2015 Programme

Meetings are on the 28th day of the month, held at the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture & Design*, Vivian Street (at the junction with top of Marion Street); entrance opposite the back of the Comfort Hotel (ex Chancellor/Trekkers). [*UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE] 7.15 for 7.30pm start.

Visitors are welcome (no charge for regular meetings), Scottish blood not necessary! Other events may also be held.


Saturday 28 February 2015 at 7.30pm
Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014

The audiences at the Tattoo especially loved the NZ item – a fabulous fusion of Highland dancing and Maori Kapahaka telling the story of the Scottish migrants arriving in the country.  Co-choreographer Shirley-Anne Thomson, together with Major Julie Richardson, will take us behind the scenes and show extracts from the spectacle.

Saturday 28 March 2015 at 2.30pm*
Treasure Trove at the Turnbull – at The Turnbull (National) Library* Molesworth St

Alexander Turnbull’s wonderful collection formed the nucleus of our National Library.  Our visit offers a dip into the pile of treasures pertaining to Scots in NZ  – letters, photos etc.; view the first class reproduction of The Book of Kells.  Strictly limited numbers (maybe 2 groups); book by 22nd March;  ph Edith 388-8069, Pauline 976-4525, Linda 567-0557.

Tuesday 28 April 2015
Wellington’s Mayors: the first, Scotsman George Hunter – today’s, Celia Wade-Brown

Our Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will discuss the development of Wellington City and civic politics from Hunter’s time, provide insights into her role today and share plans to celebrate (in July) Wellington becoming NZ’s Capital City 150 years ago.

Thursday 28 May 2015
Revitalising Scottish Fishing Villages – more than pretty pictures – necessity !

Proud fishing villages such as Balintore in the North of Scotland were the lively and industrious gateways to the ocean for much of the country’s population.  Are the dwindling populations losing their attachment to their homes? The 2014 recipient of VUWSIG’s Prize at the School of Architecture & Design, Robert Budge, explores how a vibrant dialogue between the people, the built environment and the sea could reclaim the region’s cultural and social life – assure survival !

Sunday 28 June 2015 at 3pm*
Dame Fiona Kidman and her intriguing novel “The Book of Secrets” – from Scotland to Waipu

The tale of three generations of women – kelp gatherers in Scotland to new immigrants in Waipu, with time in Nova Scotia en route, and their leader the stern Presbyterian minister Rev. Norman McLeod.  The author will talk about her research for the book, and her own life in Waipu. She has a long established Scots background in New Zealand.

Tuesday 28 July 2015
Scottish Mercenaries – welcome assistants on numerous fronts

From early times Scots have travelled widely: their adventurous spirit and prowess on the battle field was utilised by many countries, where they often achieved much prominence e.g. Sweden, Russia.  Pauline Quinn will tell some of their stories.

Friday 28 August 2015
The Darling Buds of Gorse  –  Garden writer Bethney McLennan warns of a threatened heritage

The Scots brought to N Z vital food plants (oats and barley), forestry crops for building, gorse for protective hedges. They  nursed tiny cuttings and seed of flowering plants that would always tie them to “Home”. That heritage is now under threat.

Monday 28 September 2015
Scotland Before It Was Scotland  –  archaeological digs uncover Pictish surprises !

The north of Scotland – the cultural centre of Britain?  Digs are changing our perceptions of the early inhabitants of the North East, Sutherland and Orkney. Scottish Universities have formulated some interesting hypotheses from this painstaking work by amateurs. Ana Heath (Papa Westray, Orkney) and Maureen Johnston (Aberdeenshire) will share these discoveries.

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Starring the very versatile actor Ian Cuthbertson

Enjoy the many talents on stage and screen of the popular fine Scottish actor Ian Cuthberston.  Annette Gazley will present a good variety of his work, including his character of Scunner Campbell whose dastardly deeds were frustrated by the feisty Supergran  – some fun to end the year !   This will be preceded by a short review of 2015 and look forward to 2016.

Sunday 22* November 2015 at Frank Kitts’ Park* 12.00-4.00pm*
Marking ST. ANDREW’S DAY  –  Scotland’s National Day

The City of Wellington Pipe Band intend to organise again a celebration with music, dancing, clan tents, etc.  Also the Wellington Region Scottish Country Dancers plan to hold a dance (ceilidh?) on Sat 28th.  Watch our website for details!

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