Tantalising questions about Dunedin's Scottish past and
whether the city is still ''the Edinburgh of the South'' will
be explored in a exhibition at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
later this month.
Titled DUNedinburgh, the exhibition opens on January 24 and
will offer ''a chance to reflect on Dunedin's Scottish
heritage'', organisers say.
The show includes three artefacts, one of them a historic
communion plate, loaned by the National Museum of Scotland,
which is based in Edinburgh, Dunedin's Scottish sister city.
A senior curator from the Scottish museum will accompany the
artefacts to Dunedin and give a public talk on January 24.
Also taking pride of place at the exhibition is a Caledonian
stone chair, which was carved out of Waikawa stone for the
Caledonian Society of Otago in 1901 to mark a visit to
Dunedin by Prince George, Duke of York, who later became King
The chair weighs 1.5 tonnes, and previously stood outside the
museum before being moved into safekeeping during the
museum's recent redevelopment.
Museum exhibitions developer William McKee said the show
would be colourful, a ''bit of fun'' and would allow visitors
to cast a simulated vote in the upcoming referendum on
whether Scotland should become independent.
Several other activities are associated with the Scottish
exhibition, including a Burns Night Scottish dinner and
entertainment, jointly hosted by the Dunedin Burns Club at
the museum from 7pm on January 25, and celebrating the
birthday of poet Robert Burns.