St Andrew Day Melbourne: We’re flying the Scottish Saltire at the High Commission today for St Andrew’s Day, as we do with the banners of different countries that involve the rich woven artwork of the United Kingdom on their national days.
Around Australia my partners are going to different occasions facilitated by nearby Scottish social orders as of now. A week ago our Consul General in Melbourne – which has especially solid Scottish associations in its history – took part in the excellent yearly supper of the Melbourne Scots. I was the visitor speaker there a few years prior: a superb occasion with several visitors shining in their kilts. A month ago when I was down in Melbourne I gave the Graduation Address at Scotch College, one of its most well known schools – a Scots Presbyterian establishment.
St Andrew Day Melbourne Activities Celebrations
Numerous Australians are pleased with their Scottish legacy. Around 130,000 occupants were conceived in Scotland and 1.8m (about 9% of the populace) guarantee Scottish family line. I blogged in June about going to the yearly supper of the Scottish Parliamentary gathering which contains a solid parity from all sides of governmental issues.
My UK Trade and Investment group bolster organizations from all around Britain. Australia has been building enormous oil and gas foundation over the most recent couple of years, and this is one of the regions that Scotland is especially solid in. So when you visit organizations or go to public exhibitions in this part you consistently hear numerous Scottish inflections around you.
Today is #StAndrewsDay! Holy person Andrew was a Christian Apostle and the sibling of Simon Peter, and is the supporter holy person of Scotland, obviously, alongside Greece, Romania, Russia, the Ukraine and some more. Consistently, Scots around the globe observe St Andrew’s Day. Tanja Bueltmann at the Scottish Diaspora Blog watches:
In charge of sorting out balls and other St Andrew’s Day occasions … were a plenty of Scottish ethnic affiliations, most prominently St Andrew’s social orders. The Scots initiated the advancement of these ethnic affiliations around the world. In North America, St Andrew’s social orders were set up as wide-extending kindhearted social orders in the eighteenth century, offering backing to new outsiders, while, in New Zealand, the Scots practiced wonderful impact through their Caledonian social orders and the advancement of sports.
I examined to check whether I could find the most punctual examples of St Andrew’s Day festivities in Australia. I began with papers.
The first (digitized) reference I could discover was from the Sydney Gazette on December 2, 1804 – a short lyric was distributed:
After this, St Andrew’s festivals show up more frequently. Maybe the first broadly revealed was in 1820 in the Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser on December 7 of that year:
There are reports of festivities in Van Diemen’s Land again in 1822, and afterward in 1824 the Hobart Town Magazine watched:
We have joy in seeing the restoration of the celebration (in this Colony) of St. Andrew’s Day. Anything which can help us to remember ‘dear local land,’ is satisfying; and on the off chance that we had our won’t one national fete day ought to be permitted to go without being appropriately taken note.” The St Andrew’s Day merriments would incorporate a supper at the Commercial Hotel, and the magazine noticed that “all who can bear the cost of it, that come north of Yorkshire, will eat there, and most presumably, numerous Southerners will be there too.
St Andrew’s festivals appear to have developed in prevalence from the 1820s onwards. To be sure, on the off chance that we investigate paper inclusion, we can see a spike in notices of St Andrew’s Day during this decade . Step by step, however, the extent of paper articles covering Scotland’s national day diminishes throughout the following 100 years (this chart shows the level of all paper articles highlighting the expression “St Andrews Day” – it’s not great, yet it’s a decent start):
For what reason didn’t St Andrew’s festivals gain force until the 1820s when Scots had been landing since the main long periods of European settlement? In 1829 Henry Widowson, specialist to the Van Diemen’s Land Agricultural Establishment, alluded to the appropriate response when he composed
The Scotch noble men of the state have set up a club to assist rotted or upset nation men, under the group of ‘The St. Andrew’s Charitable Institution; however to the respect of the land o’ cakes,’ be it recorded that not many of Scotia’s children are to be found among the convicts. also, the individuals who come free, with the exception of from mishap or unanticipated loss, once in a while need eleemosynary support, the decision rule of their nation, determination and industry, perpetually guiding them to the fulfillment of a fair work. The commemoration of the tutelary Saint day, is consistently seen by the calm happiness regarding a fantastic supper and affable correspondence – Dr Scott is the president, and Dr Hood the VP of the establishment.
