Welcome!

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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Southern Yarn October – December 2022

The Southern Yarn is available for you to download.

You can click on the image to the right or you can check out the Yarns page here: The Southern Yarn.

Here’s Charlie’s editorial to get you started:

It’s a beautiful Manitoba autumn – leaves changing to all shades of green, yellow and red; geese honking overhead; harvests in and gardens put to bed; returning songbirds singing to be fed. It has been fun enjoying in-person club events once again – the pool party, golf tournament, brunch – and more to come, as per the calendar.

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The Southern Yarn August – September 2022

The latest version of The Southern Yarn is ready for you now, Check it out. And here is the editorial to get you started.

As I put this issue together, Folklorama is about to begin its 2-week run here in Winnipeg. Being the first time back, after COVID*, there are only 12 pavilions each week – about half of the usual number. Perhaps a post-COVID strategy on the part of the Folk Arts Council, or just a reality of the times – like our DUCW, members are few and sadly volunteers can no longer muster the oomph to plan and execute such a major undertaking. At least we have fond memories of our glory days. So we try to keep something of our history and culture alive as best we can – not least by this our Yarn. Read on and you will learn of a saint and a sinner, sand and scrabble, as well as more about Vegemite and cricket. Continue reading

Welcome to Winnipeg, Tom

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed Global punter Aussie Tom Hackett for the 2022/23 season and beyond. General manager Kyle Walters selected the 29-year-old in the first round, sixth overall during the 2022 Global Draft.

Heralding from Melbourne, Tom was twice honoured with the Ray Guy Award (2014, 2015) as the top punter in the NCAA during his days at Utah.

Looking forward to seeing you on the field, Tom.