About

The University of Otago/Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, New Zealand’s first university, was founded in 1869. To commemorate the 150th anniversary in 2019, it will publish a new history. I’m historian Ali Clarke, and I’ve been appointed to research and write this history. As I work on this project (part-time) over the next few years, this blog will keep you up-to-date with various interesting snippets I come across along the way. Any further information you can add to the stories I share here is very welcome! You can read a little more about the project in this Otago Bulletin article.

Check out the bibliography page for a list of published books and articles relating to the history of the university, and the memoirs & biographies page for a list of publications about university people. Can you help identify any of the images in the posts under the ‘mystery photographs’ category?

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Otago.

About the blog header

The stereograph in the blog header, featuring the university’s iconic gothic revival clocktower building, was photographed by William Williams around 1895. The building was designed by Maxwell Bury and constructed in the late 1870s. Image courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Ref: 1/1-025914-G

6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Gabriel Kou said:

    Is there any article about Otago Physiotherapy?

    • Hi Gabriel, I haven’t put anything on this blog yet about physiotherapy, but will do eventually. My plan is to put up at least one story about every school/department of the university, but that will take a while! Luckily I still have 3 more years (part-time) on the project. There’s a great book on the history of the physio school – “In Our Hands” by Louise Shaw. It was published in 2013 to mark 100 years of the school.

  2. Ali
    Leading up to the recent Carrington 50 th I wrote up some dot points and thoughts about Carrington.
    I dont recall them being used but you are welcome to use them as a blog if you wish.
    I will send them to you if you wish.
    They were not derogatory.

  3. I’m loving this blog. Thank you so much. I’m in the “thinking and dreaming” stage of an historical novel set in Victorian Dunedin, and your posts and the Bibliography are a goldmine 🙂

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