Story: Atheism and secularism

The Lyceum, Dunedin

The Lyceum, Dunedin

The Lyceum was a public hall built by the Freethought Association in Dunedin. It was opened on 1 May 1882 by freethinker Robert Stout (premier from 1884 to 1887), who gave a lecture entitled 'What is free-thought?' to an audience of 750 people. Freethinkers based their opinions on science, logic and reason rather than on religious belief. The building no longer stands.

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Carl Walrond, 'Atheism and secularism - Organised secular groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018