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Midwinter Dinners, Lunches and ReunionsMidwinter's Day, also known as Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It is an important date in the Antarctic Community and has been marked since the early Antarctic explorers with a formal celebration dinner and reunion. Midwinter dinners or, in some situations lunches, are held throughout Australia each year, and at times overseas, in the weeks each side of Midwinter's day, 21 June.
The functions are staggered to allow Club members to attend several dinners each year, if desired.
Traditionally the following has been followed for forward planning of Midwinter dates.
Melbourne - closest Friday to Midwinter Day
Hobart/Adelaide- Saturday (next day)
Country NSW - midweek after Melbourne (wed)
Canberra - Friday one week after Melbourne
Sydney - Saturday one week and one day after Melbourne
Brisbane/North Queensland/WA - suitable dates around this period
Previous Years Midwinter Reports and Picture galleries can be viewed on the Midwinter sections of the State Branch and Regions web pages