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"But there were no PCs then, no way
to record the information. Now they have
websites like ancestry.com, where people
can contact you and I have regular contact
with not just Scottish relatives, but
Australian and English relatives."
One of Ms Cooke's fondest memories
of that trip was her walk up the Royal
Mile to Edinburgh Castle.
"While I was there I visited the
war memorial part and saw my great
grandfather Lindsay's name there, because
he died in the First World War.
"He was killed a month before the
armistice in 1918 -- he's buried in France."
After his death, Ms Cooke's great-
grandmother migrated from Scotland
with her six children to "the Scottish
ghetto" in Balmain.
Following a lifetime of interest in her
Scottish ancestry, late last year Ms Cooke
was named the high commissioner of the
Lindsay clan in Australia.
" is means that I am entitled to
represent the chief of my clan in Australia.
I can go to a function and I am, in effect,
the head of clan Lindsay in Australia -- as
long as my chief is not there. If he comes
to Australia, then I step back."
As a result of her appointment,
Ms Cooke was asked to be the chieftain
at one of the world's largest Scottish
Highland gatherings, Bundanoon is
Brigadoon, in the NSW Southern
As part of her role as chieftain, Ms
Cooke said she will officially open the
gathering and make a short speech.
"I'm still coming to grips with the fact
that I'm actually chieftain this year. I was
a bit surprised that they chose me because
I'm not really anybody special. "
Having missed only one Bundanoon is
Brigadoon in the past 10 years, Ms Cooke
said she was looking forward to attending
the event in a different role.
More than 10,000 visitors are expected
to attend the annual event, which, starting
at 9.30am, includes Scottish dancing, a
street parade, a mass band performance,
the highland games and much more.
For an interesting family day out,
whether you are of Scottish heritage or
not, pay a visit to Bundanoon on April 17
and experience a wee bit of Scotland.
Bundanoon is Brigadoon
Where: Bundanoon Oval,
Erith Street, Bundanoon
When: April 17
Cost: Adults $18, child $5, family $40,
Phone: (02) 4883 7471
SCOTTISH FAIR: From far left, Canberra City Pipe Band; Joy Reiher School of Scottish Dancing
Highland Dancers and Swordplay School of Theatrical Fencing and Stage Combat.
CHIEFTAIN: Ms Susan Cooke of Canberra.
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