Dr Duncan Buchanan (abt 1878 - 1951)
Father: James McFarland Buchanan, born 1851, Arrochar, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, died 21 Apr 1937, Mentone, Victoria.
Mother: Helen Mary McLean Pender, born 1847, Glasgow, Scotland, died 26 Sep 1930, Mentone, Victoria.
Born: abt 1878, Dunoon, Scotland
Married: Maria McIntyre Macpherson, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, 28 Oct 1911.
Maria McIntyre Macpherson, born abt 1879, Stawell, Victoria, died 12 Sep 1951, Stawell, Victoria.
Died: 22 May 1951 (age abt. 73), Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Note, Coolamon is about 41 kilometres north west of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
Doctor and Wife Honoured
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 22 June 1932, page 14, http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/28032291
COOLAMON, Tuesday 21 June 1932.
The greatest gathering in the history of Coolamon assembled at Furner's Hall on Monday night, when a complimentary concert and presentations were tendered to Dr. and Mrs. Buchanan. Dr. Buchanan was presented with an illuminated address and Mrs. Buchanan with a sedan motor car. The presentations were in recognition of the guests' services to the sick and needy of the district and their efforts in furthering all movements to benefit the town and district. Many residents travelled from 50 to 100 miles to attend.
Scot doctor was Burns scholar
Source: The Argus, Wed 23 May 1951, page 5, http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/23070879
Dr. Duncan Buchanan, who conducted a medical practice at Coolamon, N.S.W., for 40 years, died yesterday.
A graduate of Melbourne University, Dr. Buchanan came to Australia from Scotland with his parents as a child, and lived at Seymour.
As a tribute to his knowledge of Robert Burns' poetry, he was chosen to deliver the eulogy at the opening of the Robert Burns' Memorial at Canberra in 1934.
Dr. Buchanan leaves a widow (formerly Sister Macpherson., and one-time acting matron of the Women's Hospital, Melbourne) and one son, Dr. J. Pender Buchanan, of Melbourne.
Source: The Canberra Times, Thur 21 Jan 1937, Page 6, http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2421591
Canberra Scots and their friends are preparing to celebrate the 178th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns on Saturday, when a gathering will be held at the Burns Memorial at 2.45 p.m., and an address will be delivered by Mr. A. E. Bruce, a past President of the Society.
On Monday, January 25, the annual Burns Anniversary Dinner will be held in the Albert Hall. The toast of the evening, the "Immortal Memory" will be delivered by Dr. Duncan Buchanan.
A feature of the programme, which will conclude with a dance after the dinner, will be the installation of a wireless set which will enable those present to hear Sir Harry Lauder's broadcast.
The secretary of the Canberra Highland Society and Burns Club (Mr. A. Stuart), said yesterday that the club was anxious that those intending to be present at the dinner should secure tickets not later than Saturday next, so that adequate catering arrangements could be made.
ANNIVERSARY BURNS CLUB DINNER
Dr. Buchanan's Address
'BROTHERHOOD OF MAN'
Source: The Canberra Times, Tues 26 Jan 1937, page 2, http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2422145
"If we are going to have peace in the world we must take the spirit of Robert Burns with us, and make the brotherhood of man our religion," said Dr. Duncan Buchanan, of Coolamon, when proposing "The immortal toast" at the Burns Anniversary Dinner at the Albert Hall last night.
More than 100 members of the Canberra Highland Society and Burns Club, and visiting guests attended to pay homage to the bard.
What was to be a feature of the dinner - the broadcast by Sir Harry Lauder - was received through a great deal of static. After a little more than a quarter of an hour the static became so bad that the broadcast was abandoned in favour of the musical programme provided by local artists.
The function was officially opened, by the bringing in of the haggis, ''wi' a' the honours." It was piped in by Pipe Major Ross, who made a special trip from Sydney to assist at the ceremony at the Burns statue on Saturday and the dinner last night. Haggis formed the first course. The decorative scheme for the tables was carried out tastefully and appropriately with Rowan berries.
Dr. Buchanan was to have given the address at the anniversary dinner last year, but it was abandoned because of the death of King George V. Immediately the club decided at that time to cancel the function, Dr. Henry, the president of the Canberra Highland Society and Burns Club, "signed up" Dr. Buchanan for this year. He was accompanied on the trip by his wife and son.
