The examples shown below give an idea of how the Victorian age with its prosperity, confidence, wealth spread its influence world-wide. The architecture reflected the spirit of the time. In New Zealand’s South Island, in the second half of the 19th. century things were flourishing in Dunedin, chief town of Otago Province. Like Melbourne in Australia Dunedin’s strength was based on gold. Add to that a population composed to a large extent of Scottish settlers, determined to turn around their lives, and you have a real recipe for success! As a result Dunedin with its rapid growth in the Victorian era is still a source of Victorian architecture.
In keeping with good old Scottish traditions education loomed large in the minds of the founding fathers. The buildings of the early structure of Otago University pay tribute to this.