Dunedin: Scottish settlers cling to home

Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

It was their love of their homeland that caused the early Scottish settlers to reproduce it as faithfully as possible in their new home on the southeast coast of New Zealand. The founding city was called Dunedin, the original Celtic name for Edinburgh, and the streets were named after the streets in the mother city. Dominating the city centre in the “Octagon” is a large statue of Robbie Burns, with pen permantly poised.

The Scottish heritage is still evident including a perceptible Gaelic burr in the local speech and the only distillery outside of Scotland to produce a reasonably authentic Scotch whisky.

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