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A speech in support of a toast to Robert Burns delivered at the St Andrew’s Society of Scotland (Queensland) Burns Supper Glasgow Room, United Service Club Brisbane Friday, 22 January 2016.

The Honourable Justice Logan RFD
A Judge of the Federal Court of Australia1

In Centenary Place, Brisbane, in the inner-city block bounded by Wickham, Ann and Gotha Streets, is to be found a statue of the Scottish bard, Robert Burns.

Our Brisbane statue is one of eight statues or busts in Australia which stand as memorials to Burns. There are four Burns statues in New Zealand, nine in Canada, 16 in the United States of America and one in England (in London). Scotland itself has 20 statues or other memorials to Burns.2

That there are so many outside Scotland is eloquent proof of the enduring wisdom of a medieval French proverb, “Rats, lice and Scotsmen: you find them the whole world over”.3 The genus rattus also commended itself to an observer of Highlanders on the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, “Poor as rats at home, they are as rapacious as rats abroad”.4

Did you know that the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) has a facebook page?

Here we post updates on items of Scottish interest. If you haven't 'liked' the page, simply click the like button to follow the Society and keep up to date.

The url of the page is


The Society held our AGM on 2 October at Emmanuel College. Chief outcome is the annual appointments of office bearers to both the Board and Council. The appointments for 2012 - 2013 were as follows:
  • President: Ian Ferguson
  • Vice-President: Jack Vaudin
  • Secretary: Alistair McNee
  • Assistant Secretary: Jack Vaudin
  • Treasurer: Alex McConnell
  • Patron: Bruce McPherson
  • Chieftain: Doug Porteous
  • Chaplain: Vacant
  • Public Officer: Geoff Gunn
  • Solictor: Andrew Muir
  • Auditor: Ivor Worrell
  • Editor: Jim Worrell
  • Assistant Editor: James Worrell
  • Web site: John Petrie
  • Council Chair: Don Galloway
  • Council Deputy Chair: Jim Worrell

Peter Keddie The Sunshine coast Branch of the Society of The St Andrew of Scotland, hosted Scots in the Afternoon at the LattE Da Cafe, Landsborough on Saturday September 1. The Guests were treated to a great afternoons entertainment by Bruce Mitchell, Accordionist, Brian Bisset, Vocalist, the Sunshine Coast Caledonian Pipes & Drums, a Drumming Duo by two of the Band Members and some fine Community Singing.

The Highlight of the afternoon was the Sunshine Coast Branch presentation of the David Pearson Memorial Bursary to a Member of the Sunshine Coast Caledonian Pipes & Drums. This Bursary is awarded each year to a member of the Band to be used for extra tuition. The recipient is nominated by the Band so it came as a pleasant surprise to myself and the Committee, when we were told who had been nominated. As President of the Branch, it gave me great pleasure in presenting the Bursary to Piper, Peter Keddie, who is also our Branch Secretary. Peter is a highly respected Member of the Society, the Sunshine Coast Branch, the Pipe Band and a most deserving recipient of the Bursary.

The Editors are pleased to release the Society's Annual Report "Shoulder to Shoulder" covering the membership year of 2011 - 2012. Members are encouraged to download the report from the Society web site. (PDF - 4.25Mb)

With our continued push to 'digitise' the Society so as to reduce costs and improve service, we have changed the format of our annual report, the "Shoulder to Shoulder" to an A4 colour document that members can now download! This will save in the order of $4,500 per annum which can be better directed to furthering the aims of the Society as opposed to 'wasted' on printing and distribution costs.

The preparation of this year's document has already started and we will have it ready for adoption at the AGM and published soon thereafter.

Download the "2011 Shoulder to Shoulder" from the Society web site.

The Society and Emmanuel College are offering a piping scholarship at the College within the The University of Queensland.

The scholarship recipient(s) will be awarded a scholarship of part relief of fees and will be a student who has been accepted into any discipline at the University, shows sound academic ability and superior talent as a piper.

The Society and the College will jointly provide a scholarship of $4,000 for part relief of residence fees.

The band, currently numbering around 25 male and female members, regularly represents the University and College at events and competitions, achieving fourth place in its grade at the 2012 Australian Pipe Band Championships.

The Society is extremely proud to offer this scholarship, promoting Scottish culture and awareness in our region.

Read more about The University of Queensland Pipe Band.

With the worst of winter behind us (hopefully!), there is still plenty of time to get in a hearty meal.

Scotch broth is a cheap, filling, easy to make soup. It is also rumoured to have healing properties. It is a slow cooker and great the next day.

