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Events In History

9 April 1932

During the 'angry autumn' of 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, unemployed workers in Dunedin reacted angrily when the Hospital Board refused to assist them.

17 November 1925

Governor-General Sir Charles Fergusson opened Dunedin’s New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition in November 1925.

31 March 1910

Thomas Hocken’s priceless legacy of historical material is the most important collection outside Crown ownership in New Zealand.

27 May 1909

The Tasmanian-born confidence trickster topped a long career impersonating well-off men for financial gain by claiming to be a sheepfarmer and the nephew of a bishop.

10 June 1889

The first New Zealand kindergarten to educate children, in Dunedin, was based on the ideas of the German educationalist Friedrich Froebel.

21 January 1889

‘Professor’ Thomas Baldwin landed safely by parachute from a balloon floating high above South Dunedin.

7 May 1888

A meeting in Dunedin presided over by the mayor unanimously called for a ban on further Chinese immigrants.

6 February 1871

The first public girls’ secondary school in the southern hemisphere was Otago Girls’ High School, which opened eight years after the local public boys’ high school.

3 June 1869

Governor George Bowen gave his assent to the Otago Provincial Council’s University of Otago Ordinance, enabling the establishment of New Zealand’s first university.

2 May 1868

The clipper Celestial Queen arrived at Port Chalmers carrying the first shipment of live fish ova from England. These fish were intended to provide sport for the settlers, but none survived in New Zealand.

29 September 1862

Dunedin's Royal Princess Theatre was the venue for a performance of Donizetti's Daughter of the regiment by the visiting English Opera Troupe, supplemented by local performers.

1 March 1862

The British-born tenor Charles Thatcher gave his first New Zealand performance at Shadrach Jones's Commercial Hotel in Dunedin.

15 November 1861

Dunedin became the first New Zealand town with a daily newspaper when the first issue of the Otago Daily Times was published.


The Beatles in New Zealand

When four young Liverpool musicians landed in Wellington on a lazy Sunday afternoon in June 1964, seven days of pandemonium erupted. Young New Zealanders flocked in their thousands to hear or just catch a glimpse of the famous 'Fab Four'. Read the full article

Page 1 - The Beatles in New Zealand

When four young Liverpool musicians landed in Wellington on a lazy Sunday afternoon in June 1964, seven days of pandemonium erupted. Young New Zealanders flocked in their

Page 5 - South Island

The Beatles' concerts in Dunedin on 26 June were some of the wildest of the New Zealand

Regional rugby

The passion and parochialism of provincial rugby helped give the game a special place in New Zealand’s social and sporting history. Read brief histories, highlights and quirky facts about each of New Zealand's 26 regional rugby teams. Read the full article

Page 28 - Otago rugby

History and highlights of rugby in the Otago

The 1913 Great Strike

The Great Strike of 1913 was in fact a series of strikes between mid-October 1913 and mid-January 1914. It was one of New Zealand’s most violent and disruptive industrial confrontations. Read the full article

Page 6 - The 1913 strike in the South Island

Although the 1913 strike had its biggest impact on Auckland and Wellington, the South Island's cities and mining towns were also

Dunedin was established in 1848 by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland. A gold rush in the Otago province during the 1860s caused Dunedin’s population, and wealth, to increase dramatically; it was for several years New Zealand’s largest and most prosperous city. The University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest, was founded in Dunedin in 1869, and since then students have made a major contribution to the city’s unique character.

Meaning of place name
The city was originally to be called New Edinburgh, but instead Dunedin - the old Celtic form of the name of the capital of Scotland - was chosen.

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