Ken Sutherland’s Musical (p. 317b of the Family Book)

Prophecy (by Iain Mackintosh, Ian Turnbull & Ken Sutherland) is a full-length stage musical
based on the legend of the Brahan Seer and the ill-fated House of Seaforth.
The action takes place mainly in Scotland; on the Isle of Lewis, the Brahan Estates
near Strathpeffer, and on the Black Isle. A brief interlude in Paris also features.
The story is set in the third quarter of the 17th century, with a short excursion
to 1815 and back.

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Ozgunns now have a Facebook site

Ozgunns is now on facebook
In order to make it easier for potential readers to discover our wonderful website Andrew Gunn has now created an Ozgunns Facebook site.
In a recent conversation with the family historian, Malcolm Gunn, it was decided that the potential opportunity of engaging a wider audience through this second channel of communication should be seized.
The website has actually been an astounding success, with world-wide readership, and having facilitated the discovery of previously unknown relatives and connections across various branches of the family tree.
A link to the Facebook site has been created (left). By right-clicking and opening the link on a new browser tab, users will be taken directly to the Facebook site. A link has also been placed on the Contacts page of this website.
Currently there is not much content on the Facebook site, but it is expected that this will grow over time.

Jim Gunn celebrates his 90th birthday

Jim responds with a little talk

Still firing on all cylinders, Jim Gunn, father of website editor Andrew Gunn, and of daughters Kath, Helen and Mandy had his 90th birthday on February 5, 2013.

Jim’s celebrations occurred on February 2nd, a few days earlier than his actual birthday.  There was a large turn-out of Jim’s family and friends for the occasion, when Helen Harpas (Gunn) and husband Steve hosted the occasion.

Over 50 guests arrived at the appointed time, with a large contingent from New South Wales.  The whole of the Gunn Clan from Sydney seemed to have descended upon Adelaide!  Andrew’s son and daughter had flown into Adelaide the previous day and they had brought their respective spouses and children with them.

Jim’s daughter, Mandy, had also flown in a few days earlier from Tasmania.

A magician miraculously appeared and several mysterious tricks later, the guests were treated to a feast of cakes, pies and barbecued shasliks.

To wrap up the events, Keith Bull delivered a humorous anecdote about his experiences in pushing Jim’s three-wheeler car when it broke down many years ago when the two of them attended university at night.  Andrew presented his father with a scrapbook containing photos and messages from members of the immediate family.  Jim also presented his great grandchildren with some wooden toys he had crafted in his workshop, as well as congratulating each member of the family for their achievements.

By 5 o’clock guests began to dwindle away with some very happy memories.

(click here to go to the picture gallery)


Grand-daughter number three for editor Andrew Gunn

Mammy Ruth holds grand-daughter number three, Phoebe Lemke

Phoebe Lemke, has arrived. She was born 9.28 pm on Monday 8 October 2012. 55 cm and 3.4 Kg. Phoebe’s parents Kelly (Gunn) and Adam Lemke are of course very pleased that Mother and child are both well. Their first born daughter Joscelyn now has a baby sister.
Andrew Gunn (site editor) and partner Ruth Stewart are now the proud Grandparents of four grand-children!

Another Gunn arrives in the arsenal

Andrew Gunn holds his new grandson

Andrew Gunn holds his new grandson

Ben Gunn (son of website editor Andrew Gunn) and his wife Carina have welcomed their second child into the world.
Harry Benjamin Gunn was born on Thursday 22 March 2012 at St George Hospital, Kogarah, Sydney. Harry was delivered by Caesarean Section and both baby and mum are well.

Gunn Newsletter number 10 now published

As is his way, Malcolm Gunn has once again done a great job in putting together the latest Gunn family newsletter. If you haven’t already received a copy by email, then you can download and read a copy from the Publications page of the website.
The newsletter reports on a range of events, including

  •  James MA Gunn asks Malcolm to be a signatory to a Petition to the Lord Lyon
    Court to convene a Family Convention to appoint Iain A Gunn of Banniskirk Chief of the
    Clan Gunn…
  •  Doug and Mavis Gunn’s eulogy by Millie Gunn
  •  Death of Graham Gunn, brother of Jim Gunn
  •  Birth of Daisy Gunn and Joscelyn (Gunn) Lemke and
  •  A geneological update

Thanks Malcolm.  Another great effort (ed).

