Highlander David gets crafty Down Under

David Mackenzie proudly displays his Highland wares in Australia before lockdown.

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All things Highland are going on Down Under as a former Lochaber man, who left Scotland some 60-plus years ago, remembers his roots through craft.

A selection of crafts produced by David over the years.

David Mackenzie now lives in Melbourne with his wife Trudi and makes a variety of items, including craft boxes with clan crests and Celtic designs, which he, pre-coronavirus lockdown, sold at the many Highland Gatherings in Australia. The signs in the photo easily identify to those who come from the Fort and lead to many a chin wag about those days.

Born in Inverlochy, David lived in Seaview Terrace until 1955. He attended Fort William Senior Secondary School on Achintore Rd.

His father worked as an upholsterer for Frazer’s furniture shop on the High Street before the family migrated to Frankston Australia. They have continued to live in the same area ever since. Many Fort William families settled in the area and kept a strong social connection going.

The couple have been back to Fort William on quite a few occasions and David has enjoyed reminiscing his walks with his father along the peat track, over the deer fence and home via Glen Nevis.

The Mackenzies are currently in phase four of the Australian lockdown but hope to continue selling their wares at the Gatherings in 2021.

The couple are also on the Clan Mackenzie committee in Australia and send their best wishes to all in Scotland especially those in the Highlands.