Clan Donnachaidh Society New South Wales, Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer: Gordon Robertson

Clan Donnachaidh Society New South Wales, Inc
INC9886335, ABN72 935 485 467
Registered address:
58/157 Marconi Rd. Bonnells Bay NSW 2264

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About Us

Clan Donnachaidh Society New South Wales, Inc., an incorporated Association in NSW, promotes the history, heritage, traditions and sentiments of Clan members in NSW, from Scotland and elsewhere in the world, through gatherings,education, research, publications, and maintaining records & sites (e.g. Cairn on Robertson Point, Sydney).

Clan Donnachaidh Society New South Wales, Inc. is related as a "Branch" of the Clan Donnachaidh Society in Scotland, which for over a hundred years has promoted the welfare of families scattered through the United Kingdom after Culloden, and later clearances in Scotland, throughout the world with migration to Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere where there are now branches.

The Clan name comes from Gaelic, the native language in the 19th century of families, and associated descendants, from Donnachaidh or Duncan, 7th C and an abbot of Iona, also 'Robert Kings', with principal names Robertson, Duncan and Reid, plus many sept names including: Collier, Connachie, Dobbie, Donachie, Duncanson, Hobson, Inches, MacConachie, MacInroy, MacIvor, MacRobert, Robbie, Robson, Roy, Stark and Tonnochy. English spelling did not become standardized until well into the 19 th century.

The Clan Donnachaidh Centre is in Scotland at Bruar, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TW, and is run by the Clan Donnachaidh society, now a British Guarantee Company.

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Annual Report of New South Wales Branch - Year ended 31 December 2012

The New South Wales Branch of the Clan Donnachaidh Society was represented at a number of Scottish festivities during 2012.

Our involvement commenced on 31 January at a dinner in Sydney, to commemorate the birthday of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who was Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. Governor Lachlan Macquarie was the first to officially use the name Australia to identify the colony and is also known as the Father of Australia.

We were present at the Bundanoon Highland Games, on 21 April, and our President, Jim Reid represented the Clan at the march of the Clans and Bands to the Cenotaph in Sydney on Anzac Day, 25 April 2012.

The Clan was well represented at the Celtic Festival at Glen Innes in early May and we had the pleasure of meeting Del Paton from Brisbane, Queensland and her husband, Dick and daughter, Katrina.

The next gathering at which the Clan was represented was the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival at the beginning of June.

During Scottish week in Sydney, during June, conducted by the Scottish Australian Heritage Council Inc, our President, together with other Clan members paraded the Clan Banner at the inspection of the Scotland Australia Cairn at Mosman and at the “Kirkin O the Tartan” at Annandale and also at the “Kirkin” Service at Scots Kirk Mosman.

We were unable to be represented at the Aberdeen Highland Games held on 7 July, also part of Scottish week.

Unfortunately there were a number of activities at which we could not be represented this year, namely the Toukley Scottish Festival in August; the Clans on the Coast at Nelson Bay in September; and the Combined Scottish Games at Castle Hill in November.

However, we were represented at the Helidon Scottish Festival in Queensland in October and the Beardies Festival held at Glen Innes in November, by our representative in northern N S W.

The New South Wales Branch Annual General meeting was held on 1 December at the home of Jim and Marlene Reid.

Jim Reid was re-elected President, Rev. Will Robertson Vice President, Gordon Robertson Secretary/Treasurer and George Robertson Dryden as a Committee member. Our Clan Chaplain Rev. Roger Reid and our Clan Piper John Coombs were re-elected. Approaches had been made to other members to consider serving on the committee, with no avail.

At the Annual General Meeting, President Jim thanked all members for their support during the year and said he expected to enter the new year with increased efforts to promote the Clan with younger prospective members who might be interested in joining.

We rounded off the year with the “Kirkin O the Tartan” at St Stephens Church Sydney on 2 December, to commemorate St Andrews Day.

Greetings to the Clan members in all the Branches of the Clan Donnachaidh Society, throughout the world.

Gordon Robertson, Secretary