Dr. Buchanan said that it was not unfitting that he, as a medical man, should be entrusted with the chief toast, for it was his firm belief that Burns, had he not been a poet, would have been a successful man in any career he chose - other than that of farmer. He would have made an admirable doctor, for he had the true sympathetic spirit and desire to help those in distress which was the main attribute of the profession.
After introducing himself as the patron of the most unique Burns Club in existence - he is the sole member - Dr. Buchanan said that until he came to Canberra two years ago to see the Prime Minister unveil the Burns Memorial he had been a detractor of Canberra - the national capital should have been at Albury. But he returned from that visit to tell his son at Coolamon that Canberra would become the centre of culture and learning in the Commonwealth.
Dr. Buchanan first grew to love Burns through his mother, who, he thought, knew all of the 250 lyrics Burns wrote. ''Burns was a great man,'' she told him, "and if you stick to him you can't go wrong. He had his failings, but they were as nothing compared to his fine qualities."
The poetry of Burns, said Dr. Buchanan, was a solace to him that nothing could take away. He could not speak in sorrow of a man who had achieved greatness through personal grief. It was no wonder that the spirit of Burns revolted against his early life of drudgery and monotony - trying to ape the ways of the gentry on a pittance of £7 a year. He was the genius of his age at 24, proud, vainful and ambitious.
I have tried to analyse Burns," said Dr. Buchanan, "but, like all others, I have failed. His was a most inexplicable, and complex nature, owing to his mixture of Celtic and Saxon blood. Some people say he was great only because of his failings. How dare they say that about Robert. He had
an intensely emotional nature and responded to the deep music of humanity. He caught it all and had the power of making nature answer to his emotions.
"He saw good in everything except hypocrisy, can't (sic) and humbug; he brought pride to the poor and made the honest man the noblest work of God. He had his weaknesses, but these served only to show in clearer relief his wonderful strength. His poesy (sic. poetry) was magnificent."
Dr. Buchanan threw out a suggestion to the Minister of the Interior to admit into Australia all people who believed in Burns and could repeat the "Halloween" and understand it in the vernacular.
As a lyrist, he said, Burns was pre-eminent. He sang of true, unfailing love, and his Empire extended from prison cell to banquet hall, from stokehold to stateroom, along every meridian of longitude and every parallel of latitude.
When the toast had been drunk, Dr. Henry departed from the toast list to propose the health of Dr. Buchanan, ''who", he said, "has brought the poet to us to-night."
Responding Dr. Buchanan proposed the toast to the Canberra Highland Society and Burns Club, coupled with the name of the president.
Dr. Henry, responding to this toast, said that the Canberra club was faced with a big responsibility. Functioning in the national capital, it was required to set a standard for other clubs of its kind. In view of that he was proud to announce the progress of the Society. It had revived the Highland Gathering last year, and would make this gathering even bigger next October. Through the generosity of the Campbell family at Duntroon, whose tartan had been adopted as the official tartan for Canberra, trophies would be given at the next gathering which would attract the biggest pipe bands in Australia to Canberra in open competition.
"Then," he said, "we will introduce Canberra, to music."
Dr. Henry said he looked forward to the day when the Society would have it own Burns Memorial Hall. He could not shut his eyes to the fact that this was an absolute necessity if the customs, folk lore and music of Scotland were to be preserved for them.
"I also hope to see the day when we will have a Scottish library in Canberra,'' he said, "we could have it for £1000, which is not a great deal for all the societies in Australia to subscribe. It is essential that we should have here, and make available to all societies in the Commonwealth, the universities and research students, the history and literature of Scotland, which has so much to offer Australia, the land of our adoption.
Other toasts proposed during the evening were "The Ladies" (Mr. E. Dockar), and the Press (Mr. S. Martin).
Musical items were rendered by Mr. W. J. Hall (song, "The Star of Robbie Burns''); Miss B. Mackinnon (songs, "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton'' and "Annie Laurie"); Mr. R. Bruce (song, "Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond") and Mr. E. Dockar (recitation, "The Haggis of Private McPhee"). Miss B. Mackinnon acted as accompaniste. A selection of tunes by Pipe Major Ross was a highlight of the evening.