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Otago: 150 Years of New Zealand's First University

Otago: 150 Years of New Zealand's First University

A comprehensive history of the University of Otago with an inclusive focus.

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ISBN 9781988531335
Published 30 November 2018 by Otago University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Clarke, Alison
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ISBN-13 9781988531335
ISBN-10 1988531330
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Publication Date 30 November 2018
International Publication Date 28 February 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Clarke, Alison
Category Social & Cultural History
Maritime History
History Of Specific Institutions
Psychological Methodology
Business & Management
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 472
Dimensions Width: 189mm
Height: 253mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Universities and colleges - New Zealand - Dunedin, Whare waananga, Kura tuatoru
NBS Text Management & Business: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 378.9392
Catalogue Code 944611

Description of this Book

The University of Otago has always taken pride in its status as New Zealand's first university. Starting a university in 1869 was a bold move: other regions observed Otago's action with a mixture of surprise, scepticism and envy. The venture paid off: from small beginnings, the university grew into a large institution with local, national and international significance. Like any organisation, the University of Otago has had its good times and its bad times. It has been at some periods and in some ways deeply conservative, and in other ways boldly entrepreneurial. A good history is a critical assessment rather than a public relations exercise, and Alison Clarke has consulted and researched widely to produce a forthright and fascinating account. While traditional institutional histories focus on the achievements of the most senior staff, she has been at pains to write an inclusive history painted on a much broader canvas. This history is arranged thematically, looking at the university's foundation and administration; the evolving student body; the staff; the changing academic structure and the development of research; the Christchurch and Wellington campuses and the university's presence in Auckland and Invercargill; key support services - libraries, press, student health and counselling, disability services, Ma ori Centre and Pacific Islands Centre; the changing styles of teaching; the university's built environment; and finally, the university's place in the world - its relationship with the city of Dunedin, its interaction with mana whenua and its importance to New Zealand and to the Pacific.

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Author's Bio

Alison Clarke was a nurse until she became sidetracked by history. She completed a PhD at Otago in 2003, and has worked at the Hocken Collections since. Her previous publications include Holiday Seasons: Christmas, New Year and Easter in nineteenth-century New Zealand (2007); A Living Tradition: A centennial history of Knox College, Dunedin (2009); and Born to a Changing World: Childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand (2012). She has lived for many years on Otago Peninsula, where she tries not to let the view distract her while writing.

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