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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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The Southern Yarn August/September, 2021

Yarn Aug/Sept 2021

The August/September issue of The Southern Yarn is available for download. 

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

Well, the severe drought foreshadowed by last winter’s minimal delivery of snow is now manifesting itself big time in the form of wildfires. The inconvenience of smoke in our air is nothing compared to the sad ordeal of having to leave one’s home and belongings to the mercy of the wind and flame. When it last struck Australia in 2019-2020, Canadian firefighters were quick to respond. Now, Aussie counterparts are deployed to help contain the blazes in Northwest Ontario. 

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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.