Ozgunns website editor committed

Ruth and Andrew – committed

The editor of the Ozgunns website, Andrew Gunn has finally been committed. No – he hasn’t gone insane, rather he has publically pledged his commitment to his long-term partner of sixteen years, Ruth Stewart.Andrew and Ruth originally met each other while they were both working in the NSW Department of Education.  Since then they have seen their love grow from strength to strength.The ceremony to celebrate their commitment to each other was conducted by a former colleague of Andrew’s -Heather.Andrew and Ruth invited over forty family and friends to celebrate with them on 25 January 2012, two days after Andrew’s 60th birthday.The ceremony took place in Eden Gardens at North Ryde, Sydney.  Fine weather had been hoped for, but as it turned out, heavy rain fell and the entire proceedings were conducted under cover.  This did not deter people from having a good time at the event.One of the highlights of the afternoon was when Ray sang a song titled “Grace”, a play on words referring both to an unexpected happiness as well as the granddaughter of Ruth and Andrew, daughter of Ben and Carina Gunn. The significance of this is in the fact that since the birth of Grace, Ruth has become very comfortable with the role of Mammy Ruth and regularly looks after Grace on weekdays when Carina and Ben are at work or there is a need for extra support at times.

Ray dedicates his song to “Grace”

The commitment certificate was signed by friends Lee and Ron and later there were speeches from Andrew’s father, Jim Gunn, Ron, Ruth’s son Garth and Andrew. Jim had flown over from Adelaide specially for the occasion with Andrew’s sister Helen. Others from Adelaide included friends Phil and Elena with their son Luca.

Many other friends and relatives attended, a number of whom joined with Ruth and Andrew at their home after the ceremony for the “reception”.Technically, this was not a marriage.  However, Ruth and Andrew believe that it was an occasion to celebrate their relationship and they thank everyone who attended.  The presence of each and every one of the guests meant a great deal to them.

New Gunn safely delivered

Joscelyn, Kelly and Adam

Joscelyn, Kelly and Adam

April 2, 2011 marks the birthdate of the arrival of another member of the Gunn family.  Joscelyn Summer Lemke, daughter of Andrew Gunn’s daughter was born at Sutherland Hospital, Sydney.  Andrew and his partner Ruth visited Kelly and her husband Adam in the hospital only hours after Joscelyn was safely delivered on the Saturday morning.  Now three months old, Joscelyn is thriving and Kelly is enjoying her role as mother while she takes maternity leave from her regular job as an editor of a professional news magazine in Sydney CBD.

Kelly, Adam and Joscelyn have recently moved into their house in the Sutherland Shire where they are planning to undertake renovations of their house in the near future.  Looks like they are going to be very busy for some time to come.

Gunn Newsletter number 9 published

Malcolm Gunn has produced another fantastic newsletter. Issue 9 March 2011 is now downloadable from this website.  Click  the “Publications” tab at the top of t his page, then browse down to the section on newsletters, or, simply click on the highlighted link above.

Malcolm has included a really great roundup of news this time.  There is a report of his trip overseas with Jan, his wife, new revelations of family history, family activities and lots more.

Thanks Malcolm.  It looks really great.


Now there is a novel about the Gunn Clan

Celtic Blood promotional

A new book has recently been published by author Jim Loftus (published through Amazon, Kindle Books), Celtic Blood, set in 13th century Scotland. Celtic Blood explores the early history of the MacAedh’s, later known as MacKays and the mythical originator of clan Gunn. There are differing versions of the early history of clan Gunn, as that is the case, the author’s version uses the bare bones of the scant historic record and weaves a story. Jim Loftus is a new writer seeking a readership. His book is thoroughly researched and is a tale of high drama.