54th Geelong Highland Gathering - 20 March 2011

The 54th Geelong Highland Gathering will be held at the Geelong Showgrounds, on March 20, 2011, after 52 years at Queens Park and one at nearby Fyansford Common. The Gathering is the biggest and most diverse display of Scottish culture in  Victoria. Gathering vice-president John Fraser said his objective was to expand the Gathering and continue to grow it as a major event on the Geelong events calendar.

All the usual ingredients are in place: pipe band competitions, Highland Dancing competitions, Scottish Country Dancing displays; clan tents and genealogy, a fair and market, haggis hurling novelty event, Scottish historical re-enactment groups, Scottish folk singing, Scottish dog breeds show and Scottish cattle and horse breeds. The Scottish Heavy Games, including the ever-popular caber-tossing, will also be held,  wood-chopping competitions and there will be activities for children.

The gathering begins at 9am and ends at 5pm. Entry costs are: Family - $30; adult - $12; Concession - $10; Under-16 - $5 and Under 5 - free.

The Geelong Highland Gathering is also one of the oldest in Australia, first held in 1857, going in to recession during the Great Depression in 1933 and being resurrected in 1957 and being held continuously ever since.

The Geelong Showgrounds can be found on Melways Map 452 Ref. E10. Click on the listing in the Upcoming Events to the left to find an email address for more information.

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Book for Sale

The society has copies of the book "Clan", by David P. Elliot for sale for $18. If you would like to order it, please send us an email.


The story draws heavily on the Clan system in Scotland in a very turbulent period in The Borders. It includes both contemporary and historical information which will interest those who enjoy supernatural or historical or thriller genres.

David Elliot is 57, frustrated, out of work and has three failed marriages behind him. In 2007 he goes to the Borders of Scotland hoping that his ancestry will help him find some validation of his life. Accompanied by his daughter, son-in-law and his grandson Thomas, he finds that his bloodline leads his family into terrifying danger. 700 years of history threaten those he holds dearest, as myth and reality of “The Bloodiest Valley in Britain” combine.

The corruption of the rich and powerful meets legend as Good and Evil clash over the ancient Throne of Scotland and power in the modern world. William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Border Reivers, creatures of supernatural horror and past heroes of the Elliot Clan are all involved, as the evil Lord William de Soulis actions his plan to assume power over an unsuspecting world.

All that stands against him is a family fighting desperately to protect a child. Their only weapon is their love of family… the power of their Clan.

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