History insight

The administrative head of Wattle Range Council will talk about a castle in Scotland when the South East Family History Group emerges from a near year-long recess on February 25.

Ben Gower resided in Scotland for a period of time and will focus on historic Duffus Castle at Elgin. The area is associated with the Sutherland clan which is a branch of his family.

Three Sutherland brothers emigrated to the Millicent district in colonial times and there are many local descendants. Mr Gower is about to mark his fifth anniversary as the council chief executive.

He was scheduled to address the history group early last year but COVID-19 protocols curtailed its activities. The group has recently resumed its twice-weekly research sessions and Mr Gower will be its first guest speaker at a monthly meeting at the Millicent research centre.

His talk will follow the customary business meeting which commences at 7.30pm. The 53-year-old was formerly a Squadron Leader in the RAAF and saw active service in the Balkans while on secondment to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

A significant portion of his 14 year career in the armed forces was as a navigator on Orion aircraft. Following his discharge, Mr Gower spent 14 years in senior management roles with Cobham Aviation Services.

Prior to arriving in Millicent, Mr Gower was Cobham’s senior operations vice-president where he was responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the organisation’s global operational functions supporting 140 aircraft across 14 different aircraft fleets.

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