Welcome to the Southland Branch


Registered Charity CC36688
Branch Postal Address :   PO Box 1329, Invercargill 9840.
Email:  Southland@genealogy.org.nz

 Convenor  Ms Lesley Instone  03-217 8825 (evenings)
 Secretary  Wendy Shaw  027-431 5714

The Southland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (Inc.) is based in Invercargill; at 46° 25´ South latitude, this is the southern-most Branch in New Zealand. (If you want to know where Invercargill is located, click HERE to see a location map.)

The Branch, which was formed on 19 November 1969, is affiliated to the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc. (NZSG), and operates in accordance with the Rules and By-Laws of NZSG. (See the Membership page for a summary of the Society and its aims.) The Southland Branch celebrated its 40th Anniversary in October 2009. The June 2010 edition of the Branch's newsletter (Number 44) contained notes and some pictures from that anniversary dinner. There is also a short history of the branch in the 'Newsletters & Archives' page.

The Branch draws its members from Invercargill City and the rural localities nearby  -   Bluff, Hedgehope, Makarewa, Pahia, Riverton, Tussock Creek and Wallacetown.   The Convenor (Ms Lesley Instone) is assisted by a committee of up to 9 members, and organises regular monthly meetings with speakers or visits, and when research facilities are open.

Members receive a periodic newsletter 'Branch Lines'  - Wendy Shaw is the Compiler and is always grateful for contributions.  You can download copies of the Branch's newsletters from the 'Newsletters & Archives' page (see the navigation bar at the left-hand side of the screen).

icon You can download a copy of the Branch's current 2017 Information Brochure by clicking the Information icon at left. 

Neighbouring Branches or Local Area Contacts of the Society are located at Te Anau, Winton, Gore and Alexandra, with others in the southern region at Balclutha, Cromwell, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Oamaru and Wanaka.   See the Society's website for contact people and details of meetings of these Branches.   Visitors and/or intending members are welcomed at these meetings.

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Here is a map of part of Southland province, showing the location of Invercargill city and the surrounding localities.

Invercargill map

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The Southland Branch Committee approved this as an official site on 23 May 2001.
This is version 4 (August 2012) of the website;   it is under continuing development.
The author is Roger Washbourn (NZSG Member) who would welcome advice of errors and omissions.
Please report any broken links to the author.
Website format last amended 9-September-2012.

Arachnophilia 4.0   (This little guy helped.)