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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 for June/July 2021

The full summer Yarn is in the mail, and posted to our website. Read it in PDF format now, by clicking on the image of the first page here.

Our Yarns page features all the back issues, in case you missed some, or want to catch up.

There is a Zoom event this Saturday, so send an email if you want to get an invite.

Here’s Charlie’s editorial, to get you started.

When I Googled “Australian Bush Yarns”, there was no end of book titles, including the one I have been using (p.4). I always strive for balance in the articles in this publication, so I Googled “NZ Bush Yarns”, and do you know what I came up with? Endless links to knitting skein suppliers! “NZ tall tales” got me closer to what I was searching for, however I have decided to leave it to our Kiwi readers to submit their favourite examples of local humour.

Since many are still being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought it timely to consider a hero in the fight against another unpleasant virus. Polio epidemics peaked most recently around 1950. But since the ’30s Sister Kenny was working to ease the suffering of victims. Read her story in “Getting to know…”, p.6. Have you heard the expressions ‘happy as a lark’, ‘be up with the lark(s)’, and ‘blow that for a lark’? Well, Birds I view this month is the meadowlark – always refreshing to hear their happy song, p.8.

Thank you again to our faithful advertisers, literary contributors (Peter, Jenny, Judy) and you literate readers!

Enjoy! And Happy Canada Day!

Southern Yarn – April/May 2021

The April=May issue of The Southern Yarn is available now read it online now, or await your version on glorious yellow bond paper through the post, if you prefer. 

Here is the Editorial, by Charlie Powell, just to get you started:

It seems like the “dry” has started here in Manitoba – so little snow during winter that there is no spring runoff! The rural community is worried, therefore we all should be. “The Dry” also makes the list of top 25 Aussie films at the box office. Of course, we all know which one is still way out ahead of the rest … see NewsfromOz, p.5. You’ll also learn who owns some of the iconic brands downunder. Speaking of which – I recently gratefully accepted an unfinished jar of Vegemite with a Best Before in 2016! Still good, and still Yum!! As we commemorate ANZAC Day again this year, whether at the usual outdoor service or virtually, pay attention to the Padre. Just as chaplains play an important role in our annual services of remembrance, they played an even more vital role in the trenches. One such example is featured in this month’s Getting to know, p.6. And, speaking of the clergy, the Bird I view this issue is the Cardinal, p.8. All this and so much more – thank you to our advertisers and contributors – Judy, Jenny, Peter, Margaret, Ed, Malcolm, Terry.

You can check out all the past issues of our Yarns page.

Yarn February-March 2021

The Southern Yarn – February March 2021

The February-March issue of The Southern Yarn is available for download now. Also check out the back issues at our dedicated Yarns page.

To get your started, here is the Editorial:

A common theme to much of our content for this issue is “nostalgia” – not by design, it just turned out that way. You will especially find some of that if you follow the links provided in the OZ and NZ News to the respective Film and Sound Archives – thank you to Ed in Adelaide for those. Maybe during the pandemic lockdown(s), you watched a Bond movie, or two. A run of them was offered by a TV channel here in the ‘Peg. “Getting to Know ..” on p. 7, explains the inspiration for the 007 super spy. Do you remember Chips Rafferty? Did you know he was born in Broken Hill? When we lived in Laidley, Queensland, a special treat was to cool off with a Weis Bar – a uniquely molded ice cream made with real fruit. Sadly, they’re no longer being made up the range in Toowoomba (p. 5). And I’m showing my age, but I used to enjoy listening to “Dad and Dave” on the ABC. Dave and his girlfriend, Mabel, are featured in this month’s Bush Yarn (p. 6). There is much more to reminisce over if you keep reading.

Thank to Ed, Jenny, Judy, Peter, Brian, Lucia’s sister in NZ, and our sponsors.