From the Committee

On 9 April, a meeting was held at Nordic House to discuss the result of the 2015 survey which asked members questions regarding the future of Nordic House. Twenty members attended and the meeting was positive and discussions realistic. It is clear from falling membership that we do have to try to increase and maintain members.

A small group of members have volunteered their time to form a subcommittee, which will work on how to best promote the club. Their result will be presented at the next AGM on 13 August at Nordic House. We will put into place their recommendations over the next year and then assess the situation, and see how the member numbers are doing.

On 4 May, 15 members and their invited friends enjoyed an interesting presentation on Fremantle Ports by Jeanette Murray, the Fremantle Ports External Affairs Coordinator.
Jeanette’s presentation included the history of the port ranging from its initial construction through to its modern operation and other varied functions and activities.  Slides were shown about the development of the main port and some of the Scandinavian ships that have used the port. A visit to the observation deck at the Fremantle Ports Administration Building followed the presentation.

Our autumn social barbecue, held on 14 May, attracted around 31 people who enjoyed the plentiful spread organised by Susanne and helpers. Many thanks go to all the shoppers and helpers. At the barbecue, we welcomed back our former president, Merete and her children, Kristina and Christopher, who have recently returned to Perth after 6 years away living in Denmark.

In spite of inclement weather, a few members bravely attended the busy bee on 22 May. Some members brought their children who tried to help or just enjoyed the swings. Many thanks to them all.  Thankfully the showers held off for most of the time and we were able to complete much of the planned maintenance. This included redirecting reticulation pipes and further paving with slabs, donated by Nola Cray. Drainage from the southeast downpipe was diverted away from the building and repairs were carried out to door knob mechanisms. Other maintenance included corrosion protection of a lintel near the new underfloor gate.

In the garden, leaves were cleared, some pruning done and the inside of the House cleaned. Delicious home-baked Danish cake was provided for morning coffee and the customary pølser and meat balls were enjoyed for a tasty lunch.

We have a busy month coming up and hope to see you at the next couple of events. On 18 June, we will celebrate an early Skt Hans with a small bonfire and witch in the garden at Nordic House. Please come along and support your Association. There will be hot dogs and gløgg for sale, as well as tea and coffee and soft drinks available. We shall hold a raffle and would be grateful for any donations for this.

On 16 July, a quiz night has been organized by Niels and Lyn Dahl, so come along and test your wits. You can either book a table for 6 at $5 per person or join a table when you come. Please arrive at 6.30 pm as the quiz will commence at 7 pm. You can BYO supper if you wish, but there will be coffee and cake available for the usual charge.

Our annual AGM will be held at Nordic House on 13 August commencing at 3 pm. You will receive the agenda, last year’s AGM minutes and nomination forms prior to the date, either by email or post. Please make an effort to attend as the future direction of the
Association is in your hands.

And remember, the Association cannot survive without your membership. Please renew your membership which is due on 1 July promptly.

We look forward to you joining us at these events in the coming months.

With best regards
The Committee

Danish biometric passport unit visiting Perth on 15 June 2016

danish-flagThe Danish Biometric Passport Mobile Unit will again be visiting WA to enable Danish citizens in WA to renew their Danish passports in accordance with the new biometric guidelines.

Passport applications will be accepted at the Harbour Room, Tradewinds Hotel, 59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle on 15 June 2016. Danish citizens who wish to take advantage of this service should contact the Royal Danish Consulate by email at to make an appointment.

The service expects to visit Western Australia again in about 6 months time.

Nordic House Roster

April 9
16 Birgit Charles
23 Rita Wilson
30 Nina Herrero
May 7
21 Gunnar Horn
June 4

There are so many vacancies for the Saturday afternoon roster at Nordic House. We look forward to seeing someone, anyone, to help out on Saturday afternoons.

If you can help out as host, please put your name on the list in the kitchen or ring one of your committee members.

