Scottish Heritage Week kicks off in Australia
Hundreds of people from across Australia will come together to celebrate Scotland this weekend.
The Scottish Australian Heritage Council will host events for Scottish Heritage week from Saturday 18 June to Thursday 23 June in various locations across the country.
Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, a descendant of Rob Roy, is flying over from Scotland for the week of festivities with his wife Lady MacGregor of MacGregor as the Heritage Council’s honoured guests.
The Scottish Highland Festival at St Leonard’s Park in Sydney will kick of the week of events and will include a parade of massed bands, a kids and adult kilt dash and stalls set up by different clans which will be selling a variety of Scottish food, heirlooms books and souvenirs.
Other events happening across the week include: Scotland Australian Cairn Inspection ceremony in Mosman, a parliamentary lunch to commemorate International Tartan Day on the 1st of July and the Aberdeen Highland Games in Aberdeen, New South Wales.
Two history talks which have been arranged by the Sydney Society of Scottish History will also take place to mark the week.
Professor Elizabeth Ewan from Guelph University in Canada will talk about ‘A delinquent youth in sixteenth century Glasgow’ on Saturday 18 June and Dr Alison Holland from Macquarie University will discuss “A Scottish Inheritance? Mary Bennett, the aboriginal cause and legacies of past.”
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