Scotch Broth

Ingredients (serves 6 - 8)

1kg neck of lamb (or shanks or cut of your choice)
125g of split peas (soaked overnight)
125g of lentils (soaked overnight)
125g pearl barley (soaked overnight)
250g diced carrots
250g diced turnips
1 leek (the white) sliced
1 diced stalk of celery
2 diced potatoes
bay leaf
2 litres of water
salt and white pepper (to taste)
chopped parsley and bread to serve


1. Put the water and lamb in a large stock pot and bring to the boil.

2. Once boiling, skim off excess fat that should be floating to the top.

3. Add the lentils, split peas and barley while continuing to skim. Return to the boil.

4. After an hour, add remaining ingredients and continue to simmer for another 90 minutes.

5. with 30 minutes remaining, remove the meat from the pot and shred it, putting back all the good bits.

When serving, add some chopped parsley. Have some fresh crusty bread on the side.

by Angus Edmonds OAM

At the 2011 AGM of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) Incorporated, I was pleased to move a resolution, seconded by Jack Vaudin and passed unanimously, to recognise the centenary of the founding of Emmanuel College within The University of Queensland.

Mindful of the long association between this Society and Emmanuel College within The University of Queensland, and recognising Emmanuel College’s important role in supporting and promoting higher and Christian education within this State, both as a university residential college and as the home of the theological hall of the Presbyterian Church, as well as its nurturing of university students to achieve their potential in their chosen professions and in their persons, the Society is pleased to congratulate Emmanuel College on its centenary of foundation and wishes the College continuing success. The Society commends also the Principal, Professor Stewart Gill, on the interesting and appropriate events he has organised for the centenary celebrations and congratulates him on his leadership of the College, assuring him of the Society’s continuing support for the College as he leads and guides its development as the College enters its second century as The University of Queensland’s premier college.

The Gold Coast Branch of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland is pleased to invite you and your guests to our Annual St Andrews Race Day

Venue: Gold Coast Turf Club—exclusive use of the Winners Circle

Date: Saturday, 20th November 2010

Time: 12.00 noon start

Events: 7 Race Programme

Dress: Smart Casual (wear something Tartan if possible)

The Winter 2010 edition of Albannaich is now available online. You can browse inline, or download the magazine for printing or off-line viewing.

The Spring 2009 edition of Albannaich is now available online. You can browse inline, or download the magazine for printing or off-line viewing.

The Winter 2009 edition of Albannaich is now available online. You can browse inline, or download the magazine for printing or off-line viewing.

I have received from Jim Johnstone information about the excellent locally produced CD entitled Scots of the South East, and how it can be ordered (please see order forum below). The CD lasts for 80 minutes, and is a collection of quality Scottish poetry, songs and music by artists from the South East corner of Queensland, including Address to the Haggis. The CD was tabled at the September meeting of The Society of St. Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) Limited, by Council Chairman Trevor Campbell, with his recommendation for purchase. Following that I got in touch with Jim Johnstone.

Order Form

Another successful Annual Dinner was held at the Maroochy River Coach House by the Sunshine Coast Branch of the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland). The guest speaker was Malcolm J. Ferguson Esq. FSA Scot, a member of the Board of
Governors of our Society. Malcolm’s Dinner Address was titled “A Jacobite’s Story”. It told the story of Roderick Mackenzie of Achiltibuie, a member of the family of the Earl of Cromarty. Roderick was a reluctant Jacobite, and this Dinner Address tells
of his story and how his descendants went to Canada and Australia. Today, there are 3000 descendants of Roderick, and the Guest Speaker can count himself amongst their number. (Hope to publish this Dinner Address in the next edition of Albannaich Qld.)

Amongst the visitors who attended were the Guest Speaker Malcolm Ferguson and Jennifer Ferguson, our President, Doug Porteous and Joyce Porteous, Chieftain Ron Scott and Irene Scott, Chairman, Trevor Campbell and Mavis Campbell, Darling Downs Branch Hon. Secretary, Kym Flehr and Katrina Flehr and your editor, Peter Nicol. With a fine Celtic Band and a good dance floor, those present were able to show their enthusiasm. Fine singing and entertainment was provided by the Celtic Band, Highland Dancers and a Piper. Fine food and the “Address to a Haggis” rounded off the enjoyable night.
A Guid New Year to ain an' a'
An' mony may ye see!
An durin' a' the years tae come
Oh happy may ye be!
And may ye' ne'er hae cause tae mourn
To sigh and shed a tear!
To ain an' a',  bath great and sma'
A Happy, Guid New Year

Members and families including children are requested to attend the Annual St Andrew's Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving

