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Bloody Friday recalled
One-time protesters gather to remember the event
Bloody memories: Former Western
Southland farmers Syd Slee, left, and
Owen Buckingham look at the
newspaper clippings about the 1978
Southland Farmers Protest.
Photo: DIANE BISHOP 627247466
What: 35th anniversary reunion of Bloody Friday Southland
When and where: June 8 at the Invercargill Workingmen's
Who can attend: Anybody who has an interest in the
To register: Contact Syd Slee on: 249 7085 or email
By DIANE BISHOP
Southland's bloodiest day will
be remembered at a reunion
next month, which organiser
say will be a chance to relive
memories from the contro-
The day, dubbed Bloody Friday,
took place in 1978 when South-
land farmers released up to 1400
ewes on to Dee St in Invercargill
and slaughtered them in protest.
The protest was led by Western
Southland farmers Syd Slee and
Owen Buckingham and its aim
was to draw the country's
attention to Southland farmers'
frustration over the state of old
sheep starving to death at a rate
of 1000 a day because of
industrial chaos across the meat
industry. That was exacerbated
by the effects of the worst
drought since 1956.
The 35th anniversary reunion at
the Invercargill Workingmen's
Club will take place on June 8
and will be open to anybody who
has an interest in the event.
June Slee, the sister of protest
co-organiser Syd, said the
reunion would be an oppor-
tunity for all people interested
in the unique protest to get
together and share memories.
''If the memories have dimmed
somewhat, the photos and DVD
footage of the day should spark
them up,'' she said.
She has also substantially
updated her 1979 book about the
protest, which will be re-
released at the reunion as
Bloody Friday Revisited: Recol-
lections of the 1978 Southland
On the rough road to Hindon hinterland
The poor old beef cow gets a bit of a
hard time in my opinion.
She's often used as a tool to clean
up after the ewes and seldom is she put
on a pedestal, so it's good to see the
Southern Beef Profit Partnership (SBPP)
is helping change that perception.
The focus of the group was to achieve 5
per cent annual growth in beef profit and
the six farms involved in the project are
on target to achieve this. Last week was
the third field day for the SBPP, at
Lambhill Station at Hindon, but getting
there was a major mission.
I knew roughly where to go -- get to
Outram first. I did that all right but then I
got pulled over by a policeman who was
doing a routine check. Luckily, all he
wanted to see was my driver's licence.
For once I didn't mind getting pulled over
as this gave me the opportunity to ask for
directions to Hindon, which was to follow
a very windy, hilly road which at times
was only wide enough for one vehicle.
Several times I did wonder if I was going
in the right direction but the Beef +
Lamb New Zealand signs reassured me.
But I was concerned my work car might
not get me there because it was not four-
wheel drive and the shingle road to
Lambhill, just past the Hindon
settlement, pretty much requires one.
I got there in the end and I must say the
field day was very much worth the trip.
It was great to see the cattle thriving in
what is a very challenging environment --
one that is prone to harsh cold winters
and hot, dry summers. Yet, Lambhill
farm manager Chris Thomson is
achieving good results from feeding his
He has lifted his calving percentage
considerably and is achieving good
growth rates in his calves at weaning.
Check out my story on Lambhill
Station, page 6.
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