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Annual Seminar: Scotland's place in family history

Event Information

  • 28 Oct 2017 8:30am - 3:15pm
  • Queen Alexandra Centre, 347 Old Cleveland Rd
  • Coorparoo
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: $50 Members; $60 Non-Members

Far hiv we cum be fae (Doric for Where have we come from?)

The first European to die on Australian soil, in 1770, was a Scot from Orkney – Forbey Sutherland, a seaman with Captain Cook. The first Scots arrived in Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. Three of the first Governors of New South Wales were Scottish – Lachlan Macquarie, John Hunter and Thomas Brisbane.  Like the Irish, the Scots, since the first days of European settlement, have influenced and contributed to Australia’s way of life.  This seminar will explore Scottish surnames and the clans and the Scots-Irish from the time of the Ulster Plantation.  You will also learn how to use the Scotlands People web site and what you need to do to get the most out of your visit to various archives and record offices in Scotland.


  •  Dr Jennifer Harrison – Scotland’s people & places: What’s in a name?
  • Pauleen Cass – Preparing for your family research trip in Scotland
  • Cathie Sherwood – The Scots-Irish: Scotland and the Ulster Plantation
  • Bob McAllister – Using Scotland’s People web site
  • Alistair Henderson – The inexhaustible source: The register of deeds
  • Ken Nisbet – Scottish military history
    (Ken is Secretary of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies and will present live from Scotland via video link.)