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Otago University is the oldest University in New Zealand. It was built based on the idea of keeping ‘bright young minds’ in Aotearoa, instead of sending them back to ‘Oxbridge’ in England.

The first classes were held for the 81 students enrolled at the institution in 1871. Four professors taught everything from Classics and English Literature through to Natural Science and Philosophy.

By 1879, the University moved from the centre of town to Maxwell Bury’s new buildings, which included Arts and Science’s block and Clock Tower. These buildings with their dark volcanic stone edifices dominated the eastern side of Dunedin City. However, the School of Mines still kept their industrial shed on Union Street.

Geoff and I went for a wander before his term studying surveying started. We both enjoyed seeing a little piece of our old home in the form of a boulder of South Westland Schist set just outside the main lecture theatres. I was also intrigued by the dolphin skeleton set in marine limestone.

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Dolphin in Limestone
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