Category Archives: Remember

November 2015 Yarn

Please pardon the late production of the November issue of The Southern Yarn. (Brian H takes full responsibility for its lateness!) For those awaiting it in the post, rest assured that it is probably en route via the postal system as you read this. For those modern and/or impatient folks amongst us, you can read the November Yarn right here by downloading the PDF via the magic of the Internet.NovYarnSnap

Remembrance poppies in Australia

Poppies on the Roll of Honour. Photograph taken by Kerry Alchin. PAIU2014/128.14

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The Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day, the ritual that marks the Armistice of 11 November 1918, and is also increasingly being used as part of Anzac Day observances. During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. Continue reading

Thank you, Mr Keatch

gordon keatch 2014 headshotOne of our favourite people, Gordon Keatch, has decided to put down his pen as our intrepid “getting to know” columnist. And since he did so in a most official and gentlemanly way, we decided to share his letter of “resignation” for everyone to see (click below). Thanks, Gordon, for telling the stories of 150 or more members over the years and helping us really get to know each other. Cheers, mate!

Gordon’s letter 2014

PS If anyone is interested in taking up the pen and keeping the column going, we’d love to hear from you.

Al Hansen

Al Hansen Alen HansenLong time DUCW member Al Hansen will be forever remembered.

ALEN TREVOR HANSEN April 14, 1924 – May 23, 2014 “I Have Passed From This Life To Another”


Al Hansen delivering a speech at our ANZAC Day ceremony in 2013 at the DUCW club. Jenny Gates photo.

Dad passed away peacefully with family by his side, at the St. Boniface Hospital, on May 23, 2014 at 1835 hours. We grieve deeply for the loss of this honourable man. He is survived by Millicent, his wife of 59 years. Predeceased by his eldest son, Robert Alen, in 1976. He is survived by his son Brett (Diane), daughters Jo Ann (Ralph) and Shannon (John). Continue reading