Ann St Presbyterian Church

142 Ann Street, Brisbane

Service conducted by the Society Chaplain Rev Archie MacNicol

Sunday 26th November 2006 at 10:00am

To commemorate Scotland's National Day and Scotland's Patron Saint

Pipers playing from 9:30am

Family and Friends all welcome

Dress: Kilt / Plaid / Highland Dress or other

Parking: King George Square Car Park and Mincom Building, Cnr Ann and Edward Streets

For further details please contact

Jack Vaudin ph 3272 2321

Geoffrey Gunn ph 3832 0000

Rev Archie MacNicol ph 3265 5510


Over 130 people attended the Pan-Celtic Dinner and Awards night at the QIA Shamrock Room on Wednesday Night, 5th April 2006, at which six Queenslanders were awarded Celtic Honours by the Queensland Branch of the Celtic Council of Australia.

Three DUINE URRMARCH with the right of usafe of the Post Nominals of D.Urr, were awarded. Dr. John Mackenzie-Smith, a member of our Society received his award for some 20 years, recording, preserving and publishing the records and contributions of Scots to Moreton Bay pre 1859. Mrs Margaret Paterson, a friend of our Society, received her award for her great contribution to Highland Dancing, the Scottish community and the State of Queensland. Also awarded a D.Urr, was Mr. William Thomas for services to the Welsh community and the general Queensland community.

Three awards of DUINE UASAL - D.Ua, were awarded for services to Celtic communities:- Mrs Mavis Williams for services to the Irish & Piping communities, Mrs Gwenlliam O'Neill, for services to the Welsh community and Mrs Lilliam Smith, for services to the Manx community.

This brings to 25, the number of Queenslanders who have been awarded Celtic Honours over the past twenty-five years.

The great entertainment supplied by the Celtic Connection Choir, Irish & Highland Dancer, Craig Johnston (who came 3rd in the World titles in Scotland), ensured a most enjoyable night.

A new species of Commersonia has been named Commersonia pearnii to honour a member of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland).

Named in honour of Major-General Professor John H. Pearn, AM, RFD, KStJ, former Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Forces and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Queensland, doctor, educator, humanitarian and author of medical and botanical works.

The Board of Governors and the Executive of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) congratulate John on being so honoured.

The 2006 Edinburgh Tattoo

The Queensland Police Pipes and Drums Band is jetting off to Scotland later this year to perform in the prestigious '2006 Edinburgh Military Tattoo'. The band will serve as the only Australian representative at the 2006 tatoo.

A contingent of twenty-three, consisting of a drum major, thirteen (13) pipers and nine (9) drummers will perfrom in the year's event during August, before a crowd of 217,000 and a world wide television audience of 100 million.

The cost of attending the event is expected to be about $75,000, which will be met by the band's supporters association. In May, the band performed a special 'Echoes of Edinburgh' concert at the Brisbane City Hall to help raise money towards the cost of the trip.

The Queensland State Government has donated $43,000 towards new uniforms. "This is a big deal, because the last time the band went to the Edinburgh Tattoo was in 1975", said the Police Minister Judy Spence, during a special performance of the band in the Queen Street Mall.

Members of the Board of Governors of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Qld) and representatives of other Scottish organisations attended Government House where the Governor, Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce, AC., presented the Piper's Banner to Pipe Major Roddy Macdonald of The Queensland Police Pipes and Drums. The banner will be attached to Roddy's pipes and will be carried when the band performs at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

At the October 2005 meeting, about fifty members of the Queensland Highland Piping Society were present for a joint meeting with the Celtic Celebration Committee.

President Reg O'Malley introduced the evening and mentioned the final of the coming Knockout Contest, along with a qualifying match. He then handed over to Tom McGirr from the Celtic Celebration Committee, to compare for the rest of the evening.

Tom explained some details about the contest and the final to be held in next May in the QIA (Irish Club) before introducing the judge for the evening, Graeme Bilsland, Pipe Major of the New Zealand Police Band. He then introduced the first competitor, Matthew Supranowicz. The first element to be played was a March, Strathspey and Reel. The other competitors, in order, were Bruce Grice, Hazel Osborne, Ken Wallace, David Greenhalgh, Darin Cook, Cory Dale and Jordan Whicker. The second round saw the playing of a Hornpipe and Jig.

 The Celtic Celebration Committee announced that they had decided this year to nominate five rather that the usual three entrants from Queensland into the Australasian final.

The placegetters were:

1. Cory Dale

2. Darin Cook

3. Matthew Supranowicz

4. David Greenhalgh

5. Hazel Osborne

The new website for The Society of St. Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) is currently being constructed. Please be aware of this as you are browsing the site. The site should be fully operational in several weeks