Dr Matthew Schmidt: Dunedin’s Changing Shoreline: A city built on reclamation

17 June 2021 5:30pm

This talk will walk listeners through the changing shape of Dunedin City from a small town built on hills and swampy areas next to the harbour shore, to a city built on the extensive reclamation of the harbour. The story of Dunedin’s’ reclamation is the story of the rising wealth and prosperity of New Zealand’s once richest city. 

Dr Matthew Schmidt is the Senior Heritage Advisor Kaitohu Matua Taonga Tuku Iho Southern South Island for Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation. He was formally an independent heritage consultant and a Senior Archaeologist for Heritage New Zealand based in Dunedin. Matt has also been the New Zealand International Correspondent for the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO for 13 years for whom he writes a paper annually on heritage conservation projects he has been involved in. Matt’s interests in heritage span all periods of New Zealand’s history and he has a particular interest in early Maori cultural heritage sites, contact period sites and sites related to pastoralism and gold mining.

Location: Hocken Library, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

Free. All Welcome


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