Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand



Established in the 1860’s, Otautau is located halfway between Invercargill and Te Anau, approximately 45 minutes West of Invercargill. Known as “The Heart of Western Southland” with a population of approx 880, the main industries for the town are timber, dairy and sheep farming.

Other industries include a joinery factory, furniture showroom and gift shop, supermarket, pharmacy, hairdressers, 2 hotels, mechanical repairs, servicing and sales, electricians, plumbers, builders, 2 farm supply depots, veterinarians, accommodation, 7 day dairy and fast food outlet.

Otautau also offers excellent fishing and hunting facilities with the nearby Aparima River, Longwood Hills and numerous other lakes, rivers and mountain ranges within a short distance.
Source -http://nztri.aut.ac.nz/southland/pages/viewtown.php?town=3


City/Town : Latitude: -46.14178273759233, Longitude: 167.99468994140625


Otautau Post Office
Otautau Post Office
This was taken in 1909 and shows the postmaster, staff and a messenger boy.
Otautau, Bible Class Picnic
Otautau, Bible Class Picnic
This is a Bible class picnic taken around 1900.
Otautau Courthouse
Otautau Courthouse
The Courthouse was built in 1908. It consisted of a court room, magistrate's chambers, clerk's office, and witness room. In the early 1980s, the Justice Department declared the courthouse was surplus property. The local council eventually acquired it and used it for the Otautau Library. Later it was sold to the Otautau Heritage Trust. It is used for meetings, exhibitions, and workshops by the Otautau & District Creative Arts Trust and the Otautau Museum Trust. It remains one of the oldest buildings in Otautau.


Matches 1 to 9 of 9

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Bryce, James Seddon  28 Oct 1915Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I19194
2 Cuthbertson, William Alexander  31 Jul 1903Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I19361
3 Dickson, William Lionel  24 Dec 1930Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I694
4 Ford, Millicent  6 Mar 1907Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I12153
5 McLeay, James Finlay (Jim)  15 Aug 1888Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I147
6 Wyeth, C.M.   I683
7 Wyeth, E.F.   I681
8 Wyeth, E.M.   I682
9 Wyeth, Robert Bruce  13 May 1924Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I501


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Thompson, Robert  01 Mar 1987Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I1176

Electoral Roll

Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Electoral Roll    Person ID 
1 Dewe, Wilfred Leslie Gordon  1928Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand I22435


Matches 1 to 4 of 4

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 Dickson / Wyeth   F218
2 Haddow / Wyeth   F221
3 Heatherington / Breayley   F13633
4 Thornley / Wyeth   F223

Electoral Roll

Matches 1 to 4 of 4

   Family    Electoral Roll    Family ID 
1 Dickson / Wards  1949Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand F219
2 Mathews / Topham  1911Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand F1290
3 Wyeth / Thompson  1935Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand F212
4 Wyeth / Thompson  1946Otautau, Southland, Southland, New Zealand F212