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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Yarn June-July 2022

Yarn June July 2022The June July issue of The Southern Yarn is available, online in glorious colour, complete with links to more reading. The cheerful yellow paper version will be making its way to postal recipients in the coming days.

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

Family issues dictated a hurried decision to visit Adelaide, Australia, for the first three weeks of May. With time to wander the streets in the Fullarton/Unley area, there was not only opportunity to think of content for this edition, but also inspiration for much of it.

Being a bird nerd, the ever-vocal locals never disappoint: I settled on a couple of honeyeaters that were ever present for Birds I View, p8; about one in five fences in that particular neighbourhood are made of brushwood, so there’s some info on that tradition in Did you know, p2; the granddaughter of cricket legend Donald Bradman, Greta Bradman, was in the news for headlining a music festival in outback Queensland – see Oz News, p4; a nearby community centre was hosting an exhibition of quilt art and two of the 29 pieces caught my eye as suitable for our NZ news, p5; and browsing books in op shops prompted some mentions also included here, p5.

Please note the new July 17 date for the return of the club’s annual pool party. You can use the linked graphic below to add this and all its details to your Google Calendar, if you use that tool.

Please don’t be shy about contributing any suitable material that others might find interesting. Thank you again to Jenny, Judy, Brian and Peter for valuable assistance. And thank you to our supportive advertisers.

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.

Lest We Forget


In lieu of our annual ANZAC Day event here in Winnipeg, here are a few links to online services that might be of interest to you.

Be sure to search around online for other opportunities to remember those killed in war and to honour returned service personnel.


AUSTRALIA – The National War Memorial in Canberra –  https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day/dawn-service

NEW ZEALAND – The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington –  https://mch.govt.nz/anzac-day

THAILAND – thanks to Pam Sabourin for sending information about the Anzac Day Ceremony in Thailand. As Pam wrote, “I thought you might be interested in reading this – their first ceremony in 3 years. I have been there and toured Hell Fire Pass, museum and walked around the cemetery.” For all the information about watching the event – https://thailand.embassy.gov.au/files/bkok/updated%20Dawn%20Service%20Info%20Sheet%202022.pdf

“They shall no grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

— Laurence Binyon

Yarn for April May 2022

Here is the Yarn for April and May, 2022. 

There is a lot here to read on the 8 pages, including the cover story about a new land acknowledgement project that has created something we’d like you to comment on.

Remember that, unlike the print edition, the PDF version of our newsletter allows you to connect to hyperlinks embedded in many of the text items.


Yarn February/March 2022

Welcome to the Southern Yarn for February/March.

Here is the Editorial to get you started:

As explained on our website: “The Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW) has been proudly and enthusiastically operating in Manitoba for almost 70 years. It came into existence in the 1940s when Australian and New Zealand servicemen, who had been training in this area through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, informally gathered as a meeting of mates.”

It is now 70-plus years and, sadly, none of those founding vets are still with us. As time marches on we naturally contemplate how to continue our evolution and remain of relevance in our community. Meanwhile, it’s fitting to be reminded of that extraordinary logistical effort and show of solidarity and cooperation across the Empire that was a necessary response to foreign aggression – see “Getting to know…” p.6.

Driving along rural Manitoba roads in the dead of winter, I don’t expect to view many different birds. Sometimes lucky enough to see an owl atop a hydro (electricity) pole, or a flock of snow buntings. Occasionally a covey of small chicken-like birds is disturbed in its roadside dining and takes off fast and low. After a recent such sighting and still needing a subject for Birds I View, I researched whether they were quail or partridge and determined they must be the latter, but since partridge had their turn a couple of years ago, quail got the nod this time – p.8. All this and so much more bits of news that might have escaped your notice over the past two months. As always, big thanks to Jenny, Brian, Judy, Peter and other readers who contribute and offer feedback; not to mention our sponsors!