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G’day and Kia ora to all Kiwis and Aussies
in Manitoba and beyond!

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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Aussies and a Kiwi at the Fringe

Are you heading to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival between July 19 and 30?

The festival is staged at various locations downtown, and if you’ve never been, this could be the year, with a bunch of Aussies and a Kiwi in the mix:

  • Olive Copperbottom: A New Musical by Charles Dickens and Penny Ashton – Penash Productions, New Zealand
  • The Ballad of Frank Allen – Weeping Spoon Productions, Australia
  • Lovely Lady Lump – Lana Schwarcz, Australia
  • Jon Bennett: How I Learned to Hug – Jon Bennett, Australia
  • 6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation – Tim Motley, Australia
  • Patrick Hercamp & Jon Bennett in New Show, BUTT different – Patrick Hercamp and Jon Bennett, Lost Angeles and Australia

Visit www.winnipegfringe.com/ for show times and tickets.

Oh, and if you don’t think it matters to them that you will be in the audience, here’s an email from performer Penny Ashton – “Well hello, here I am googling myself like an egomaniac and your Southern Yarn pops up! How have I never seen you guys before, lol. This will be my 7th Winnipeg Fringe, and the lone Kiwi flying the flag this year I think indeed. Just thought I’d say thanks a lot for the mention, I hope to get some Kiwis along to the show. Ka Kite, Penny.”

Of course she also means Aussies  … 🙂 … so be sure to say kia ora and g’day when you go!

The AFL in Winnipeg

Plans are underway to launch the Winnipeg Bears Australian Football Club. And DUCW member Allan Sharman and friends are looking for 10 to 12 people to get the ball rolling.

Men and women of all ages and abilities are invited to attend the first ever Aussie rules football practice in Winnipeg – Tuesday July 18 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at River East Collegiate (295 Sutton Ave).

Organisers are in regular contact with AFL Canada, and have also contacted the Irish Association to see if there are any Gaelic footballers about.

“LIKE” their new Facebook page for all the information about the inaugural practice, as well as upcoming events.

If you would like to be involved or are simply curious about the AFL, contact Allan at allansharman@gmail.com.

Yarn May 2017

The May 2017 issue of The Southern Yarn is available for your download! Help yourself.

Click on the image, or follow this link.

This issue contains details on this year’s Anzac Day ceremony, among other things.

Note that the online version each month benefits from the following enhancements:

  • full colour
  • no paper was used
  • no printing or mailing costs for the club
  • extra page(s) of content
  • live hyperlinks at the end of many items that take you to more