The Clan Lindsay Society of New Zealand
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The Clan Lindsay Society,  Southland, New Zealand

The Clan Lindsay Society, Southland , New Zealand was first organized on 21 April 1960 and provides the Scottish heritage framework for those of the Lindsay (how ever spelled) surname for the country of New Zealand..  It is not yet an incorporated entity but functions with a set of Written Rules.  They do not currently have a web site.

The Clan Lindsay Society, Southland , is located in the New Zealand province of Southland which is at the south end of the South Island.  The main city in this agricultural province is Invercargill.

The Clan Lindsay Society, Southland currently solicits eligible membership from all of New Zealand.  The annual subscription fee is $2.50 New Zealand dollars. They publish two newsletters per year to the membership.  The organization hosts an annual gathering/luncheon and participates in all the combined clans functions that are held chiefly in the city of  Invercargill.

If you are interested in learning more about membership in this Lindsay organization, you can communicate with Mrs. Elizabeth Beer, nee Lindsay who currently serves as President of the organization.

The acknowledged Chief of the Clan Lindsay Association USA, Inc., The Clan Lindsay Society of Australia, The Clan Lindsay Society, Southland, New Zealand and The Clan Lindsay Society is the Honorable Earl of Crawford. The current 29th Earl of Crawford also has the title of 12th Earl of Balcarres. The family seat is at the Balcarres estate located in Colinsburgh, Fife, Scotland. Lord Crawford's ancestors have held this title since before 1143.  Lord Crawford is the premier Earl of Scotland and a Life Peer in the House of Lords. 

Although this web site does not officially represent this organization, those individuals that qualify are encouraged to apply for membership in one or more of the Lindsay organizations that formally exists in the world today and solicits eligible new members who wish to celebrate their Scottish heritage.


About New Zealand

New Zealand, about 1,250 mi (2,012 km) southeast of Australia, consists of two main islands and a number of smaller, outlying islands so scattered that they range from the tropical to the Antarctic. The country, in area, is the size of Colorado. New Zealand's two main components are the North Island and the South Island, separated by Cook Strait, which varies from 16 to 190 mi (26 to 396 km) in width. The North Island (44,281 sq mi; 115,777 sq km) is 515 mi (829 km) long and volcanic in its south-central part. This area contains many hot springs and beautiful geysers. South Island (58,093 sq mi; 151,215 sq km) has the Southern Alps along its west coast, with Mount Cook (12,283.3 ft; 3,754 m) the highest point. Other inhabited islands include Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, and Great Barrier Island. The largest of the uninhabited outlying islands are the Auckland Islands (234 sq mi; 606 sq km), Campbell Island (44 sq mi; 114 sq km), the Antipodes Islands (24 sq mi; 62 sq km), and the Kermadec Islands (13 sq mi; 34 sq km).

Maoris were the first inhabitants of New Zealand, arriving on the islands in about A.D. 1000. Maori oral history maintains the Maoris came to the island in seven canoes from other parts of Polynesia. In 1642 New Zealand was explored by Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator. British captain James Cook made three voyages to the islands, beginning in 1769. Britain formally annexed the islands in 1840. 

New Zealand was the world's first country to give women the right to vote (1893). It adopted old age pensions (1898); a national child welfare program (1907); social security for the aged, widows, and orphans, along with family benefit payments; minimum wages; a 40-hour work week and unemployment and health insurance (1938); and socialized medicine (1941). 


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