School bands once common


Last updated 10:45 17/06/2014
The SBHS marching band on Anzac Day 1941

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School bands used to be popular and Southland had its share of pipe, brass, and fife and drum bands.

This picture, courtesy of Graeme Mulligan, shows the SBHS marching band on Anzac Day 1941 on its way from the town hall to the cenotaph. It is led by bandmaster Lieutenant Napier, who was ex-British Army. The previous year the band attended the 1940 centennial celebrations in Wellington.

The first feature film to include footage of Southland was the 1935 J J W Pollard film The Wagon and the Star which showed Eglinton Valley, Te Anau and Invercargill.

The first known results from a New Zealand sawing and wood chopping competition come from a Woodlands contest on Christmas Day, 1888.

The Southland Times said: "A form of competition, viz, chopping and cross-cutting trees, which has not been often introduced in this district, proved very interesting and close. Cross-cutting competition - James O'Neil and D. Hannah, 1 min. 13 secs and 1 min. 41 secs first; G. Anderson and John O'Neil, 1 min. 13 secs and 1 min. 47 secs second.

Chopping Competition - James O'Neil, (scratch) 6 mins. 10 secs. first; John Fisher (45 secs handicap), 7 mins. 21 secs, second."

Southland's best rugby point scorer is Simon Culhane with 976 points in 104 games played for Southland from 1988 to 1998. Playing for Otago in 1999, he scored a further 48 points in six games.

Southland's largest eggs were laid by giant moas and measured 24cm x 18cm although no intact ones have been found in Southland. The egg of the elephant bird of Madagascar was 34cm long but the bird was shorter than the moa. The largest eggs from living Southland birds come from the brown kiwi - 12.5cm - and the black swan and buller's mollymawk - both 10.4cm.

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