Saturday 6th July

Venue:  Killara Centre, Camperdown

Entry fee: $7.00 per lecture, $20.00 for series

 10.30 am – 11.30 am:  Stewart McArthur

“Scots Tradition: Five generations of McArthur’s – A perspective of 180 years at ‘Meningoort’, 1839 – 2019”  

11.30 am – 12.30 pm:  Dr Iain Buckland

“From Land o’Cakes to Camperdown – the immigrant food experience for the Western District settlers from Scotland”.

 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm: Dr Raymond Madden

James Dawson: Advocacy and Antipathy in Colonial Western Victoria

2.30 pm – 3.30 pm:  Dr Ben Wilkie

“A poet for every occasion: The many faces of Burns in Australia”


Stewart McArthur AM, is a fourth generation descendant of Peter McArthur, a founding Scot of Camperdown district. His property ‘Meningoort’ has been held by the McArthur family since 1839.

Stewart was educated at Bookaar State School, Geelong College and Cambridge University. He is a farmer, businessman and former politician. Stewart represented the Corangamite electors in the Australian House of Representatives for 23 years, from 1984 to 2007.

Following a long career as a mechanical engineer, Iain Buckland embarked on a new career exploring a long-held passion for food culture and history. In 2011, Iain completed a Le Cordon Bleu Master of Arts in Gastronomy at the University of Adelaide. This led to an offer from the University to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in food history which he completed in 2016.

Iain and his sculptor wife Julie Edgar both come from families with Scottish connections. This has inspired Iain to ongoing academic and practical interest in the unique culinary traditions of Scotland.

Dr Raymond Madden is a Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, at La Trobe University.

Raymond has taught ethnographic methods, applied anthropology, and human and animal anthropology for over a decade. He has also worked extensively in the area of native title research in South East Australia and has an interest in human and animal sociality.

Dr Ben Wilkie is an Australian social and environmental historian with a longstanding interest in the relationships between Scotland and Australia. His book, The Scots in Australia 1788-1938, was published in 2017.

Ben is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and an associate of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago. In 2019, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow Library. He was previously a Lecturer in Australian Studies at Deakin University