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ABOUT THE SOUTH

LLOYD ESLER
Last updated 15:08 21/03/2014
Pancake rocks
Southland has its own Pancake Rocks in the Aparima River below Otautau.

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Southland has its own Pancake Rocks in the Aparima River below Otautau. Layers of hard Fairfax limestone, perhaps 20 million years old, are separated by thin deposits of silt which erode to give the appearance of a stack of pancakes. This effect is called stylobedding. Fairfax stone was sawn into blocks and used as a building stone. Several old Invercargill buildings and the Fairfax homestead are constructed from it.

Southland's largest congregation fits into Southland's largest church. First Church normally seats 750 but has seated up to 1000. No record has yet been claimed for the largest religious gathering in Southland.

Bodgies and their female equivalent the widgies were the disreputable youth of the 1950s. They had distinctive clothing, greased hair and motor bikes. They frequented milk bars in the main towns, including Invercargill, occasionally made a nuisance of themselves and attracted much bad press. A decent haircut and good wash were the prescribed treatments. Bodgieness, like the similar Teddy Boy or Beatnik movement in Britain, grew out of post- war imitation of young American culture with its perceived liberal values and easy access to fast machines, trendy clothes and money.

Southland's first international soccer (football) game was against New South Wales at Invercargill on July 20, 1904, with the visitors winning 8-0. Southland won its first international when it scored 5-1 against the Chinese on Rugby Park on September 10, 1924.

Southland's first Church of Christ congregation met in March 1859 in Invercargill. Its first resident Southland minister was A F Turner who led the Disciples of Christ at Mataura in 1888. Churches of Christ are autonomous Christian congregations which associate with each other through their shared beliefs and practices.

About The South
Lloyd Esler 
15 Mahuri Rd, 
Otatara, RD 9, 
Invercargill 
Phone-fax (03) 213 0404 
email: esler@southnet.co.nz

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