Clan Sinclair Australia

Editorial by Rory Sinclair in Roslin O Roslin, Winter 2000 (Vol 3 No 18). The "3-legged stool" was Clan Sinclair with its organizations in Canada, the USA and the UK; Brad Sinclair Barker was the President of Clan Sinclair USA; and John Sinclair Quarterman's website hosted the Sinclair Discussion List.

The Internet has had its first great victory at least as far as Clan Sinclair is concerned. And Brad Sinclair Barker's 3-legged stool is now a chair resting on 4 strong legs.

At least since last February, since your editor joined the Sinclair discussion group run by John Sinclair Quarterman in the USA, there have been lots of spirited contributors from all over the world but it was clear that the Australians were a special bunch.

Towards the end of 1999, to the astonishment and delight of the other members of the Sinclair Discussion Group, these three, almost as suddenly as it took Micky Rooney to shout "Hey, let's put on a show!" in very short order decided to found Clan Sinclair Australia. We all felt like mid-wives or nervous fathers or visiting Magi for it all seemed to be a miracle.

Margaret is President, Annie is Secretary, and John is Treasurer.

The messages of applause and support poured in when Margaret announced the birth of the new Clan Sinclair organization: they have now begun their first recruiting drive. Our Chief, Malcolm Caithness has agreed to be their patron and to pay a visit this year to get things off to a roaring start.

This would not have happened without the Internet. These three might have met but it would have taken either a large fluke or an extraordinary effort on the part of some individual - such as the work of Dr. E.G. Sinclair in getting Clan Sinclair off the ground in Canada in the 1960s and '70s and the work of David Sinclair Bouschor in doing similar work in the USA. That work involved physically going to different venues and composing newspaper ads and taking and making the phone calls to make it happen.

This is in no way to suggest that any organization that does not go through the "pen and pencil" stage is somehow cheating - everyone would have avoided it if he or she could have or if he or she could have used a tool like the Internet.

This is also not to suggest that the Internet is the panacea that will cure the ills of the world: but it can put people together more easily than might occur without it. And anything that makes it easier to put people together can only be a good thing.

And so it goes - our Clan continues to go from strength to strength.

Long Live Clan Sinclair Australia!   Long Live Clan Sinclair!


© Clan Sinclair Association Canada. All rights reserved.        
Maintained by admin@clansinclaircanada.ca