Glen Innes and the surrounding district of Severn is known as Celtic Country in honour of the early European settlers to the area who were mostly of Scottish descent. Glen Innes was founded in 1852 and was named after Major Archibald Clune Innes, a Scot who arrived in Australia in 1822 as the commandant of the penal settlement at Port Macquarie then later developed large pastoral interests in the northern region of the state (including Glen Innes Station). The discovery of tin in the region soon after Glen Innes was founded significantly boosted the town's fortunes and led to an influx of Cornish tin miners. This long association with Scottish farmers and Cornish miners established the town's strong Celtic connections. Many place names in the district reflect the origins of these early settlers.
Our Celtic heritage is cherished by many residents of Glen Innes citizens today. In celebration of this, the Australian Standing Stones were built as a monument to recognise the contribution made by people of Celtic origin in Australia, over the last 200 years. The site serves as a cultural gathering place for people from the Celtic Communities; the Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, Manx and Bretons. The Standing Stones are a solar-aligned megalithic stone circle and are the venue for the annual Australian Celtic Festival held on the first weekend in May.
See here for more information about these subjects:
Glen Innes – the heart of Celtic Country
The Australian Standing Stones – information on the layout and design
The Celtic Festival – held in early May of each year
A great place to stay in Glen Innes – Avoca View Apartments
Aussie Sapphire attended the 2005 Celtic Festival as a stall holder and had a great time – see our previous post on this. We had wonderful feedback from the many visitors about our gems and jewellery – many requesting designs in gold. We have taken this on board and in the past months, have created a wonderful range of jewellery in both gold and silver with a number of celtic-inspired designs available – see here for our "Celtic Collection". See below for a couple of examples:
Here are some sapphire 9k gold stud earrings and black spinel triskele pendant in sterling silver.
Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire