The Southland Branch has had a chequered time with its newsletter issues, with several periods of bursts of activity by enthusiastic editors punctuated by similar bursts of inactivity when compiler/editors were not forthcoming, as can be seen in the table below. Past editors have included Guy Harris (1995-98), Geoff Amos (1998-2001), Mrs Pat Turnbull (2001/02), Roger Washbourn (2003-10), and currently Wendy Shaw. The name of the newsletter (Branch Lines) was adopted after a naming competition amongst members in 1999; the winning effort came from Evelyn Jones. Issue number 20 was the first to display the new name.
There is, unfortunately, a paucity of electronic versions of all but those listed below. The Branch holds a file in its Resources Room containing print copies of many of the earlier editions. Formats have varied over the years, from foolscap, to A4, then A5 during the Geoff Amos era. The format returned to A4 in 2002 and has remained that way since.
You can download a copy of the most recent newsletter (Number 70, of April/May 2018) by clicking here.
Past issues are outlined in the table following, where the month of issue and the BL number are bracketed. Click on the appropriate cell to download that issue. Important: You may need to press your 'Back' button on the toolbar to return to this page after downloading and reading.
|Feb. 2002/BL34||April 2002/BL35||June 2002/BL36||Sept. 2002/BL37||March 2003/BL38||Sept. 2003/BL39|
|Sept. 2004/BL40||Jan. 2007/BL41||Sept. 2007/BL42||Sept. 2009/BL43||June 2010/BL44|
|Feb. 2013/BL45||Aug. 2013/BL46||April 2014/BL47||Aug. 2014/BL48||Octr. 2014/BL49||Dec. 2014/BL50|
|Feb. 2015/BL51||April 2015/BL52||June 2015/BL53||Aug. 2015/BL54||Oct. 2015/BL55||Dec. 2015/BL56|
|Mar. 2016/BL57||April 2016/BL58||June 2016/BL59||Aug. 2016/BL60||Oct/Nov. 2016/BL61|
|Jan. 2017/BL62||April 2017/BL63||June 2017/BL64||June 2017/BL65||Aug/Sept 2017/BL66||Oct/Nov 2017/BL67||Dec.2017/BL68||Feb.2018/BL69||April 2018/BL70|
In 2009 the Branch celibrated its 40th anniversary. Issues 43 and 44 of Branch Lines reported on the activities around the time of the Branch's 40th anniversary in 2009, and contain many items of historical interest, including details of the inaugural meeting, early members, Branch office-bearers, Life Members, and the anniversary dinner.
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