Maryborough Highland Games 2015

Join the annual Maryborough Highland Gathering on New Years Day, which commenced with the White Hills meetings in 1858. This day is one of the most popular events on the sporting calendar drawing huge crowds to the town every year with the feature race being the Maryborough Gift which is run over 120 metres.
Thursday, 1st January, 2015
Princes Park
1 Park Rd, Maryborough, Victoria


Telephone: (03) 5461 1480
• Street March at 11.00 a.m.
• Highland Pipe Bands and Brass Bands on display.
• Bendigo Bank 120 metre Maryborough Gift – $10,300.
• Sheaf Tossing for height and accuracy.
• Highland Dancing (two Stands).
• Athletics – Men’s and Women’s events (70 metres to 1500 metres).
• Local and Inter State competitors.
• Bookmakers on Athletics and Racing.
• Massed Highland Dancers.
• Girl on the Drum spectacular.
• Massed Highland Bands.
• Highland Games and Caber Tossing.
• Sideshows and novelties.
• Pipe and Brass Bands on oval renditions.
• Strong Man events.
• Most appropriately dressed male and female patrons with Scottish theme.
• Sideshows.
• Ample catering.
• Evening concert and fireworks display.
• Comprehensive Program – Lucky prizes.
• Reasonable admission prices.
• Picturesque venue.
• 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
• A day not to be missed .
• Phone (03) 5461 1480.

Melbourne Ceilidh


Daylesford Highland Gathering

Daylesford Highland Gathering 6th December

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The Scots at Springdallah

The Scots at Springdallah







by Jan Croggon and Joan Hunt

‘The Scots at Springdallah’, Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria, issue no. 13, 2014. ISSN 1832-2522. Copyright © Jan Croggon and Joan Hunt

Dr Janice Croggon has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), and a Masters in Australian History from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD from Federation University, Ballarat. Her doctoral thesis examined the role of the Celts in Ballarat in the second half of the nineteenth century.

She is a member of the Professional Historians Association, and Museums Association (Vic), on which committee she served for 8 years. She is employed full time as Senior Historian at the Sovereign Hill Museums Association in Ballarat, and is part of a team of historians, curatorial staff and educators who are committed to making history accessible to the general public, and to providing academic and scholarly rigour to the interpretation of Victoria’s gold rush and its significance in the larger context of Australian history.

Joan Hunt is a PhD candidate at Federation University, Ballarat, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and a Churchill Fellow. An ex-teacher, she has worked at Public Record Office Victoria, Ballarat Archives Centre. While living in England in 2011–2012 she undertook an Advanced Diploma in Local History through Oxford University, which involved research into community and family reconstitution. Joan has written a history of Ross Creek, and a centenary history of the Scarsdale Old Scholars. Joan’s PhD thesis is a reconstruction of the now-disappeared Springdallah goldfields between Linton and Cape Clear, 30 kilometres south-west of Ballarat, which comprised nine communities.

Corresponding author email: Joan Hunt, joan_hunt {at} bigpond(.)com

Little physical evidence remains at Springdallah to show for the once-thriving communities that lived and worked there for several decades from the late 1850s. The land that stretches across waterways, cliffs and valleys between Linton and Cape Clear, thirty kilometres south-west of Ballarat, has now reverted to the pastoral landscape that had developed before gold was discovered. Scottish pastoralists created sheep and cattle runs that, after twenty years of idyllic living, were overrun by gold-diggers and their dogs. This paper reveals the nature of the Scots who lived in the Springdallah communities. From pastoralists to mining families, intermarrying and sometimes sharing similar cultural backgrounds, the Scots made an important contribution to the shared community network in this unique and inadequately examined period of Australia’s history.
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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.

If anyone has more information about the Scottish Thistle Club of Victoria, please email me at info {at}