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150th blogger signs off

Monday 4 December 2017 10:47am

150th blogger signs off
The university’s first home, complete with ‘loungers’, photographed around 1877. Image courtesy of the Hocken Collections, University of Otago Library records, 96-111/15, S17-612b.

Alumni and Friends would like to extend a sincere thanks to Dr Ali Clarke for her excellent work as writer and editor of the University of Otago 1869-2019 - writing a history blog. 

Dr Clarke began the 150th celebrations blog project in mid-2013, and has since posted about 130 articles and hundreds of images detailing aspects of Otago's illustrious history. 

She was uniquely qualified for the task as a graduate of the University’s History and Art History Department, from which she gained a PhD in 2003 on holidays, religion and ethnicity in 19th Century Otago.

Since then, she has written a number of important histories, including the 2009 history of Knox College, entitled A Living Tradition: A Centennial History of Knox College, Dunedin.

In her final blog, Dr Clarke takes us back to "where it all began", and discusses Otago's earliest and very inner-city buildings - that's right, the University hasn't always been situated on the banks of the Leith.

She also assures readers the popular blog will continue; Otago history students will contribute material for future posts.  

Click here to read the latest, and last, post.