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Welcome to the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. We’re a social club based far, far from our original homes and hold regular events for members and guests. We also produce a monthly newsletter about connections in our new community and all things happening down under. Go on, explore our site and consider joining our group. Hooroo, mates!

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Yarn February – March 2019

The Southern Yarn’s February – March 2019 issue is ready for your reading enjoyment again. Here’s the editorial to get you started:

Thanks to Jenny Gates for typing up the Getting to Know feature for this issue – about “Two-Up” (p.6). Now, I think there needs to be some explanation for readers who have never attended one of our events here in Winnipeg.

We play Two-Up at many of our gatherings – it is easy and fun for all ages, and results in a winner in just a few tosses. So, here’s the explanation: the way we “place our bets” is to stand up and place both hands on your head, or both hands on your butt, or one hand on your head and the other on your tail. Everyone who doesn’t match the result of the toss of the two pennies (yes, we use genuine pre-decimal Australian pennies) is out and they sit down. Those left standing place their bet again and there is another toss. It usually only takes three or four tosses to get a winner. So, we’re not really breaking any laws; and, in fact, we’re upholding a long-observed ANZAC Day tradition.

There is a charming 1937 book titled The Lore of the Lyrebird by Ambrose Pratt in which much of the credit for advancing the knowledge of lyrebirds is said to be due to an amazing friendship between a male lyrebird and a widowed lady named Mrs Edith Wilkinson, who, at that time, lived hermit fashion on one of the higher slopes of Mt Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Since then these birds continue to fascinate and impress and have become superstars through YouTube and David Attenborough documentaries. They are also the subject in this issue’s Birds I view (P.8).

Thank you this month to Jude McCudden, Jenny Gates, Chris Brasher, Malcolm Whyte, Judy Powell, Peter Munn, Terry Delong, Murray Burt, our advertisers and you, our readers!

Meat Pies at Miss Browns

Miss Browns on William Street in downtown Winnipeg will also be celebrating Australia Day by serving up delicious home-made meat pies.

They will be open on Saturday January 26 from 9 until 3 and in addition to offering their full brunch menu, you can sample their pies and enjoy the ambience of this excellent location.

When you go, be sure to say “G’day!” from the DUCW to Jenny and Steve.

Australia Day and Waitangi Day

Celebrate Australia Day and Waitangi Day on Saturday January 26 from 5 pm at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre (764 Erin) in Winnipeg.

This is a POTLUCK event, and you are asked to bring a main, veggie dish, salad, and/or a dessert, with enough for yourself and a bit extra.

There will also be a BAKE-OFF by some of our younger members. Enjoy what they have cooked up for us.

Bar will be open and the conversation will be lively and entertaining.

Yarn December 2018 – January 2019

The end of the year is upon us, and the final Yarn of 2018 is upon us. 

Here is the message from the Editor:

The month of November heralded several momentous events: the Melbourne Cup, the US mid-term elections and the DUCW’s Annual Meeting, to name a few. More seriously, of course, it was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Here in Canada, “Remembrance Day” is commemorated more like ANZAC Day is downunder – the 11th of November is a public holiday, there are dawn services as well as larger gatherings at 11:00 around cenotaphs in most towns, Veterans, active service personnel and cadet units parade while pipers and bands play and march, speeches are delivered and prayers are offered, the Fallen are remembered in the moment of silence between the Last Post and Reveille. A very informative site to visit regarding the Armistice is: https://armistice-museum.com/understanding-the-history/the-armistice-of-1940/ Thank you again to all who have contributed to this issue of the Yarn – we may even be running to 8 pages! For insight into other historical events regarding the Armistice, read on!

Welcome to our Annual General Meeting!

“Welcome!” is exactly what we will say when you join us on November 30 at 7:00 pm for our annual general meeting.

It will be held at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St, and we are hoping for a good turnout of members.

The AGM is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • hear all about our events in the past year,
  • find out what’s ahead next year,
  • offer suggestions for Club activities,
  • put your name forward for the new executive,
  • vote in the new executive,
  • catch up with fellow members,
  • participate in some lively conversation, and
  • enjoy snacks and drinks from the bar.

But the most important reason to attend the AGM is to meet those on the executive who have worked tirelessly to make this Club what it is.  They put in many hours to organise events, put together and design and mail out the newsletter, manage dues paid and balance the budget, keep track of members, and do whatever else is necessary to ensure the DUCW remains a vibrant and welcoming organisation for all of us.

So make a point to drop in. Even if you don’t want to be on the executive, this is your opportunity to support those who do and to be part of our future.