and, great grandfather were from the village of Bracadale , Duirinish Region on the Isle of Skye. Both of my parents lived on Benbecula, and two brothers and sister still reside on the Island. I am a native Gaelic speaker, the family tongue of our ancestors. I have been married for over 40 years with a family of two sons, Donald and Bruce, and five grand children.
I attended the local primary school, followed by high school Alva Academy, Alva, Clackmannanshire and tertiary at the Watt Memorial Naval College, (Strath Clyde University Campus) Greenock. Over the years I completed various tertiary courses at James Watt College, Greenock, Napier College Edinburgh, Hull Technical College, Macquarie School of Graduate Management, Sydney.
In 1963, on graduating from Marine College I join the Merchant Navy as a Radio Officer and served on a verity of ships; passenger/cargo, ferries, tankers, bulk carriers, and even a private yacht - a most interesting posting where I had the unique opportunity to meet and socialise with many of the Royal Families of Europe. My career in the Merchant Marine gave me the opportunity to travel, visiting many interesting and exciting places, meeting and socialising with a broad cross section of culture and society.
In 1970 I left the Merchant Navy and for 3 years was employment as an Instrument Technician at the Hunterston Nuclear Power Station, West Kilbride Ayrshire. In 1973 I joined National Semi Conductor, a major semiconductor manufacturing company and through effort and ability winning promotion to the position of Senior Test Supervisor, with responsibility and accountability for the management of over 300+ staff consisting of supervisory and operation staff.
In 1977 my wife and I emigrated to Australia in 1977 and settled on the central coast of NSW.
My first employment in Australia was with Automatic Totalisators, (ATL) Meadowbank NSW, a company designing, and manufacturing and marketing computerised race course wagering systems. The work involved extensive travel within Australia and South East Asia, meeting the demands emanating from the “Sport of Kings" requiring strong technical, diplomatic and social skills, in order to represent the Company in all aspects of the business.
I joined Sperry Univac in 1982 in an Engineering Management position, gaining promotion to NSW State Manger and subsequently Acting Customer Services Director. In 1986 an aggressive acquisition by Burroughs Corporation created the current Unisys and after a period of two years I resigned and with the family returned to Scotland for business reasons.
Despite a successful 3 year period in Scotland, progress towards established original business goals were progressively delayed or deferred and the decision to return to Australia in 1991 was not too difficult to arrive at. The period was an educational experience for my two sons, who experienced firsthand the society and culture of their family heritage.
On returning to Australia in 1991 I formed my own IT Company, Auststor Pty Ltd , specialising in sourcing archival data storage technologies, targeting niche markets. The nature of the business required extensive and regular travel that allowed me to maintain contact with Scotland, family and friends. I was the Managing Director up to the time of my retirement in 2012.
I had the honour and privilege of becoming an Australian Citizen in 1983; In 1997 I was appointed Australian Ambassador for the Highlands and Islands Development Board; I am member of the Australia Computer Society; a member of the Association of Image Management, A member of the Masonic Lodge; A life member of the Clan Donald Land Trust; a member of the National Heritage (Scotland); a member of the Scottish Australian Heritage Council; a Member of Scottish House; a Member of the Combined Scottish Association.
I first joined Clan Donald in 1982, and although my interest in my Heritage never waned, unfortunately, extensive travel and family demands prevented me from maintaining regular contact and I allowed my membership to lapse. I rejoined in 2008 and I am currently the Deputy High Commissioner for Clan Donald Australia.
My interest in Clan Donald extends beyond NSW and I see a vibrant pulse not just within Clan Donald Australia but across the "Global Family." Throughout this period, Clan Donald NSW has seen considerable change; growth in membership, interest in heritage, growing youth involvement, increased social interaction, and caring for our aging membership. This has not been achieved by one single individual, but with the help of the Clan family, at home and abroad, a strong resilient Team and the members efforts in difficult times in promoting the values of our culture and heritage. I am proud to claim a small part in this achievement.
In the summer of 2014 my wife and I have the pleasure of meeting Lord and Lady Macdonald, Ranald Macdonald of Glengarry, Ranald Macdonald Captain of Clan Ranald. We enjoyed renewing old acquaintances, and meeting new ones.
In my endeavours to further the growth of Clan Donald I have been ably supported by my wife Wilga, who's vision and enthusiasm never fails to surprise me and with her support I see a strong future for our Clan and heritage.
Yours in Clanship,
Lachlan N Macdonald
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