I hope that all of our members have had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year break, understanding that for some, local climatic conditions have been challenging. As the ‘Year-After’ our large gathering last year, it is time to move to the next stages and growth of our clan. This particularly includes building on the work from last year and also planning to attend next year’s gathering in Scotland between 30th July and 2nd August 2020, to be held at Achnacarry Castle, home of Lochiel, our Chief.
We are continuing to build on the momentum and interest generated by the Forum at last years’ gathering. Lynne Cameron has collated an initial draft of Cameron family stories which include contributions from descendants of a number of early Cameron settlers to Australia in the 19th Century as well as stories from more recent 20th Century immigrants who have provided their stories in their own words. Some histories go back 300 years. Those stories which we have received to date provide wonderful reading and insight into the backgrounds and experiences of those who moved across the world. I hope that, with the approval of the authors, we can publish some of these stories in future editions of our newsletter and also encourage others to contribute their own stories. We have a plan to collate all of those received into a bound copy to be presented to the Cameron Museum at the time of the 2020 gathering in Scotland to provide an ongoing reference document.
To capitalise on interest in and awareness of Clan Cameron across Australia through the development of local clusters we would like to receive expressions of interest from members who would like to spearhead interest in a local region. Initially we see the opportunity to build local groups for occasional informal activities and to develop and maintain links between Camerons residing in all states. Please let Commissioner James L Cameron or myself know if you are able to act as a local contact for a regional initiative in your area.
The committee is very keen to broaden and improve our web presence, but we desperately need at least one technically savvy person who could assist in updating and upgrading our website. Again, please let James L Cameron or myself know if you would be willing and able to assist in maintaining our website.
Information on forthcoming gatherings will be provided in more detail but for the moment here are some 2019 dates for your diaries where Clan Cameron will participate.
- 6th April 2019 Bundanoon Highland Gathering – Clan Cameron will be represented at the gathering with our tent and will participate in the street march.
- 2nd to 5th May 2019 Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes
- 25th April 2019 Anzac Day – Scottish Act of Remembrance and wreath laying, Martin Place, Sydney
- 6th July 2019 Aberdeen Highland Games
- 18th August 2019 Clan Cameron NSW Inc. function – details and venue to be advised
I hope you will consider coming to at one or more of the above events. They provide opportunities to commemorate and celebrate our shared Scottish history, to meet with Clan Cameron members, and to enjoy great Scottish cultural traditions.