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Monday, 22nd August 2016
News on topics of historical interest;  The history of State Housing in New Zealand (Part Two, a fortnight later will look at this topic as it specifically relates to Dunedin.); We remember proud moments at past Olympic Games of medal-winning performances by competitors with Otago connections;  The story of a crime that occurred in Dunedin in 1953 – the shooting at Dunedin Hospital of Dr Bill Saunders by Senga Whittingham, who was found guilty of manslaughter;  Ann Barsby talks about the activities of the Southern Heritage Trust.

Monday, 8th August 2016
The shipwreck of the Pride of the Yarra in Otago Harbour, resulting in the drowning of the new principal of Otago Boys’ High School, the Reverend Thomas Campbell and his family; children’s entertainment in Victorian times; the history of Colonel Arthur Bauchop’s sword.

Monday, 25th July 2016
The unsolved murder of Dunedin lawyer James Ward; the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic; Did an aeroplane take off from Anderson’s Bay in 1910?

Monday, 11th July 2016
A shipboard diary written on an 1858 voyage from Scotland and the consequences of killing albatrosses; plans for bringing cable cars back to Dunedin; an interview with one of the last nuns to live in St Dominic’s Priory in Dunedin; and the Taieri Historical Society’s museum at Outram.

Monday, 26th June 2016
A documentary on the Chinese Garden in Dunedin and Chinese settlement in Otago; a new roof for St Dominic’s Priory in Dunedin; early letters to and from Dunedin; restoration of the Gresham Hotel in Queens Gardens, Dunedin; and single women are given advice about learning to cook, to enhance their chances of marriage.

Monday, 13th June 2016
Old bones dug up in Milton for scientific examination; The TB sanatorium at Waipiata becomes a Borstal; the Burnside Homestead in North Otago;  old shepherds’ huts in Central Otago

Monday, 30th May 2016
Sweated labour in Dunedin in the 19th century and factory reforms; the former TB sanatorium at Waipiata in Central Otago; the contribution to the founding of Otago University by George Samuel Sale; and stories from the Naseby courthouse.

Monday, 16th May 2016
The history of Quarantine Island in Otago Harbour; children’s letters to Dear Dot; some Dunedin heritage buildings suffer “demolition by neglect”; the old Chief Post Office in Dunedin becomes the Distinction Hotel.

Monday, 2nd May 2016
Willie Dougall, son of the Quarantine Island keeper, writes to Dear Dot of the Otago Witness newspaper; interview with former heritage policy planner at the Dunedin City Council, Glen Hazelton; the Donald Reid building is restored and the history of the naming of “Stick ‘em up Gully.”

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