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A very successful traction engine rally held in Gore in 1959 was the catalyst for the formation of the Southland Steam Engine Club, with the inaugural meeting held in 1959.

· To encourage and promote the preservation of steam engines, associated equipment and their history.

· To promote the steam engine cause and encourage new members by holding Club meetings, social events and outings, field days and rallies.

· To co-operate with and assist other organisations in promoting the vintage cause and generate fellowship among members.

· To raise funds by contributions, donations, subscriptions or by any other suitable means to further the interests and objects of the Club.

· To retain in the Club’s area, where possible, all items of interest or historic value pertaining to steam or associated equipment.


The Club is now an incorporated society and has objects of:


Other points of interest:

· We have a 60 strong membership base which is mostly made up of Southland wide members, but we do have     supporters all over New Zealand and even internationally

· We support local events such as Crank Up, Mandeville Fly in, A&P Shows, Santa Parades, Fundraising events

· We own the old Dairy Factory site at Brydone on State Highway One, between Edendale and Mataura

· We hold two Club open days every year in November and February

· We grow and cut chaff for our main fundraiser

· We have numerous social events during the year

· We issue a comprehensive newsletter bi-monthly

· We own an 8Hp Marshall traction engine and are custodians of a 4Hp Garrett steam tractor

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