Bomber came to visit but couldn't land
The largest jets to visit Southland in the 1950s and 1960s were RAF Vulcan bombers which made occasional low passes over Invercargill but were unable to land.
They were retired from service in 1984 but one remains airworthy.
The first to visit New Zealand was on a round-the-world trip in 1956. Unfortunately it crashed on its return to London.
In 1959 a Vulcan dragged a wing at Wellington Airport and spent 10 weeks at Ohakea being repaired.
This picture was taken in Invercargill on February 26, 1973.
The term Lost Tribe is applied to a small and isolated Maori population that lived in Fiordland until perhaps the 1850s.
A message scratched on a piece of slate and left by a sealer in Grono's Cave at Cape Providence in 1823 is a clue to their attitude to outsiders . . . "Beware of the natives plenty at Preservation."
The relationship of the so-called Lost Tribe to other Maori is uncertain but they may have been some of the Hawea subtribe of Ngati Mamoe, estranged from their Otago relatives. There were several inter- Maori battles in the fiords as late as the 1770s.
Southland's record attendance at a rugby match is believed to have been the 23,500 who watched the Southland versus France match on August 9, 1961. The French won 14 points to six.
A canning record was claimed on November 20, 1944, when S Ward Ltd of Bluff awarded bonuses to its workforce. The company had a war contract to can vegetables and rabbits, and Miss Joyce Lee had 1,500,000 cans pass through her hands in the year.
The largest of two pigeon species in Southland is the kereru or native pigeon. The other is the feral pigeon, probably introduced from Australia for live pigeon shooting competitions. Those that dodged the lead pellets found Southland to their liking and bred rapidly in the ornate stonework on the facades of Tay and Dee streets.
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