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The Preident
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The Preident
The Games of 2016 proved to be another
very successful event where we had
more people through the gate than ever
before, in excess of 7,500. It is indeed
heartening to see our usual visitors back
as well as a new group who seem to turn
up each year.
On this occasion I would like to welcome
our Honoured Guest, Hon. Sandy
MacDonald, as our Chieftain of the Day
who will assist with ofcial duties. Please
take the opportunity to speak with him.
As we face our eighteenth event we
look forward with anticipation to what
we hope will be another successful year
for the Games with an expected crowd
coming from all parts of Australia and booking well in advance to be there. The committee is
indeed very proud to have been able to put back into the communities of the Upper Hunter
region an amount close to $100,000.00 since inception in 2000.
These events don’t just happen; they are the result of a lot of hard work by a dedicated
committee, a team of sponsors providing funds and other in kind benets and of course the
people in general who continue to ock through our gates each year. Please check out the
list of sponsors in this programme for further detail.
We also need to thank the many stall holders who bring their wares for sale; the pipe bands
who ll the air with music and return year after year for what they see as a “great day out”;
the Tartan Warriors whose feats of strength draw huge numbers plus all the other events in
which the whole family can partake. The Ceilidh in the evening has always been a great hit,
with the tickets selling at a premium.
Again this year I would like to thank St Helier’s Correctional Centre for all their efforts and their
help with the hard work of the setup and the clearing away after the event. Also to the Upper
Hunter Shire Council who go out of their way to ensure the ground is available and ready
for us each year. Through the Shire we also thank the Scone Visitor Information Centre, who
over the period have handled so many enquiries and have been instrumental with the sale
of tickets for both the Games and the Ceilidh.
On behalf of the committee I bid you all a welcome to Aberdeen and to the 18th annual
Aberdeen Highland Games. We hope and trust that your sojourn with us in July is a great one
that will bring back many happy memories in the years to come.
Chrle Cke - Preident
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Sandy Macdonald
Hon JAL (Sandy) Macdonald is a wool and beef producer
at Wallabadah near Quirindi. He is a fourth generation
Australian Scot. His paternal grandfather, JML Macdonald,
came to Australia in 1865 from Arbroath, Scotland. JML
Macdonald had 10 brothers and sisters and Sandy and his
family have had the chance to visit Arbroath and meet a
number of fourth cousins!
His maternal great grandfather, James Richmond, also
came to Australia in the 1860’s from Scotland and became
a pioneer in the Australian Merino industry.
Sandy was elected to the Australian Senate for NSW
between 1993 and 2008. He served as Parliamentary
Secretary for Trade, and then Defence. He was admitted
to the Executive Council in 2005.
Since leaving Parliament he has been a company director
including serving on the Australian Government ANZAC
Centenary Advisory Board. He is also the Chairman of
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) which provides over
16,000 Defence residences for Australian Defence Force members.
DHA plays an important role in the Australian community as a substantial house builder and
developer for the purpose of providing quality housing to serving ADF personnel.
Sandy is married to Alice and has three children, a daughter at University of New England
doing Primary Education and twin boys in year 12.
Sandy is delighted to be included in this iconic annual Highland gathering held here at
Aberdeen, NSW. This is a wonderful community activity that he has long enjoyed. He very
much enjoys his Scottish heritage.
Chief f the Dy
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Friday June 30 - Tartan Golf Day
The Tartan Golf Day will be hosted by the Aberdeen Ladies Golf. This is a
Canadian foursome, ladies, mixed pairs or men. Tartan dress is optional, but
highly recommended to get into the spirit of the day. This event is sponsored by
Hunter Belle Cheese. To enter ring Toni Partridge on 02 6543 7315.
