We are the first Clan MacGillivray Society formed anywhere in the world.
In 1975 a small group of dedicated enthusiasts in New South Wales set about forming the Clan MacGillivray Society, based on the fact that electoral rolls showed in excess of 800 adults of the name scattered across Australia, with the largest concentration in Victoria and New South Wales.
Our first Clan Gathering in 1976 in Sydney was a great success, and since then there have been equally enjoyable well attended functions in Albury, Melbourne, Sydney and Wingham. In recent years our national gatherings have fallen away, however several large MacGillivray family groups continue to hold their own local reunions, bringing together in friendship the descendants of specific pioneer couples.
Clan MacGillivray members enjoying their Gathering in Perth, 2011.
First Clan tent, Ringwood Highland Games, 1984.
CLAN COUNCIL MEMBERS
Clan MacGillivray is based in the state of Victoria. We have State Representatives for South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland who help us connect with clansfolk from all corners of Australia. State Reps can be contacted for information regarding local events and gatherings.
We are currently seeking Representatives for Western Australia, Northern Territory and a New Zealand correspondant.
If you would like to apply, please contact us.
The Society is governed by a council, with provision for a Patron for Australia to be appointed. In 2017, Clan Commander Iain MacGillivray appointed Euan McGillivray as Commissioner for Australia.
Other members of the council are the President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Archivist, Journal Editor, Media Manager, a regional representative for each State and six ordinary members. At each Annual General Meeting, all positions, except those of Patron and Commissioner are declared vacant.
To keep alive and to pass onto future generations, an appreciation of the history, language, culture and traditions of our heritage.
To provide insights into the part played by Scots in the history of Australia, especially by MacGillivrays and their decendents.
To come together at regular intervals in that very special spirit of kinship, which is perhaps one of the most worthy features of the ancient highland way of life.
To establish a registry of MacGillivray families in Australia and their histories as an aid to present and future genealogical research, which might otherwise be lost forever.
To work side-by-side with the Clan Chattan Association, bearing in mind the important part played by the MacGillivrays in the great confederation of clans.