Trucks loomed large in the life of Cor van Opzeeland. From a small coal cartage business in The Netherlands, to a major long-haul transport and warehousing business in Christchurch, he loved driving trucks.
Maria von Trapp, the second-eldest daughter of the musical family The Sound of Music was based on, has died.
If Papatotara had a flag it would have been lowered last week to mark the passing of its unofficial mayor, Hughie Erskine.
Over many years the name Stewart has been synonymous with book selling in Central Southland, Gordon Stewart having Rowan's book store, which 30 years ago his son Ross took over, developing it into Winton's Paper Plus, one of the first stores in that national franchise.
Former Hollywood child star died of natural causes in California, her family say.
Actor Russell Johnson became known to generations of television fans as "The Professor", the fix-it man who kept his fellow Gilligan's Island castaways supplied with gadgets.
In 10 days, friends and family will gather in Tuatapere to mourn the passing of a favourite daughter while celebrating achievements that made her name and theirs known worldwide in scientific circles.
One of the most colourful characters in post-war immigration to Southland, Dutch born Nick van der Lem, died in Invercargill last month, three days after his family had gathered to celebrate his 83rd birthday.
Actor, filmmaker, opera director - Maximilian Schell, the first German-speaking actor ever to receive an Academy Award, has died.
When your number plate says LOTTO, fans take notice.
Glamis Niederer, a well-known agri-business manager in Southland throughout the 1960s to early 1980s, has died in Queensland, Australia after a long fight with cancer. He was 87.
Southland lost a unique farming personality with the recent death of well-known jersey cattle breeder Gerald (Gus) Gunther He was 77.
Conrad William (Con) Lloyd's recent death in Invercargill served to remind established boxing fans of one of the finest fighters produced in the Nightcaps district, a long time bastion of the sport.
Biddy Kerr of Gore came to personify Southland womanhood, her myriad skills with wool and then other fibres leading her into businesses engaging fellow craftswomen.
Novelist Doris Lessing, who tackled race, ideology, gender politics and the workings of the psyche in a prolific and often iconoclastic career, has died at the age of 94.
As an engineer with International Business Machines (IBM) Bill Lowe oversaw the birth of the company's first personal computer targeted at consumers.
Peter Fatialofa did more than just cement Samoa's place among the rugby playing nations when he led his country in the 1991 World Cup.
More than 600 people crowded into the Invercargill Working Men's Club to say goodbye to Manahi Maaka, and the stories they told of his fun and friendship went on for an age later.
Lou Reed's deep influence on music and culture will live on well beyond his death.
Roxburgh high country farmer George Wales left this life with no regrets.