Friday Evening June 30 - Muswellbrook RSL Club
Ceilidh band: Hills District Pipe Band will be entertaining guests. Meals available at
the bistro. Courtesy bus available, Bridge Street Muswellbrook. 02 6543 1700
Saturday July 1 - International Tartan Day
Saturday July 1 - Jefferson Park, Aberdeen - Gates open at 0800
0800hrs ............. Muster at Jefferson Park
0900hrs ............. Grand Parade at Harrison Oval
0945hrs ............. Opening Ceremony - Drum Major: Ray Burgess
.......................... Massed Band Salute
.......................... Inspection of Clans and Bands
.......................... Address by the Chieftain of the Day - Sandy Macdonald
Espresso Coffees Hot Chocolates
Chai Lattes Cold Drinks
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Saturday July 1 - Jefferson Park, Aberdeen - continued
1030hrs ............. Highland and Country dancing
onwards ...........Pipe Band displays
.......................... Tartan Warrior’s competition, including sheaf toss and caber toss
.......................... Tug of War titles
.......................... Amateur Tug of War competition
.......................... Novelty events such as: kilted dash, potato sack race, egg &
spoon race, best dressed laddie & lassie and pet competition
1600hrs ............. Mass pipe bands
.......................... Presentation of trophies
.......................... Closing ceremony
.......................... Lone Piper
Continued page 9
See map on page 11 for event locations
For further information and updates on events
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13 Bridge St
NSW 2333
(02) 6543 1700
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Saturday evening July 1 - Ceilidh
A traditional Ceilidh will be held at the Multipurpose Centre, St Joseph’s High
School Aberdeen commencing at 6.30pm and will feature Chris Duncan &
Catherine Strutt. Address to the Haggis and display by Lithgow Highland Pipe
Band. Included in the ticket price of $75 per head will be a haggis entree
plus a two course dinner, tea and coffee. BYO for all drinks. Bookings can be
made through the Scone Information Centre on 02 6540 1300 or by visiting and following the links to
Saturday evening July 1 - Aberdeen RSL & Citizens Club
Situated on Moray Street Aberdeen and open all day until late with full bar amenities
and restaurant. Entertainment by Tamworth District Pipe Band. All welcome. For
more information 02 6543 7141.
Sunday July 2 - Kirkin’ of the Tartan Service - 10.30am
At St Marks Church, Moray Street, Aberdeen followed by a morning tea in the
Church hall.
Aberdeen RSL
& Citizens Club
Meals and courtesy
bus available, for more
information phone
02 6543 7141
Muswellbrook RSL Club
Meals and courtesy
bus available, for more
information phone
02 6543 1700
Scone Sporties
The Sporties Club has
an excellent bistro and
courtesy bus available.
For more information
phone 02 6545 1814
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Out early July - delivered to every household in Aberdeen
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Opening Ceremony
from 1030
Fiddle Music
Best Dressed -
lassie, laddie and pets
Closing Ceremony
Tug-o-War Championship
National Tug-o-War Championship
will commence early and continue
throughout the day until completion
Massed Band
a) Parade will commence at 0900
followed by the Massed Bands and
Opening Ceremony
b) Massed Bands & Closing Ceremony
at 1600
Strong Men
The Tartan Warriors will take to the eld
for their rst display at 1030. Listen for
announcements on the day for other
display times
Band Displays
Displays by attending Pipe Bands will
commence after the opening ceremony
and continue throughout the day
Activities Area
Fun Activities for children of all ages from
1130, including: Kitled Dash, Potato Sack
Race, Egg and Spoon, Fish for Nessie,
Tartan Beanie Toss, and Adults Amateur
Tug-o-War after the kids events
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Aberdeen RSL & Citizens Club
Ph 02 6543 7141
23 Moray Street, Aberdeen NSW 2336
Facilities include:
• Social Bowls • Social & Competition Darts • Pool Table • Keno & Poker Machines
• Meals for lunch and dinner Thursday – Sunday • Raffles Wednesday and Friday Nights and Sunday Midday
• Bingo Saturday at midday
• Hosting of private and community fundraising events & weddings, birthdays and other functions
(Parking at your own risk)
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Tartan Warriors
The Tartan Warriors are a great part of the Aberdeen Highland Games,
where athletes compete in a traditional Celtic strongman competition.
There is tremendous strength and determination on display when the
athletes compete in three traditional events; Stones, Sheaf and Caber Toss.
Stones: Clach Cuid Fir (Gaelic for Manhood Stone) is a traditional test of pure strength. The
athletes compete against the clock to determine who can lift ve stones of increasing weights
off the ground and onto barrels. With the stones weighing between 100 and 165kg this is not an
event for the average person, but it is great to watch.
Sheaf Toss: This traditional Scottish agricultural sport involves using a pitchfork to hurl a burlap
bag stuffed with straw over a horizontal bar above the competitor’s head. The bag typically
weighs about 7kg and athletes are given three chances to get it cleanly over the bar, without
touching it. The winner is the athlete who can successfully clear the highest bar.
Caber Toss: This traditional Scottish athletic event is said to have developed from the need
to toss logs across narrow chasms to cross them. Using a large wooden pole, called a caber,
the object is not the sheer distance of the throw, but rather to have the caber fall directly
away from the thrower after landing. A perfect throw ends with the ‘top’ end nearest to the
thrower and the ‘bottom’ end pointing exactly away. This is an impressive feat when the caber
is typically 5.94m long and weighs 79kg.
