THISTLELONIANS - WHY THE THISTLE?
All former students and staff of McKinnon High School / McKinnon Secondary College since its foundation in 1954, are Thistlelonians.
The Thistle is the national emblem of Scotland and is a symbol of resilience. In Celtic regions, it represents devotion, determination, bravery and strength.
The suburb of McKinnon was named in 1897 by the shortening of the name of the “McKinnon's Road railway station” (1884).
The road was reputedly named after a Scottish settler named McKinnon, and with that Scottish name connection, the Thistle became accepted as the McKinnon High School emblem.
Established in 1994, the Thistlelonians Association strives to provide an ongoing meaningful connection between the College and past and present staff and students.
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