Without a doubt, there were simply not such a large number of Scots around to shape associations and to observe St Andrew’s Day — in any event until the 1820s, when there was a relocation blast (which you can find out about here) — and Widowson was most likely genuinely precise when he noticed that the beneficent exercises of the St Andrew’s association in Van Diemen’s Land were constrained in their handiness.
There were in fact not very many Scottish convicts and emancipists. Indeed, even into the late-nineteenth century, Australian populaces were moderately transient, specific those vagrant gatherings who came to Australia during goldrushes and the individuals who came to attempt occasional work on peaceful properties. Aside from a later sprout in Scottish associations, occasions, and recognizable proof, Scottish social action in Australia hit its top in the late 1880s and mid 1900s, when Caledonian social orders and Highland games took noticeable quality.
Wednesday, 30th November is St Andrews day, the national day of Scotland. Like Australia day, it is commended the nation over (though, in a lot colder conditions) with meals, some ceilidh moving and not overlooking a couple of measures!
St Andrews day praises the gala of St Andrew, the benefactor holy person of Scotland. In Scotland, and numerous nations with Scottish associations, St Andrew’s Day is set apart with a festival of Scottish culture and history with customary Scottish nourishment, music and move. In Scotland the day is additionally observed as the beginning of a period of Scottish winter celebrations incorporating St Andrew’s Day, Hogamny and Burns Night.
At the whisky organization we’re tied in with sharing the hoedown. So between Friday, 25 November and St Andrews day our center scope of Glencadam and Tomintoul bottlings will be limited by 10%.
Regardless of whether you’re a Scot, or a privileged one, we would all be able to praise this extraordinary day.
Fun-filled Ceilidh dance social for families and non-dancers supported by more experienced dancers. Afternoon tea included. Music by James Gastineau-Hills. All Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, at Leichhardt Town Hall, Leichhardt. Info: [email protected] or https://rscds.org.au/attachments/Family_ceilidh_24Nov2019.pdf
Featuring an exciting mix of strength sports competitions including Scottish Heavy events, displays and market stalls. Elmar’s in the Valley will be serving traditional Scottish and German food and beers including a special event brew – Highlander Ale at 8731 West Swan Rd. Info: www.highlandgames.org.au
Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Inc. is celebrating St Andrew’s Night in the Drayton Hall commencing at 7pm with the Pipe Band. Come along & enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment. Lots of community Scottish country dancing (all dances are called). Cost of the evening is $10 Adults pp. School-aged children Over 13 $5.00 … Read more
Enjoy outstanding performances by the Brisbane City Pipe Band. An event of over 20+ pipers and drummers celebrating St Andrews Day over 3 course dinner including haggis at Fox and Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au
Come experience the very first Hunter Valley Highland Games in beautiful Wine Country. This event promises displays from local pipe and drum bands, Highland dancing, heavy events and of course – fine wine. These games celebrate the deep connection between Australia and Scotland at Saltire Estate, 113 Wilderness Rd. Info: www.huntervalleyhighlandgames.com.au
Traditional Scottish evening with food, drink, dance and piping not to mention haggis, with a thai twist with Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band. Get your tickets today for this culture adventure at Thai Rock, 28 Bayswater Road. Info: www.trybooking.com/545883
Gathering includes a captivating Street March in the Main Street of Daylesford and then a full days Drumming, Piping and Dancing at the picturesque Victoria Park, located at the southern entrance of Daylesford. Info: www.daylesfordhighland.com
Presented by Tumbarumba Pipe Band and Khancoban Alpine Inn. A free evening of Celtic and Christmas music, including pipes culminating in Massed Pipe Band performances throughout the evening. Info: Joanne Lorimar 0417 219 743.