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Scone RSL Club
• Live entertainment
• Schooners only $3.00: Thursdays 5pm – 7pm,
Saturdays 1pm – 3pm & Sundays 4pm - 6pm
• TAB Facilities • Sky Channel
71 Guernsey Street, Scone Phone 02 6545 1669
Scone Sporties
• Dine and experience authentic Italian cuisine • TAB • Keno
• Children’s playground • Courtesy bus available • Social golfers welcome
Acclaimed ‘The best 9-hole golf course in the Hunter’
Phone 02 6545 1814 Aberdeen Street, Scone Information for members and their guests
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Highland Dancers
No event at the Aberdeen Highland Games encompasses such enthusiasm
and colour as, highland dancing and what better sight and sound can
there be that encapsulates the very essence of Scotland than the bagpipes
accompanying a kilted dancer, swaying and pirouetting to traditional airs!
Highland dancing requires great exibility, agility, timing and stamina to precisely execute
the intricate footwork which makes the dance style so unique. You will see them perform
many classic highland dances including the Sword Dance, the Highland Fling and the Seann
Trubhas. This mixture of Scottish dance and music always makes the highland dancing a crowd
favourite which shouldn’t be missed.
As well as the highland dancing there is the more social form of Scottish dancing. Scottish
country dancing is done in sets, typically of three, four or ve couples, arranged either in two
lines (men facing ladies) or in a square, and involves the dancers dancing a sequence of set
formations enough times to bring them back to their starting positions. Its always great fun and
you’ll have plenty of chances to try it at the Ceilidh.
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Scottish ddler Chris Duncan and pianist Catherine Strutt have
been exploring and performing the traditional ddle music
of Scotland since 1990 together. Specialising in the Scottish
music idiom, the ARIA and multi-award winning, Newcastle
based duo, have performed internationally and nationally
at festivals, concerts, private functions and
countless Scottish country dances and balls.
In recent years as ceilidhs have become more
and more popular, they have established for
themselves a strong reputation as Australia’s
leading Scottish wedding ceilidh “band” and
are the preferred choice for Scottish wedding
ceilidhs. In recent years, they have become a
popular and integral thread of the woven
tartan of events that is the Aberdeen
Highland Games.
Chris and Catherine’s superlative
musicianship bring to life the
sensitive slow airs, the swing of the
jig and groove of the reel, leaving
audiences and dancers alike
captivated, earning them much
respect as Australia’s foremost
Scottish music duo.
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Competition starts at 9am.
There will be 5 men’s weight divisions (from lightweight through to open
weight), 2 mixed weight divisions and an interstate competition.
People can expect to see 6 of the Country’s best Tug-o-war teams ghting
it out for gold.
The Hunter Valley’s own Maitland Club, with pullers from Muswellbrook &
Denman, will be defending 4 National Titles won in 2016.
The Maitland, Koorumburra (Victoria) and Na Fianna (Brisbane) Clubs
combined to form the 2016 Australian squad that contested the World
Championships in Sweden, defeating France, Serbia and Wales on the way
to nishing 13th in the World!
Tug-o-War is a great team sport, not only in which to participate but also for
spectators. Two teams pit themselves against each other in a test of strength
and strategy, with the objective of pulling their opponents four metres off
the centre mark. The match is won after a best of three ends.
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The McMullin Shield
Presented by the Fraser family of St Aubins, Scone, NSW.
To the Band in rst place for all round display judged upon
traditional piping, drumming and drill.
2000 -
2001 Clan MacLeod Pipe Band
2002 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
2003 Scone RSL Pipes & Drums
2004 Manly Warringah Pipe Band
2005 Manly Warringah Pipe Band
2006 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
2007 Manly Warringah Pipe Band
2008 Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2009 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
2010 Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2011 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
2012 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
2013 Sydney Thistle Pipe Band
2014 Sydney Thistle Pipe Band
2015 Pipe Band Club
2016 Pipe Band Club
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The Scottish Australian Heritage Council Trophy
For the runner up Band
2009 Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2010 Hills District Pipe Band
2011 City of Armidale Pipe Band
2012 Clan McEwan Pipe Band
2013 Tamworth District Pipe Band
2014 Tamworth District Pipe Band
2015 Sydney Thistle Pipe Band
2016 Tamworth & District Highland Pipe Band
Aberdeen Highland Games Perpetual Trophy and Runner-Up
For the Best Display Band on the day
2014 1st: Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2015 1st: Sydney Thistle Pipe Band 2nd: Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2016 1st: Lithgow Highland Pipe Band 2nd: City of Blacktown Pipe Band
The Celtic Warriors Annual Trophy
For the Band coming in third place
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2010 Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2011 Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2012 Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
2013 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
2014 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
2015 Tamworth District Pipe Band
2016 United Mine Workers Pipe Band
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President Charles Cooke
Vice President Bill Summers
Secretary Lisa Bourke
Treasurer Elizabeth Birch
Band Coordinator Charles Cooke
Stall Coordinator Suzanne Andrews
Ci ee
Jim Birss
Garry Dudgeon
John Driscoll
Lorna Driscoll
Kim Durie
Vicki French
Hannah Jones
Sandy Jones
Steve Jones
David Leedham
Mary-Ellen Leedham
Nikki O’Driscoll
Kerry Cooke
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The Aberdeen Highland Games is an action packed day of events with something for all
the family. After the Grand Opening Ceremony, which occupies the whole of Harrison Oval,
several events take place consecutively at various points on the oval. Whilst visitors with
disabilities are welcome, it must be stressed that all events take place on a grassed oval, with
no grandstand and limited seating.
