30th April – Blue Malt Cafe
McLEOD family members gather in 2014 at the plaque they erected in the Branxholme cemetery where many of their ancestors’ graves are now unmarked.
|THE McLeod clan of Condah will gather on April 30 for the sixth annual reunion of the descendants of Norman and Susan McLeod, who migrated to Australia in 1854.
A highlight this year will be recollections of a number of family members who have visited the emigrant couple’s ancestral home on the Isle of Raasay in the Scottish Highlands.
|Norman and Susan were dispossessed crofters and they came with many other highlanders on the “Edward Johnston” which docked at Portland.
A family spokeswoman said the children of the original couple were well connected but over time some family members were “lost” to each other.
|However, through holding the reunion event each year the family had not only learnt much about the past but had reconnected the extended family.
People have attended from as far afield as Hobart and Sydney.
“This group’s focus is the community of Condah … past and present, with emphasis on the social history,” the spokeswoman said.
|1.||Maryanne Martin “visualises” the family tree via photos and labels on the function room floor.|
|2.||Elizabeth and David Hedger describe their recent visit to Raasay.|
|3.||Heather Funk outlines her work on the plaque for the Pioneer Wall at Branxholme.|
|4.||Discussion on whether correct spelling of surname is MacLeod or McLeod.|
|5.||Kevin MacLeod recalls some of the gaelic and other sayings used by his father and uncles.|