Famous Folk from INVERCARGILL New Zealand
INVERCARGILL New Zealand is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. It is the commercial centre of the Southland region.
It lies in the heart of the wide expanse of the Southland Plains on the Oreti or New River some 18 km north of Bluff, which is the southernmost town in the South Island.
It sits amid rich farmland that is bordered by large areas of conservation land and marine reserves, including Fiordland National Park covering the south-west corner of the South Island.
Many streets in the city, especially in the centre and main shopping district, are named after rivers in the United Kingdom, mainly Scotland. These include the main streets Dee and Tay, as well as those named after the Tyne, Esk, Don, Thames, Mersey, Ness, Yarrow, Spey, and Eye rivers.
This is a list of notable people who were born in Invercargill or who spent a significant part of their lives living in the region
- each name (at this link) is a link to a bio and some photos
Peter Arnett - NBC war correspondent
Oliver Bulleid - Railway locomotive designer and Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway (Great Britain), born in Invercargill in 1882
Johnnie Checketts - Silver Star, Wingco and Spitfire Ace
Bill Crawford-Crompton - Silver Star, Air Vice Marshal and WW2 Commander and Ace
Geoffrey Cox Rhodes Scholar, Chief Intelligence Officer to General Freyberg in WWII, founded Britain's pioneering News at Ten on ITN.
Marton Csokas - actor
Dan Davin - author, editor
Corey Flynn - All Black
Ernest Godward - inventor of the spiral hairpin and the petrol economiser
Dene Halatau - West Tigers Utility in the NRL
Joseph Hatch - businessman, oil factor
Brigadier James Hargest; CBE, DSO & 2 bars, MC, ED, MP - New Zealand chief military officer for Southland and politician
Rowena Jackson - Royal Ballet prima ballerina
Jason Kerrison - Opshop singer/songwriter
Chris Knox - infamous (in NZ) alternative rock musician
Alex Lithgow - composer, musician, conductor
Bill Manhire - inaugural NZ poet laureate
Khan Manuel - Guitarist/Composer
Herbert James "Burt" Munro - inventor, motorcycle enthusiast, racer and under-1000 cc land speed record holder
Mils Muliaina - All Black
Harry Norris - A music director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Anton Oliver - All Black
Herbert Pither - aviation legend of Southland,
Suzanne Prentice - musician
Boyce Richardson - journalist, author, filmmaker
Lesley Rumball - Former Silver Ferns Captain
Victor Spencer - last soldier to be executed in World War I, pardoned in 2005
Garfield Todd - Prime Minister of Rhodesia
Jeremy Waldron - prominent legal and political philosopher
Joseph Ward - Prime Minister of New Zealand
Jeff Wilson - All Black and Black Cap ("Double All Black")
Bob Yule - WWII fighter pilot