It is recommended to bring a chair.
Harrison Oval is level but access from the entry gate and into the food court is on an incline.
Disabled parking is located near the main entry gates.
Buses carrying seniors are welcome to drop off their passengers at the entry gate and then
return to park in the designated coach parking area.
There is one disabled toilet at Harrison Oval, together with ladies and gentlemen’s toilets. It
is only once a year that this venue sees the number of visitors that the Aberdeen Highland
Games bring and every effort is made to provide sufcient facilities, with an additional
two portable disabled-access toilets. Additional toilet facilities are available in the Sport
& Recreation Club next to the oval and at the football ground opposite. Lunchtime sees
queues at all the food stalls so be prepared for a little wait or alternately elect to eat outside
of the popular times of 12 noon to 2pm. The Aberdeen Highland Games is a costly event to
stage and no complimentary entry is available. Carers assisting those with disabilities may
enter at the concession rate. Companion card accepted.
Dibili e
The Scottish Australian Heritage Council
Founded 1981.
The SAHC was founded in June 1981 for the purpose of fostering the heritage brought by
Scottish immigrants to Australia, including Scottish music, literature, culture, language and history.
We do this by:
· promoting and organising events
· supporting other Scottish organisations
· participating in the celebration of Scottish festivals
· promoting liaison between groups and societies in Australia of Scottish Heritage, or which
celebrate Scottish heritage
· encouraging the continued use and survival of Scots Gaelic.
SAHC welcomes individuals, clans, and businesses of all kinds in support of the work of the Council.
SAHC represents the Scottish community in conjunction with Scottish clans, highland games, country
and highland dancing, pipe and drum bands, and organisations to further our mission across the
SAHC is a member of the Celtic Council of Australia, other Scottish coordinating organisations
nationally, and involved with government bodies at all levels.
About the Scottish Australian Heritage Council
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Without our sponsors it would not happen!
We would like to say a special thanks to all those who have supported
our 18th annual Aberdeen Highland Games.
David Paradice
Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders
Mt Arthur Coal
Muswellbrook RSL Club
Upper Hunter Shire Council
AGL Macquarie
Aberdeen RSL & Citizens Club
Aberdeen Sports & Recreation Club
Aberdeen Motel
ADR Web Designs
Cellarbrations – Aberdeen
First National Edward Higgins Parkinson
Fraser family of St Aubins
Hunter Valley Printing
MacCallum Inglis
Osborn’s Bus Services
Scone Spare Parts
St Kilda Australia
The Hunted Gourmet
The Scottish Banner
White Heather Highland Supplies
DRONEAG NSW - Certied Remote Pilot
William Grant & Son Whisky
Regional Australia Bank
Home Hardware Scone
Hunter Valley Honey
Chameleon Bags & Baskets
Berry & French Chemists
Dimmock’s Meats
Scone RSL
Upper Hunter Audio Visual
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Chief of the Day Honour Roll
2000 David Macintyre
2001 Colin Munro
2002 Gavin Gidley - Baird
2003 Murdo MacLeod
2004 Peter Cameron
Murdo MacLeod as substitute
2005 Alasdair Sutherland
2006 Warwick Murray
2007 Ian McCrae
2008 The Lord Sempill
2009 Duncan Macintyre
2010 Keith Miles
2011 His Excellency
Michael Bryce AM AE
2012 Torquil Donald MacLeod
2013 John MacNeacail
2014 Greg MacLennan
2015 John MacLeod
2016 Lachlan Neil Macdonald
Chief of the Day 2017
Sandy Macdonald
Thank you for attending our
Games, we hope you enjoyed
your time with us and will
tell your friends about your
experience. We wish you a
safe journey home and look
forward to welcoming you
back in 2018.