Scottish Thistle Club of Victoria

The Scottish Resource Centre has a Scottish Thistle Club of Victoria Roll of Honour board. Searching the internet results in only 2 hits, one from The Argus in 1904 and the other in an academic paper from 2014, entitled “‘Warriors of Empire: popular imperialism and the Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898-1938′, Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 85, No. 1, 2014.”

The Snippet from The Argus on Wednesday 6th April 1904 is below.

Thistle Club ad from 1904Click to open full size.

The Argus is online at Trove, which is part of the National Library of Australia.  The actual page on Trove is here.

 The abstract for the academic paper is below.

Warriors of Empire: popular imperialism and the Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898-1938
Ben Wilkie
Through a case study of the Victorian Scottish Regiment, this article
investigates the way in which imperial experiences inluenced cultural
identities, and explores Scotland’s military traditions and their relationship
with Scottish culture in Australia. As organisations that operated under the
auspices of the government, Scottish regiments competed with emerging
Australian nationalism and, therefore, offer us the chance to place Scottish
identities in their early-twentieth century Australian cultural context. While
many celebrations of Scottish culture were harmless and sensible in relation
to Australian politics, culture, and society, the regiment’s maintenance of
Scottish identity was often far more assertive. Instances where the state
was involved with Scottish cultural maintenance, therefore, complicate and
nuance our understanding of how identity and culture was constructed and
maintained among Scots in the diaspora.


The Scottish Thistle club is mentioned on Pages 77 and 78.

“Australian Nationalism and the VSR, 1898–1919

The VSR was established in August 1898 following calls from the Scottish community and various societies—including the Scottish Thistle Clubs of Victoria, Footscray, and Williamstown, and the Caledonian Society
of Melbourne—for the raising of a Scottish military unit in the colony.”

“The Minister of Defence, William McCulloch, told the Scottish Thistle Club of Victoria: ‘He was not sure that it was desirable to create national distinctions in this colony where we are properly one nation. Nonetheless, McCulloch eventually agreed to the formation of a Scottish corps. This was despite the Council of Defence’s disapproval on the grounds of the regiment becoming a financial burden, but McCulloch argued: ‘it was sentiment and not a question of trifling pay … which actuated [Scottish men] in becoming members of the corps.’”

Personally, I wouldn’t be too sure about the Scots not worrying about the pay, trifling or otherwise.

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Scottish Language quiz

The quiz is right here.

And I expect that all of you will get 10 out of 10 !!


For the record, I got 9/10. ;)

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Fast facts about Saint Andrew #2

With St. Andrew’s day fast approaching here’s some quick fast facts about the Patron Saint of Scotland.

  • St Andrew’s Day is a bank holiday in Scotland but entitlement to leave depends on the employer
  • St Andrew is also the patron saint of Romania, Greece and Russia
  • Scotland is one of the few countries to have one of Christs disciples as their patron saint
  • St Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of St Peter
  • St Andrew is believed to have died on a diagonally transversed cross which the Romans sometimes used for executions and which, therefore, came to be called St Andrews Cross
  • St Andrew’s Day is connected with Advent, which begins on the first Sunday after November 26


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The animated story of St. Andrew’s.

Animated story of St Andrew

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