Top line-up for Burns Festival Lectures

The lecture program for the 2019 Camperdown Robert Burns Scottish Festival will feature some great speakers on everything Scottish.

Coordinated by the Camperdown & District Historical Society, the lecture program has grown in popularity over the years.  According to Festival chairman Dr John Menzies OAM, “an important aim of the Festival is to educate the community about the enormous contribution and influence of our Scottish forebears. The lecture program is a vital component of this”, he said.

Speaking this year will be former long-serving Federal politician and well known local identity, Stewart McArthur. Stewart is a descendant of Peter McArthur, a founding Scot of Camperdown district. His subject will be; “Scots Tradition: Five generations of McArthur’s – A perspective of 180 years at ‘Meningoort’, 1839 – 2019”

There will be a welcome return of culinary expert Dr Iain Buckland, who will talk about “the immigrant food experience for the Western District settlers from Scotland”.

Also making a return appearance will be Dr Ben Wilkie. A social and environmental historian, Dr Wilkie has a long-standing interest in the relationships between Scotland and Australia. His subject will be; “A poet for every occasion: The many faces of Burns in Australia”.

A highlight of the lecture program will be a talk by La Trobe University Anthropologist, Dr Raymond Madden, about early Scottish pastoralist and activist, James Dawson. A resident of Camperdown, James Dawson is internationally known and respected for his fierce support and advocacy for the Aboriginal people. Dr Madden’s talk is titled; “James Dawson: Advocacy and Antipathy in Colonial Western Victoria”.

James Dawson to feature at Burns Festival lectures

The lectures will be held in the ‘Killara Centre’ Camperdown on Saturday 6th July, commencing at 10.30 am.