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Caledonian Society ball programme

Caledonian Society ball programme

Many patriotic Scottish societies were established in the second half of the 19th century. The social and cultural events they staged kept Scots in New Zealand aware of their traditions. When the Caledonian Society of Wellington held its first annual ball in 1887, the cover of the programme featured a border of Scotland’s national plant, the thistle.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Caledonian Society of Wellington Collection
Reference: Eph-A-BALL-1887-01-cover

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John Wilson, 'Scots - Scottish culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015