I have been delighted reports of events in New Zealand have been published promptly on the website, along with photos. Thank you.
I congratulate the other Commissioners who have also sent reports of events as this is the best way to feel part of the Worldwide Clan.
The Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council, of which I am a member, continues to organise events. Bruce and I attended the Ceilidh Dance both this year and last and the Kirkin o the Tartan Services at one of our older wooden Churches still standing, St Andrews at Rangi Ruru.
The Hororata Highland Games held each November in the heart of the Canterbury farming community, gives us an opportunity to showcase the different Clans by organising best dressed competitions and face painting to draw in the children. A Genealogist is on hand to answer questions, all this held in the Clan Alley. Meanwhile all the usual competitions are proceeding in the arena. Oceania Heavyweight Championship draws participants from Australia and beyond.
One of this years highlights would be representing Macaulay Clan at the Inauguration Ceremony for Grant Guthrie Davidson 3rd of Davidson, Chief of Clan Davidson in Christchurch NZ 9th May The report of this and pictures are on the Macaulay and Davidson websites.
One of our Heritage Council members Ross Fraser as Chieftain of the Scottish Society of New Zealand, organised a moving service here in Christchurch to Commemorate World War I 1914-18. Official dignitaries included MPs, City Councillors, Colonel Chris Faulls Director NZ Army, Chaplain Rob Thomson RN3NVR and others. As names were read from the Roll of Honour a child would pin a poppy beside each name. The Solo Cornet and Bugler player and Scottish Society Pipe Band and soloist Elizabeth Alberts created the atmosphere.
One a personal level I continue researching my family around the world and look forward to the Oban Gathering of all the Clan members as well as meeting my Paisley and American relatives also attending this year. We have arranged with the Archivist of Strathclyde University to see the orginal Silk diploma designed by my great grandfather James Macaulay the first Instructor of Weaving at the Glasgow Technical College 1878-1883. “The design required about 2,600,000 careful touches of the designers pencil to mark the points at which the warp and weft threads intercept each other in its weave. It embodied words, figures and emblems of the arts connected with cloth manufacture and engineering, as well as views of the Clyde and females hand winding and spinning. It was given to students who arrived at excellence after two sessions attendance. It measured only 15 by 8 inches ”