Saturday 20 May
Venue: Corangamite Shire - Old Council Chamber (opposite Clock Tower)
Entry fee: $5 per lecture or $20 for entire series
9.30 am - 10.30 am: Dr Iain Buckland
“More than Haggis – Scottish cuisine in the time of Robert Burns”.
10.30 am - 11.30 am: Martin Maloney
"The life and works of John Greenshields, the Sculptor who created Camperdown's Robert Burns statue".
11.30 am - 12.30 pm: Gordon Ashley
“Strange Bedfellows: Robert Burns and Andrew Carnegie – Affinities and Divergences”.
1.30 pm - 2.30 pm: Len Murray
"Why all the fuss about Burns?"
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm: Fiona Ross
"Ae fond kiss…. Robert Burns on women in his poetry, songs and relationships".
About the Lecturers
Dr Iain Buckland
Following a long career as a mechanical engineer specialising in energy conservation and sustainability, Iain Buckland embarked on a new career exploring a long-held passion for food culture and history. Even as a newly graduated engineer working in power stations in country N.S.W. in the 1970s, he was drawn to the food of some of his work colleagues who had recently come from Fiji, India, Singapore and Cambodia. This initiated a life-long interest in the origins of cuisines and the history of national dishes.
In 2011, Iain completed a Le Cordon Bleu Master of Arts in Gastronomy at the University of Adelaide. Iain’s research for his Master’s thesis was on the work of Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks, physiologist, World War II army rations reformer and founder of the Australian Army Catering Corps. This led to an offer from the University to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in food history which he completed in 2016.
Iain has an academic interest in the historical evolution of food cultures and the topic for this research project was the development of a comprehensive culinary history of Beleura, an Italianate mansion in Mornington built from 1863. Iain’s research considered the technological, cultural and social changes that have influenced Australian cuisine, viewed through the documentary and material evidence available at Beleura. Iain is currently assembling recipes associated with Beleura for a future publication. He has also returned to his earlier research for a planned comprehensive biography of Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks. 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.
Martin was born and raised in Melbourne. He enjoys studying history and has a particular interest in the works of his ancestor, the eminent Scottish sculptor John Greenshields, the creator of Camperdown’s Robert Burns Statue. He is also a self confessed AFL tragic and is a member of both the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Collingwood Football Club (yes he has his own teeth!).
After graduating in Business Studies Martin had a decade long career in Merchant Banking in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney before commencing his own business pursuits in Victoria. He successfully established a food manufacturing company in suburban Richmond. He has an interest in several agribusiness operations in the Wimmera and Western Districts.
Martin is the great, great grandson of Scottish immigrant George Patterson Greenshields who came to Australia in 1852 from Dumfries and Galloway. George established the Glenaroua Merino Stud near Seymour which is still in the Greenshields family.
It was while researching the life of his paternal grandmother, herself a Greenshields, that he became aware of the works of John Greenshields the sculptor and in particular Camperdown’s Burns Statue. Further research confirmed that he was indeed an ancestor of Martin’s and that he had produced other notable works such as the Rob Roy Statue at Sir Walter Scott’s home Abbotsford in Melrose and the famous Glenfinnan Monument at Loch Shiel. Martin’s interest in John Greenshield's life and work continued to grow and in 2015 he visited Scotland to view as many of his sculptures as possible.
Martin is looking forward to sharing his findings at Camperdown’s 2017 Robert Burns Scottish Festival.
Gordon Ashley was raised on a soldier-settlement dairy farm in South Gippsland, where, during his teenage years, the daily routines of his life were not too dissimilar from those Robert Burns endured during his youth.
Gordon went on to graduate from Melbourne University and Melbourne School of Divinity before being appointed twice to postings with the Australian High Commission in London. His first posting was as a Migration Officer in Glasgow and then London. His second posting was as Professions Adviser to prospective migrants at Australia House.
On returning to Australia in the early 1980s, Gordon set up a personnel consulting business to assist both Australian residents and settlers from overseas to find good jobs principally in Melbourne and regional Victoria. He continued in this work until elected to the Victorian Parliament as Liberal member for Bayswater in 1992.
Among his initiatives as an MP Gordon counts the establishment of a new primary school in an established suburb; the undergrounding of the notorious Boronia railway crossing; the early trialling of vocational education in Victorian secondary schools and the enhancement of palliative care services throughout metropolitan Melbourne and country districts. Following the end of his parliamentary life, Gordon turned his attention to writing and research – a switch that was to lead his discovering the particular significance of the Robert Burns statue in Camperdown.
Largely through the efforts of Gordon, the significance of the statue and the outstanding contribution of Scots to the settlement and progress of Camperdown and district has been brought to international attention.
Len Murray, Justice of the Peace (retired), Bachelor of Law, Solicitor to the Supreme Courts of Scotland, Knight Commander of Justice of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller, was born in Glasgow a long time ago, he says, certainly long before Traffic Wardens were ever invented.
After studying Modern Languages, History and Law at Glasgow University he qualified as a solicitor. He remained in practice in Glasgow until 2003 when he retired. He says he had not a bad career. He was once described by a High Court Judge as “the most respected of his generation” and in the media as “one of the most acclaimed Scottish lawyers”.
He is now equally well known as one of Scotland's top after-dinner speakers and was Scottish Wit of the Year in 2012 and again in 2015, the only speaker to win that award twice. He is also a former winner of the prestigious Wag of the Year award.
Len is also regarded as one of Scotlands foremost speakers on Robert Burns and his "Immortal Memory" address has been described as “legendary” and by a President of the Burns Federation as the best she has ever heard.
He is Dean of the Guild of Robert Burns Speakers and has spoken at over 400 Burns Suppers right across the world on five continents from Edmonton and Calgary in North West Canada, to Melbourne and Camperdown in South East Australia. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Burns Federation and is an Honorary President of Greenock Burns Club, the oldest Burns Club in the world.
In January 2009 the Scottish Parliament held its first ever Burns Supper with various dignitaries from all over the World attending. Len was invited by the Presiding Officer to propose the "Immortal Memory" at that historic event.
Fiona was born and brought up in Glasgow, the youngest of a busy household of five children. It was from her dad that Fiona inherited a love of Scottish song, and singing these songs was part of her home life from an early age. It wasn’t until living in Edinburgh in the '90s though, that Fiona really became immersed in the folk scene – regularly attending folk clubs and taking part in the many vibrant sessions of the time.
Respected in Scotland as a fine interpreter of Scots song, Fiona’s singing style represents the essence of the Scots tradition. Fiona’s Scots language repertoire ranges from songs of everyday life, love and work to the ‘muckle sangs’ - the big ballads. She has performed at traditional music festivals throughout Scotland and internationally.
Fiona recently moved to Melbourne and has been busy since then performing at major festivals and events around the country. In addition to her singing, Fiona is currently studying at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she is researching traditional singing and the folk revival in Scotland.