Sizing and Serving Up ‘Establishment’

Wednesday, 15th May 2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Seminar Room, Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

SPEAKER: Dr Emily Duncan

Free talk, all welcome.

For a small city with a short immigrant settler history, Dunedin was home to an impressive range of dining establishments during the 20th century. Each restaurant, tea rooms, café, or takeaway represented the intersection of a particular dream or ambition, cultural identity, and economic circumstances within the city.

Friends of the Hocken Collections Award recipient Dr Emily Duncan will talk about how she selected and shaped the stories for her research project ‘Establishment’, as well as why some didn’t make the cut. Given the scope of the project and available items in the Hocken Collections, it was both a rewarding and challenging task.

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Photo: Washing up, Savoy restaurant, 1930s. [E. A. Phillips?] photograph, P2023-006-023, Hocken Collections

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