What is the Collie Clan Gathering?
The Collie Clan Gathering is an initiative of the Collie Pioneer Masonic Lodge and the Elliot Clan Society in Australia. We hope that it will achieve these objectives:
- showcase our Scottish heritage born of our coalmining settlers
- provide a gathering place for the many Scottish clans represented in Australia;
- provide an insight into Scottish culture, foods, and clan system;
- provide a venue for Scottish music & dancing competitions;
- later - to include the influence of Irish colamining settlers, the Italian families, and our Traditional Owners
- eventually - provide a venue for multicultural education and entertainment;
- provide a venue for highland games and mediaeval reenactments;
- showcase Indigenous culture, music, and dancing
- showcase our Irish heritage
- showcase our Italian community
- stimulate local and regional tourism;
- provide an event which both locals and visitors will enjoy as a great family day out;
- provide the only event of its kind in the South West;
- raise monies for local and regional charities, and community projects;
- become a major, annual, event;
Chief Margaret Eliott of Redheugh, Chief of the Elliot Clan, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire, past Vice Convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, will open the event, as 'Chief of the Games'.
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