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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Hocken Library, University of Otago
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