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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 –

NEW ZEALAND – The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington –

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 –

“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.


Southern Yarn Dec 2021 – Jan 2022

It’s time for the last, AND the first Yarn of the years we are bridging with this issue. Stand by for the Dec-Jan issue of The Southern Yarn in your mailbox in glorious yellow paper and B&W print, or in modern full colour (with live hyperlinks!) via the PDF documents featured as always here on our website

And good luck with getting used to saying and writing the new year 2022. That’s a lot of twos, but it has a nice ring two it, right? 

Yarn Dec 2021 - Jan 2022

The Southern Yarn, Dec 2021 to Jan 2022

And here’s Charlie’s editorial to get you started.

As Peter reports, our recent AGM was fun and multi-national. Not only that, some great ideas emerged and you will see their influence on the content in future issues of The Southern Yarn. As always, we welcome the contributions from members and friends. So, “Thank You” to Jude McCudden for her thoughtful poetic offering (p. 6) and Peter Debenham’s friend, Brian McCann, for his ‘Great Ocean Drive” story (p. 5). Also, Jenny has put together some member related snippets in “Re Member” (p. 3). Again, I thank our regulars and our advertisers!

Meanwhile, as the nursery rhyme advises: “Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat. Please put a penny in the poor man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!” And as this food safety professional advises: Keep it simple, keep it cold or keep it hot, but keep it safe!

Be generous and … Enjoy!
– Charlie