Exhibition developer Will McKee and National Museum of
Scotland senior curator Elaine Edwards check
''DUNedinburgh'' at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum yesterday.
Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Dunedin might have the Mc taken out of it, as an
exhibition opening at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum today
questions whether the city still warrants its ''Edinburgh of
the South'' epithet.
''Dunedin was the furtherest reach of the Scottish diaspora.
The founding population in Dunedin were imbued with
Scottishness and Presbyterianism and were keen to maintain
their links with Scotland,'' museum curator Sean Brosnahan
''But, we're now 160-plus years on from the first settlers
arriving. To what extent are we still the Edinburgh of the
''Are bagpipes and tartan just something we play up for the
tourists, or do people here still value their Caledonian
He questioned its importance to this and future generations.
''Dunedin is such a Scottish place in so many ways, but it's
also a modern New Zealand city. How those two things relate
is really what this exhibition is exploring.''
Dunedin's isolation had led to some strong Scottish
traditions, visiting National Museum of Scotland senior
curator Elaine Edwards said.
''You want to connect with your homeland when you're abroad
and the Scottish have a very strong identity in things like
music and literature,'' she said.
The free exhibition includes the New Zealand Scottish
Regiment colours, a Caledonian stone chair, original Dunedin
and Otago tartan weavings, Presbyterian artefacts from the
National Museum of Scotland and the Edinburgh Reliquary,
which was a 1948 centennial gift to Dunedin from Edinburgh.
The exhibition, which runs until July 13, features an
interactive display about Scottish independence.