2015 Survey on the future viability of Nordic House

The results of the 2015 survey to investigate the future viability of Nordic House, requested at the 2014 AGM, will be sent to members of the Association in the coming month. It was not possible to present these results at the 2015 AGM as all members of the sub-committee, formed to look into this issue, were overseas at the time.

Members are requested to appraise themselves of the results and feedback from the survey and, if seeking clarity or wishing to provide further input, attend an informal meeting and discussion to be held at Nordic House on 9 April at 3 pm. It must be stressed to members that no action can be taken on this survey without further discussion and formal voting at a future AGM or extraordinary members’ meeting. It is vital however, for planning purposes, that the committee has a sense of direction from the Association as it is not growing and is struggling to have members take an active role in its running.

You are urged to examine the results and give careful consideration as to how you want the Association to “look” in coming years.

Skt Hans Bonfire 2016

skthansaftenThere are currently no coordinators for the 2016 Skt Hans bonfire to be held at Nordic House in June this year.

The Committee is calling upon members to nominate to run this event. Full details of procedures are available and, with a team of helpers, it is a very easy event to run. If you are interested in taking this event on, please contact one of the committee members immediately.

In the event that no members nominate to coordinate and run this event in 2016, it will regrettably be cancelled for this year.

Busy bee – Sunday 22 May 2016

The next busy bee at Nordic House will be on Sunday 22 May 2016 commencing at 8 am and concluding around lunch time.  Please come along. This is an opportunity to tidy up the garden and house for winter.

The busy bee is always fun. Members help in whatever way they can (most tools required are provided) and it is an opportunity to share ideas and friendship.

You may bring along your own snack lunch, but hotdogs will also be available free of charge.

Any queries regarding the busy bee, please contact Gunnar Horn on 0431 259 672.

New editor needed

Help wantedIn May 2016, Neil Wilson will put together his 60th edition of SCANPOST. This will also be his last due to extensive upcoming travel plans. So, at the 2015 AGM, he gave notice that the Association will need to find a new editor.

The task is not an onerous one. It just takes an eagle eye to watch for Nordic news, a cooperative committee to provide copy, and some computer skills and a little time to pull it all together.

Neil is happy to provide the new editor with all his templates and documents. All that is needed is someone to take on the job. Please consider if this is how you can contribute to the Association and, if so, please contact Neil on 9332 5247 with your questions and queries.

Your library needs you

A Library sub-committee is being considered to rationalise and develop the library resources at Nordic House.

Expressions of interest are sought to volunteer on this sub-committee which will consider and decide the disposal of surplus books, what to retain, how to organise, attract interest, repair books, relate to external resources and facilitate possible presentations. The sub- committee could increasingly adapt over the years to include new technology.

The sub-committee would ideally be at least three members, and would meet quarterly at Nordic House. If you are interested, please contact Gunnar Horn by email at or by phone on 0431 259 672.

For the four Saturdays from 7 May to 28 May, the Nordic House library will be disposing of surplus books, mostly Danish and a few Norwegian. These will be on display at Nordic House from 2pm to 5 pm each Saturday. Books will be available for a gold coin donation with all proceeds going towards Association activities.

Nordic House News – April 2016

  • Congratulations to our former SBS Danish Radio coordinator, Zanne Mallett, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List for service to the Scandinavian community, and to multicultural media.
  • Welcome to Lisa Jahrsten, who has recently been appointed as the Honorary Swedish Consul to Western Australia.
  • Krystina and Kristian Myhre have about 15 children’s books and 10 DVDs in Norwegian, suitable from baby to 8 years old, that they would love to pass on to someone. If you know anyone who would be grateful to receive them, please let them know on 0417 818 552. Collection from Wembley.

Social barbecue on 14 May 2016



The annual autumn social barbecue will be held on 14 May at Nordic House commencing at 5.30 pm. The cost will be $25 for members and $35 for non- members. This price includes food, tea and coffee and a door prize. BYO alcohol, and soft drinks will be sold for $1. Please book by 11 May with Marianne on 0401 169 853 or email