Category Archives: Getting to Know

Yarn October 2015

Yarn-Oct-2015The October, 2015 issue of The Southern Yarn is ready for you to view and download. Print it out if you like, even in colour on your own printer!

We’ve got details on the annual Formal Dinner and lot more to read.

And if you have not renewed your DUCW membership, this is a great month to get that task done. Pay online or, even better, at the Formal Dinner.

Matthew Flinders (1774-1814)

We’ve had many ‘Getting to Know’ interviews with our club members, so we are also featuring some brief biographies of notable Australians and New Zealanders from history. – Ed.

Raised in Lincolnshire, where men usually turned to agriculture for a livelihood, Matthew Flinders showed originality by choosing the sea. Flinders was born on 16 March 1774 at Donington, Lincolnshire. From a family of doctors, Flinders was expected to take up the same profession, but inspired by reports of Cook’s discoveries, and the reading of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, he decided to go to sea. Continue reading

Getting to Know: Gordon Keatch

Gordon-and-sons_6098Gordon Keatch

One of our favourite people, Gordon Keatch, has retired as our intrepid “getting to know” columnist. In his letter of retirement, Gord wrote that his monthly column in The Southern Yarn about getting to know members was “a most rewarding and interesting experience”.

We are looking for someone to take over the column, but first we thought we’d let you all “get to know” Gord a little better. Continue reading

Thank you, Mr Keatch

gordon keatch 2014 headshotOne of our favourite people, Gordon Keatch, has decided to put down his pen as our intrepid “getting to know” columnist. And since he did so in a most official and gentlemanly way, we decided to share his letter of “resignation” for everyone to see (click below). Thanks, Gordon, for telling the stories of 150 or more members over the years and helping us really get to know each other. Cheers, mate!

Gordon’s letter 2014

PS If anyone is interested in taking up the pen and keeping the column going, we’d love to hear from you.