Search for history uncovered underground

 Archaeological dig at the back of the former theatre site in Dowling St. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
Archaeological dig at the back of the former theatre site in Dowling St. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN

The Lyceum Theatre was a public hall built by the Freethought Association in Dunedin, in 1882....
The Lyceum Theatre was a public hall built by the Freethought Association in Dunedin, in 1882. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Work is under way on the Dunedin site for ACC’s new office block, at the back of the former Lyceum Theatre site.

A Ngai Tahu Property spokesman said archaeological investigations at the Dowling St site had started.

Excavation and piling work is scheduled to begin in the new year.

The Lyceum, which also acted asa City Hall, Alhambra and King’s Theatre over the years, was opened in 1882.

It was demolished in 1989.

 

 

Comments

A Dunedin rugby club and a Dunedin theater each named Alhambra. What is the connection, if any, with the Granada, Spain, palace and fortress? I think its possible that one of the founders of the rugby club migrated to Dunedin aboard a ship named Alhambra, but i'm not sure. This could also be the reason for the theaters name.

 

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