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Seacliff lunatic asylum

Seacliff lunatic asylum

The Seacliff lunatic asylum was a large assemblage of buildings 28 kilometres north of Dunedin. Designed by architect Robert Lawson in a style that has been described as ‘Scottish baronial’, the building ruined his career when structural defects were found in it. When Truby King was superintendent, from 1889 to 1921, creative forms of treatment were pioneered.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago places - North of Dunedin', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015