The first issue of The Southern Yarn is available now, online and in colour, and will be making its way through the post to those still having our postal version in glorious B&W on yellow paper.
Here’s Charlie’s editorial to get you started:
With this first edition for 2023 it is probably worth another reminder of the origins of the DUCW – namely, a bunch of Kiwi and Aussie servicemen wanting to socialize together after making it through WWII and choosing to make Winnipeg their home. This newsletter evolved later, and while sadly those founding vets have all passed on, we try to maintain a nod to their contribution by consistently including an article or something with a military theme – serious or otherwise. So, on p.6, in “Getting to know” there is a piece of history that was news to me until I read of it in the Australian Geographic. The focus is on the secret diamonds, but the bigger picture is the bombing of Broome, WA (I had only heard of the attack on Darwin). It is good to note that the AG journalist rightly acknowledged the critical role of the (Indigenous) Nyal Nyal man who first made contact with the survivors and raised the alarm – as opposed to the Mission Brother, who gets the credit in other accounts.
There are other contributions by my usual collaborators — Jenny, Peter and Judy — and I am particularly grateful this month to Jude McCudden (observations of changes downunder, p.2) and Ed Powell (guest Birds I View observer/writer, p.8). Hopefully they will inspire more of you readers to send in news or links to stories of interest to others. Special thanks, as always, to our advertisers, and Brian Hydesmith who assembles this into its presentable format. Continue reading →
The 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival presented a surprising number of Australian and New Zealand musical acts at workshops and stages throughout the weekend. One stage collected all but two of them to a single dedicated audience.
A huge turnout, as usual
Aussie blues performer Ash Grunwald
Aussie guitar showman Daniel Champagne
Main stage at night
Aussie quirky quintet, Perch Creek.
Solo Kiwi performer Marlon Williams.
A whole stage was dedicated to these performers from Australia and New Zealand, including stage hosts Luluc and their gentle stylings.
It can be hard to find country-specific things for Children when you live far away from your homeland. It can be equally difficult to find people who appreciate them when your kids grow up and no longer need them.
If any members of the DUCW club with small children are interested in accepting items from members with now grown-up kids, please let us know. Some of us are hanging on to special books, clothing, games and videos with a particular connection to Down Under.
Come on out for a fantastic night of Aussie music. The Winnipeg Folk Festival is bringing Vance Joy to the Park Theatre on Monday, September 9. The up-and-coming Aussie singer-songwriter from Melbourne is fast becoming a crowd favourite, so spread the word to your family and friends. One of Vance’s songs has recently been certified Gold in Australia – amazing for someone of his young age.