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Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

The promotion of culture and learning was a valued attribute of city life, and civic leaders were among those who strongly encouraged this. During the settler period Dunedin was New Zealand's most prosperous city. It led the way culturally, establishing the country's first public art gallery in 1884. This neoclassical building, pictured not long after it opened, was built in 1907 to house the gallery. In the 2000s the building was home to the Otago Settlers Museum.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public buildings - Civic and cultural buildings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012