Home > What's on > Journal

Scots in the Bush 2012

The skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums heralded the third annual Scots in the Bush at Boondooma Homestead. Boondooma Homestead is the centre of what was Boondooma Station. The station was first settled in 1846. Three Scotsmen, Robert and Alexander Lawson from Kilmarnock and Robert Alexander from Mauchline in Scotland emigrated to Australia and made their way to the Burnett Region and settled as Squatters in 1846. Family names from an old Kilmarnock map re-occur on Boondooma Station. It is fitting that we celebrate the settlement by those from Scotland. This year the celebration was extended to include the Celtic culture.

The 2012 ‘Scots in the Bush’- The Scottish and Celtic Festival was a great success. The event was held on 17/18/19 August. Before the opening by Councillor Kathy Duff, country singers, Buddy Thomson and Lynne Bennett entertained the crowd with their own composition of ‘Scots in the Bush’. This was followed by The Address to the Haggis by Jervie Fullerton and the Selkirk Grace by Hugh Barclay. Most people enjoyed the entree of Haggis served on oak cakes.

The Scottish fare of Aberdeen Sausage, Scotch Eggs and salad was a favourite for lunch for many and others enjoyed the good old Australiana fare of fish and chips, and hamburgers. The Scottish favourites of Shortbread, Dundee cake, Scottish pan cakes, Highland Scones and Scotch Tablet were also well received. For dinner on the Friday night, patrons were treated to Dundee Stew from the camp oven together with Rumbledethumps and Potato Scones followed by that old Scottish Dessert of Clootie Dumpling and custard.

Dancers from The Rum City Highland Dance Studio from Bundaberg performed great dancing displays. The music provided by Pipers and Drummers from ‘The Clan’ Pipe Band and The Noosa and District Pipe Band stirred the blood of not only the Scottish people present but everyone in attendance. Tartan Time, Velcrow, Darryl Craft, Judy Carmichael and daughter Wendy and Bridgett O’Shannessy entertained the 300 strong crowd with some Scottish, Irish and Australiana renditions. Chris Webster recited some of the Will Ogilvie collection. Ray Ellington from Celtic Thunder kept the crowd enthralled with his presentations on The History of the bagpipes and the kilt. The Master of Ceremonies for the weekend was Merv Webster who kept the program alive from Mid afternoon Friday to early afternoon on the Sunday.

The Highland Games proved to be a great addition to the program. On the Saturday afternoon, patrons young and old participated in the games such as Tossing the Caber (20kg & 30kg); Throwing the Haggis; The Boondooma Dash, other foot races and relays; and Putting the Boondooma Stone. Great fun was had by all.

A highlight of the festival was the Clan and Tartan Parade. Some twenty clans and tartans were announced as those proud Scots and some proud Irish people strutted their stuff to the tunes of ‘Gathering of the Clans’ sung by Elaine Barclay accompanied by Tartan Time and ‘The Tartan’ was sung by all in the Clan and Tartan Parade.

Many people from the local Scottish and Irish Community took the opportunity to purchase memorabilia from the displays of merchandise provided by Highland House, Celtic Thunder and Essential Oils.

The church service on the Sunday morning was a highlight of the event. The service included The Kirkin’ of the Tartan. The procession of tartan bearers was led by two pipers from The Clan. Pastor Bruce wilding from the Wondai/Proston Baptist Church conducted a moving service and included a blessing of the clans, families and tartans.

The event was a great day for the Scots and those who love the Scottish and Irish Culture. ‘Scots in the Bush’ – a Scottish and Celtic Festival will be celebrated on 16/17/18 August 2013. An invitation is issued to all bands, pipers, drummers, vocalists, musicians, dancers, poets and others to join in the celebration at Boondooma in 2013.

Website by Montreal Information Services