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Australia Branch

Kim Polley, Secretary
PO Box 84
Tasmania 7301

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The latest Australian branch newsletter is available here.
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The Merchant of Sydney

A new book has recently been published in Australia telling the rags-to-riches story of James Chisholm (1772-1837).
The flyer for the book is shown here and further information on purchase of the book can be obtained here.

The book is published by:
Australian Scholarly Publishing / Arcadia
P.O. Box 299
Vic 3101

2011 AGM Weekend 2-3 April 2011


Saturday morning was an early start and quite chilly as we made our way up to Bundanoon to find a place in the car park and put our things in the gazebo. Donald C had already put up the blue and white balloons to decorate our space, so all was ready for us to make our way up to the start of the march. We found our designated slot between two bands and finally set off beneath our banner. Just up the road we spotted Allan Asquith, complete with his Scots flag, so he joined Donald who was carrying the banner. Ken Watson was there as we entered the oval and joined the final stage of the march. There were many people lining the route, the music was wonderful and I think we all felt proud as we marched along. The photos show us, all decked out in tartan and we made a good show for the Chisholms!

The Festival opened after our march and Bundanoon became Brigadoon for the day, with road signage and train station appropriately re-named. Steam trains whooped their way into the station, games continued on the oval, pipe bands were playing all day and the crowd reached many thousands. There was plenty to amuse and feed the children and adults all day long.
The final piper closed the day at around 5pm and we packed up our gazebo and made our way back to the cars and joined the exit trail back to our motel.


The Clan Chisholm Society started in Australia in 1954. Miriam Chisholm, of "Kippilaw", Goulburn, NSW was the founder of the society here, having joined the Society in Scotland. She organised the first meeting in May 1954 in Sydney with Professor Alan Rowland Chisholm elected as the first president. A Victorian branch was formed later and later again amalgamated with the NSW branch.
Our clan has had many get-togethers over the years and meets annually for its AGM. For some years now this has been in March of each year. We tend to alternate our meetings between NSW and Victoria, often meeting at Goulburn, south west of Sydney, where the first Chisholm settler pioneered a sheep property in the 1830s. Many members, including Miriam Chisholm, are descendants of James Chisholm, the patriarch of this family who arrived at Sydney Town in 1790 as a military officer just two years after the initial British settlement.
Some highlights in the life of the Society in Australia have been the building of a cairn of stones from Chisholm connections all over the world. The first dedication was in 1963, and the cairn was finally completed and re-dedicated in 2002.
Another highlight was the launch of a book "The Clan Chisholm in Australia 1790-1990" in 1990. Celebrating 200 years of Chisholms in Australia, many Australian Chisholms submitted stories of their family?s emigration and settlement in this country. The launch was held at "Gledswood", Narellan, NSW, on the outskirts of Sydney. This property was also one of the original farms of the first Chisholm settler (James Chisholm), comprising a beautiful old homestead, garden and farm (now a vineyard).


Chisholm Bibliography

Genealogy Project