100 Up – a snapshot of Dunedin life: 1910 & 2010

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 | Anna Blackman | No Comments

100 UP is the Hocken’s latest exhibition. Taking its name from Seven UP, a successful series of documentary films that follows the lives of fourteen individuals at seven-year intervals, the exhibition similarly uses a longitudinal method of study. Mounted to commemorate the Hocken Library’s 1910 opening, it presents a snapshot of Dunedin life from that year, and this.

An interesting array of objects including postcards, photographs, posters and ephemera, that date to around 1910 are placed alongside 2010 representations of the city. Contemporary observations of Dunedin are largely presented through the photographs of Max Oettli, which were commissioned by the Friends of Hocken Collections to mark the Library’s centenary. The Hocken would like to thank the Friends for this generous gift.

We have produced a stunning poster to promote this show. It will be coming to a bollard near you soon – so keep a look out for the exhibition’s distinctive ‘100 UP’ logo. The reverse side of the poster features images of a number of collection items including postcards, historic photographs, St George food labels and a 1910 edition of the ‘Sure to Rise’ cookery book, on the reverse. The poster is available for purchase at the Hocken’s office or email us with your order at hocken@otago.ac.nz.

Regardless of whether you are new to Dunedin or a long term resident we think you will enjoy the show. If you are unable to visit the exhibition in person, an online version of the exhibition is currently in production and you will be able to view it soon via the Hocken page of the University of Otago’s website.

Natalie Poland, Curator of Pictorial Collections

Interesting use of photographs of Cargill’s Castle

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 | Anna Blackman | No Comments

The Otago Daily Times recently published the story of Warren Justice and his scale model of Cargill’s Castle


Warren based his model on historical photographs of the well known landmark (also known as the Cliffs) which he found at the Hocken. While researchers use information from the Hocken for a wide variety of purposes this is probably one of the more unusual. It’s good to hear that the Cargill’s Castle Trust may be able to use the model in its’ work towards the preservation of the Castle.