Norman Alexander Macdonald was born 19th September 1954 to mother Etheleen (Peg) and father Murdoch Alexander Macdonald, of Melbourne, Victoria.
Murdoch was proud of the fact that his parents were first cousins on the Macdonald side and that made him twice the Macdonald (his words). Murdoch was first cousin to Andrew Macdonald, the Commissioner for Victoria.
Norman is the fourth child, with Thomas, Lorraine (now deceased), Denise, before him in the pecking order, with Joanne and Bruce bringing up the rear.
Norman attended the local primary and secondary schools, becoming apprenticed as a watchmaker upon leaving school. After working for nearly ten years in this profession and after much discussion Norman decided to make a drastic career change in 1982 and became a police officer with Victoria Police.
Norman was married to his wife, Jan, on 13th February 1976. They have two children, Catherine, born 10th November 1977 and Callum, born 14th July 1983. Catherine married on 11th March 2006 and told her future husband, Anthony Jones that she was not changing her name after marriage, so Anthony decided to change his name. Catherine and Anthony have a son Alexander William Macdonald-Jones born 30th March 2007.
In December 2002, Jim McConnell retired as High Commissioner for Australia due to ill health. The Captain & Chief of Clanranald made a special detour in his trip to New Zealand to make the declaration of Jim’s retirement, and Norman’s appointment as the new High Commissioner of Clan Donald Australia.
Norman's forebears, Norman Hume Macdonald and his wife Johan McKenzie Macdonald (nee Munro), travelled to Geelong in Victoria in October 1854. Norman Hume and Johan had eight children, seven of whom lived well into their eighties. After leaving Geelong for the goldfields to seek their fortune, Norman and Johan lived in Clydesdale, Talbot, Maryborough, Daisy Hill, finally settling in Yarraville (a suburb of Melbourne).
Johan passed away at 48 years of age. Norman lived for quite a few years beyond that. They are both buried in Footscray cemetery.
The children of the original pair decided that they would commemorate their parents’ lives and the Scottish way of life by creating the Clan Macdonald Yarraville. The Clan in Yarraville is still alive and well, with quite a few members of the clan searching the annals of time for all the information they can gather on their progenitors.
Norman Alexander Macdonald is the son of a working class man and proud of it. He wears the Tartan with natural pride and grace. Norman's family is extremely proud of his achievements.
The Clan in Australia can be assured of his commitment to Clan Donald, and to the Scottish way of life.
Norman is an active member of The Victorian Scottish Union, Clan Donald of the Peninsula, Clan Macdonald of Victoria Inc, Robert Burns Club of Melbourne, Scots of Victoria and Council of Clans.