Story: Otago places

Roadside Stories: Seacliff and Karitāne

The coastal Otago town of Seacliff was the site of a lunatic asylum for almost 100 years. In 1907 asylum superintendent Truby King, a resident of nearby Karitāne, set up what was to become the Plunket Society – an organisation to support and advise mothers on baby care. Highly successful, Plunket is still active today.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Seacliff and Karitāne. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago places - North of Dunedin', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35350/roadside-stories-seacliff-and-karitane (accessed 13 May 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015