The Mighty Mini Macleods end the year on a high at The Beachouse Swimming Centre. We will have fun, plan next year’s activities and start the school holidays. Meet in the foyer at 3:00pm near the ticket office of The Beachouse, 4 Colley Terrace, Glenelg Beach. Cost from $20.00. Info: Nicole 0415 654 836 or … Read more
Audiences are in for a Celtic trea as, Eric Bogle and Claymore join forces at the Memo for a one night only in Melbourne Christmas extravaganza, “A Grumpy Celtic Christmas”. Considered two of Australia’s top artists, along with the incredible Glenbrae Celtic Dancers, the event will showcase the best of Celtic entertainment. Info: www.facebook.com/events/2418523578396137
Celebrate Rabbi Burns Supper with Pipes, Selkirk Grace, Address to the Haggis and poetry. A special appearance by members of the Brisbane City Pipe Band. 3 Course dinner with haggis and more at Fox and Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au
Enjoy a traditional Burns Supper Ceilidh, and celebrate the life of Rabbie Burns. Including a traditional supper while you are captivated by the Address to the Haggis and all the formalities, followed by live band “Ishka” with a dance caller for your Dashing White Sergeants and Gay Gordons – and of course the Ipswich Pipe … Read more
The Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Inc. will hold their Annual Burns Supper in the Drayton Hall.It is a 4 course formal dinner which includes a Haggis entrée. Entertainment by 2 Lassies singing Burns songs, The Immortal Memory by Mal Leslie (Past Chieftain & Past president of the Society in Toowoomba).Bookings are essential for … Read more
St Andrew Society of Hobart will again be holding its annual Highland Gathering on the Village Green, with Pipe Band displays from across Tasmania, Scottish dancing and stalls. Info: Di Cornish 0408 528 658 or [email protected]
The Federation University Australia Pipe Band hosts the Ballarat Highland Gathering supported by Pipe Bands Victoria. Come join the free event in the Ballarat sunshine with your loved ones at Victoria Park, Sturt St. Info: www.fedunipipeband.com.au
The inaugural Outlander specific fan convention in the Southern hemisphere. Spend two days at The Melbourne Museum, surrounded by the glorious Carlton Gardens and the wonders of the world, whilst immersing yourself in all things Outlander with some of the cast will be joining. Info: www.facebook.com/ozlanderfangathering
The Scots College in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill plays host to the annual Sydney Highland Gathering. The event celebrates its Scottish Heritage with Pipe Band Competitions, Highland dancing, Scottish food, Highland Strongmen displays and Gift and home wares stalls. Info: [email protected]
The 2020 gathering will mark 163 years since the first Geelong Highland Gathering was held on New Years day 1858 and will be the 60th anniversary of the modern era, which began in 1958. Featuring pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Scottish stalls and more. A great Geelong day out! Info: www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au
Presented by the R. U. Brown Piobaireachd Society of South Australia at Prospect RSL, Wilcox Ave. Info: www.rubrown.org.au
March 29, 2020
Wantirna, VIC Australia
Metropolitan Melbourne’s only Highland Games at JW Manson Reserve,Selkirk Ave. Includes a full day of Scottish fun with pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Clans, stalls and more. A great family day out! Info: 0418 370 051 or www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org.au
Pipe Bands Australia diamond jubilee year Australian Pipe Band Championships are expected to attract bands from across the country and overseas with a full program of events which include Highland dancing and Scottish stalls. Info: 03 5461 1480 or www.highlandsociety.com.au
Australia’s largest Scottish celebration with pipe bands, heavy events, Scottish dancing & entertainment, Clans village, stalls and much more. A great day for the entire family in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands. Info: 02 4883 7471 or www.brigadoon.org.au
Champion of Champions is Australia’s most prestigious Highland Dancing event. Held every two years, this event attracts highland dancers from across Australia and indeed the world to contest the championships and supporting events over two days of thrilling competition. Info: www.facebook.com/championofchampions2020 or www.sqrchdi.com
In the spirit of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, against the historic backdrop of Ipswich, visitors will witness the colour and spectacle of the Queensland Pipe Band Championships, featuring 250 of Australia’s pipe band competitors. A Highland dancing competition, Celtic music, lost arts and a medieval re-enactment will also feature at this annual Highland gathering … Read more
A family fun-filled day to celebrate Scotland with bagpipes, Scottish dance, heavy events and much more in the Upper Hunter Valley. Info: www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com or Scone Visitor Centre: 02 6540 1300.