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Midwinter

Midwinter Dinners, Lunches and Reunions

Midwinter'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

Future Midwinter Dates and Contacts


  2020


  2022

Reunions

We have not currently been notified of any particular reunions that are to be held in conjunction with 2020 Midwinter Dinners: 


If you would like to advertise your reunion here please Email: Secretary

2020


  19 June Friday  Victoria Melbourne
 
TBA June Saturday South Australia Adelaide
TBA  June Saturday Tasmania - Hobart
21/22 June ANARE Stations Mawson, Casey, Davis and Macquarie Island.
TBA June Wednesday Country -  Binalong NSW
TBA June Friday   Queensland- Brisbane
TBA June Saturday?   Queensland - Townsville OR  contact Andrew Hucker, Ph: (07) 4779 8674  Email: Andrew
TBA June Friday Australian Capital Territory Canberra 
27 June Saturday New South Wales Sydney
TBA June Northern Territory - Alice Springs and Darwin
TBA June Western Australia - PerthEmail  Lee Sice




2021


 18 June Friday  Victoria Melbourne
 
TBA June Saturday South Australia Adelaide
TBA  June Saturday Tasmania - Hobart
21/22 June ANARE Stations Mawson, Casey, Davis and Macquarie Island.
TBA June Wednesday Country -  Binalong NSW
TBA June Friday   Queensland- Brisbane
TBA June Saturday?   Queensland - Townsville OR  contact Andrew Hucker, Ph: (07) 4779 8674  Email: Andrew
TBA June Friday Australian Capital Territory Canberra 
26 June Saturday New South Wales Sydney
TBA June Northern Territory - Alice Springs and Darwin
TBA June Western Australia - PerthEmail  Lee Sice

2022


 17 June Friday  Victoria Melbourne
 
TBA June Saturday South Australia Adelaide
TBA  June Saturday Tasmania - Hobart
20/21 June ANARE Stations Mawson, Casey, Davis and Macquarie Island.
TBA June Wednesday Country -  Binalong NSW
TBA June Friday  Queensland- Brisbane
TBA June Saturday?  Queensland - Townsville OR  contact Andrew Hucker, Ph: (07) 4779 8674  Email: Andrew
TBA June Friday Australian Capital Territory Canberra 
25 June Saturday New South Wales Sydney
TBA June Northern Territory - Alice Springs and Darwin
TBA June Western Australia - PerthEmail  Lee Sice

Midwinter Surveys

Midwinter dinner surveys.

On 19 October 2013 the Anareclub Facebook site requested feedback and comments regarding attendance at Melbourne Midwinter dinner. Comments received indicated that an open Midwinter dinner was preferred, (with a surcharge for non-members).

In 2013-14 an email newsletter to financial members who have email addresses registered in their membership profiles requesting feedback regarding Midwinter dinners. Email responses received indicated a preference for members and non-members attending midwinter dinners.

In Nov 2014 a MWD Voting Referendum was distributed to financial members in Aurora journal with a closing date of 16 Nov 2014. Returned voting slips indicated Option 2 was the preferred option (i.e opening Melbourne Midwinter dinner to a wider audience).

In Jan 2016 – A detailed survey was distributed to Financial members in Aurora with a closing date of 21 Mar 2016 requesting responses for a number of questions regarding midwinter dinners.
Full Responses are collated here in XLS spreadsheet. A SummaryAnalysis and listing of Comments sorted according to state are also available.