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Upcoming events:

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th June 2017 - Bonnie Wingham, NSW - Clan Tent, Parade and Ball - Join us in the Parade or just visit our tent. North Coast NSW McLennans especially welcome. More at

Sunday 18th June, 2017 at 12 noon Clan MacLennan Australia AGM & Ceilidh 
BYO shared lunch.  A short AGM will be followed by an afternoon of entertainment. Venue:  MCC Bowls Club, 19/23 Swinburne Ave, Hawthorn VIC 3122  *NB:  This is a new venue this year 

Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 10.45am service begins at 11.00am Kirkin ‘O the Tartan service
The Scots’ Church, Cnr. Russell & Collins Street, Melbourne . The service commemorates the repeal of the Act of Proscription on 1st July 1782 which in 1746 had banned, amongst other things, the ‘wearing of Highland garb’ i.e. tartan. We encourage you to proudly wear your MacLennan tartan to the service. There is a tram stop close by in Collins Street.  If you are driving, parking is available at Wilson’s Car Park (Scots' Church Car Park), 181 Little Collins St.  Please bring your car park ticket to the service where it can be validated. Morning tea is served in the Church Hall following the service.  

Join us:

Our Clan Association was formed in 1978 and we have one of the largest memberships of our clan in the world. Our aims are to:

  • Acknowledge in practice the spirit of our ancient motto: "Dum Spiro Spero" (While I breathe I hope)
  • Promote interest in the Clan and foster a spirit of kin and fellowship.
  • Maintain contact with members.
  • Collect and preserve the Clan's history and traditions.
  • Assist members tracing their family tree.
  • Keep contact with Clan Associations throughout the World. (Presently Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK/Scotland and U.S.A.)

To achieve these aims we publish an interesting and informative newsletter three times a year, and we hold three major clan gatherings each year in Melbourne and one in Sydney and attend a number of Highland Gathering events around Australia.  Financial membership also provides access to our extensive Mac/McLennan family history database. We are happy to provide further information and welcome applications for membership.



Chief’s Commissioner & President: Carol Davis - email:

Vice President:  David McLennan  - email:

Secretary: Patsy McLennan, 13 Lamart Street, Strathmore, Victoria, 3041 Australia
- email: Phone: +61 (0)3 9379 2425

Treasurer: Geoff McLennan, 34 Hornsby Street, Maldon, Victoria, 3463 Australia
- email: Phone: +61 (0)3 5475 2092

Newsletter Editor: Carol Davis - email:

Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale
(See Newsletter) Contact Bob McLennan, 13 Lamart Street, Strathmore. Vic 3041 (Phone +61 (0)3 9379 2425)

Genealogy: Bruce McLennan - email:

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Newsletters from the former New South Wales Clan MacLennan Association are available: Click here

Grafton Assoc: Click here to find out about the Grafton, NSW Clan MacLennan Association

Past events:
Saturday 1 April 2017 - Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW. Please join us for the Parade - arrive early and meet at the Clan tent before 8.45. Clan goods will be on sale. ACT McLennans especially welcome. Goes ahead rain or shine. More at
Please make a booking to join our table at the Bundanoon Ceilidh, Bundanoon Hall, 7.30-12.00 - $50pp by cheque, postal order or EFT to Helene Jessop, PO Box 3169, Exeter 2579 - specify "MacLennan table". Programme of entertainment included. Please see - sold out

Sunday 26 March 2017 -  Ringwood Highland Gathering. East Ringwood Sportsground, Cnr Mt Dandenong & Dublin Rds, East Ringwood, Vic.

Saturday 11 February 2017 - Scots Day Out Highland Gathering, Bendigo, Vic. Come and visit us at the Clan tent and join us in the parade. Don't forget to wear some MacLennan tartan! More at

Sunday 20 November 2016 at 12.00 noon - Essendon Christmas Picnic and Jn. & Snr Petanque Competition  -  a fun family afternoon - Woodlands Park, Essendon, Victoria.  Enter via Winifred Street. BYO picnic lunch, chairs & coffee mug.  Afternoon tea provided. We have the use of indoor facilities so we can accommodate all weather conditions.  

Friday 30 December 2016 at 7.00 pm  - Hawthorn, Vic **THE NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR’S EVE** - Clan MacLennan/Clan Cameron Hogmanay Celebration -  MCC Bowls Club, 23 Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn, Victoria. Traditional Scottish ceilidh music with with renowned musicians, fiddler Matthew Robertson and David South on accordion.  Piper and address to the Haggis ceremony.  Wear your tartan!  **Early Bird Special if you book  by 9th December. Drinks at bowls club member prices.  NB:  No BYO.   **Seats are limited - book ASAP to ensure you secure a ticket.  To book email or phone Patsy McLennan (03) 9379 2425

Saturday 5 November 2016 - Sydney annual Informal Gathering, Roseville Club, Pacific Hwy. 6.00 for 6.30pm - Click here to book: Booking form

Sunday 19 June 2016 - AGM & Ceilidh - 1pm, Malvern Bowls Club, 14 Coonil Cres, Malvern Vic. BYO shared lunch.  Afternoon tea provided.

Saturday 18 June 2016 - Scotttish Festival / Gathering - St Leonard’s Park, Miller Street, North Sydney. Parade at 9.00. Come and see us at our Clan tent.

Thursday 26 May 2016 - Wingham Genealogy Fair - come and hear to talk about our Clan (Brochure)

Saturday 28 May 2016 - Bonnie Wingham Clan Tent, Parade and Ball - Join us in the Parade or just visit our tent (Brochure)

Saturday 9 April 2016 - Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW. Please join us for the Parade. Arrive early and meet at the Clan tent before 9.00. Clan goods will be on sale at this next Gathering. ACT McLennans especially welcome. Goes ahead rain or shine. More at

3 April 2016 - Ringwood Highland Games, Vic. Join us for the Parade and meet us at our Clan tent. This will be the last Ringwood Games. More in Clan newsletter.

25 & 26 March 2016 - Maclean Highland Gathering, NSW. More at

Hogmanay Celebration 30 December 2015 - Enjoy a family night of live music, dancing, Haggis! - MCC Bowls Clubrooms, 34 Glen Street, Hawthorn, Victoria. 7.30. Not BYO licenced. Bring a plate of supper to share.

Family Picnic & Genealogy Day 15 November 2015, Woodlands Park House, 32 Winifred Street, Essendon (Melbourne) 12 noon - 5pm

Sydney annual Informal Gathering 7 November 2015, Roseville Club, Pacific Highway 6.30 for 7.00pm - Booking form

Kirkin 'O the Tartan service 5 July 2015 -The Scots' Church, Collins Street, Melbourne at 11.00am

Ceilidh and annual meeting Malvern Bowling Club 21 June 2015

Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW- 11 April 2015

Maclean Highland Gathering, NSW 3-4 April 2015

Ringwood Highland Games, Vic - 29 March 2015.

Sunday 30th November from 11.30am – Clan Picnic and the popular Jnr. & Snr. Petanque championship.  BYO lunch.  We have the use of the cottage if the sun isn’t shining! Venue:  Woodville Park, Essendon.  Melways: 28 F1 **Special guest  Bruce McLennan, clan genealogist, will be available to help you to trace your ancestors.  Don’t forget to bring copies of any records you have such as births, death, marriage and baptisms and photos if you have them.

Sunday 16th November 2014– The Scottish ‘Fling’ Festival at the Immigration Museum of Victoria, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne 10am - 4.00pm.

Click here for more about the Clan World Gathering July 2014


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