Southland Oral History Project

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Heritage Month

This Heritage Month we are providing a series of heritage based events for your enjoyment.

Check out upcoming events below, or visit the Heritage Month page for the full itinerary.

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29mar11:00 am3:00 pmThe Archivists Escape to Bluff!11:00 am - 3:00 pm Four Square SupermarketEvent Type :Adults

31mar1:00 pm4:00 pmThe Archivists Escape to Templeton!1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Templeton Flax Mill Heritage MuseumEvent Type :Adults

06apr10:00 am3:30 pmRegistrations RequiredOral History Training Course10:00 am - 3:30 pm Event Type :Adults

The Project

Southland’s stories define who we are as a people and a province.  Our project aims to capture these stories as a collective memory of what it is to be part of this community.

The project covers a broad range of subjects, not only the defining events in our local history but also our traditions, our everyday way of life and what it means to be a Southlander.

The Project is actively supported by Heritage South and the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives. For more information check out the 2015-2020 Southland Oral History Project Strategic Plan

  • If you are recommending someone to be interviewed please complete the sections below:

Accessing the Collection

You can listen to the interviews in the Archive Research Room after signing sign a User Registration form.

If you would like to use an extract in a publication then written permission from the Project Co-ordinator is required.

Becoming a Volunteer

Most of our volunteers become interviewers. We also invite people to abstract recorded interviews. This involves listening to interviews and creating a time-kept index to them.  

In both instances we provide a through training programme and continue to support you throughout your time with us.  For more information simply email the Project Co-ordinator on

  • Interviewer Abstractor
    Our interviewers undergo training to ensure that our interviews are conducted in a professional and ethical way. Training workshops are usually held yearly. There is no enrolment fee for the Oral History Training Workshops. However participating in the workshops brings with it the expectation that you will contribute to the Southland Oral History Project as a volunteer interviewer. No previous experience is required but an interest in people and an ability to listen are essential. Our abstractors undergo training to ensure that abstracts are produced to a high standard. Training is done on an individual basis throughout the year. You will need access to a computer with a word processing programme, email and a CD player

Contacting the Project Coordinator

As the Co-ordinator only works 7 hours per week. Please email Project Co-ordinator on to arrange a time to catch up.

The Southland Oral History Project is led and supported by the Invercargill City Council, and Heritage Souuth and generously supported by Community Trust South.