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Captain Cook Hotel adaptive re-use

Cook Hotel 1 [Google Street View Nov 2012]354 Great King Street [Google Street View Nov 2012]

### ODT Online on Wed, 5 Aug 2015
Bringing ‘The Cook’ back to life
By Damian George
Patrons will be able to toast the reopening of Dunedin’s historic Captain Cook Tavern by Christmas, the project’s architect says. The venue, a popular jaunt for Dunedin’s student population, was founded in 1860 but closed in June last year. […] Architect Ed Elliott, of Queenstown company Elliott Architects Ltd, said a large emphasis of the refurbishment was placed on preserving the building’s character when design plans were drawn up.
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█ The Cook Hotel is now at 70% seismic strengthening.

Otago Daily Times Published on Aug 4, 2015
Bringing ‘The Cook’ back to life
Patrons will be able to toast the reopening of Dunedin’s historic Captain Cook Tavern by Christmas, the project’s architect says.

Michael Brown established the hotel in 1864. The original “Cook”, a wooden structure, was pulled down in 1873 to make way for a brick and stone building which stands today. The replacement was designed by architect David Ross (1828-1908).

Cook Hotel - Otago Witness 29.11.1873 p19 News of the Week [Papers Past]Otago Witness 29.11.1873 Issue 1148 (page 19)

### otago.ac.nz Otago Magazine Issue 40
Whatever happened to…
The Cook?

There would be few Otago alumni who don’t have some sort of story about The Cook.
Built in the 1870s, The Captain Cook Hotel (to use its full name) has been part of North Dunedin as long as the University of Otago itself, becoming woven into the backdrop of student life.
When word of its imminent closure started circulating in 2013 it is fair to say there was widespread dismay at the loss of what was seen as a Dunedin institution. On the day it closed its doors, in June 2013, people who had not set foot in the pub since they were students made sure they went in to toast The Cook and to share their stories and memories.
Since then the two-storey brick building has been wrapped in a scaffolding cocoon while a transformation takes place. The owners – Chris James, Noel Kennedy and Greg Paterson – are having the building taken back to its original look, right down to the old traditional corner entrance to the downstairs front bar.
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World War I memorial project

North East Valley war memorial [flickriver.com] 1North East Valley war memorial [flickriver.com]

### ODT Online Sun, 4 Aug 2013
Monumental research surprising
By Brenda Harwood – The Star
A labour of love for Dunedin woman Heather Bray is to become part of the official commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 in 2014.
For the past five years, Mrs Bray and her mother Laurel Corbishley have been transcribing names from all the war memorials and rolls of honour they can find in Otago and Southland. These have ranged from large, official war memorials in the region’s cemeteries and public spaces to lists of names tucked away in businesses and schools, and even stained glass windows in churches.

”We are focusing on Otago and Southland because there is such a strong link between the two regions.” –Heather Bray

Along with listing the names, the project involves finding out as much as possible about the soldiers, from where they went to school to where they were killed. ”With a bit of careful work, it is amazing how much you can find out about them as individuals,” Mrs Bray said.
The ultimate goal of the Dunedin Family History Group president was to print a register of the 3000-plus soldiers named on the Invercargill Cenotaph, cross-referenced to other war memorials around New Zealand. The printing of the register, planned for April 2014, is part of the Government’s official World War 1 centenary programme.
”The unique thing about the project is that we are creating an overall genealogical and social history to go with all those names,” Mrs Bray said.
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Anyone who knows of an obscure war memorial or roll of honour, or who has photographs or transcripts from a memorial is asked to contact Heather Bray and the Dunedin Family History Group. Email: dfhg at xtra.co.nz

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Otago postal history

“It’s a record of the postal history of post offices in communities when the post office was the social-contact hub of the community. So it shows the changing lives of our communities.” – Sharon Dell, Hocken librarian

### ODT Online Fri, 16 Dec 2011
Postal history research gift
By Nigel Benson
A postal delivery which took more than 40 years was given a stamp of approval in Dunedin yesterday. More than [70] supporters and staff of the University of Otago’s Hocken Collections attended a function for veteran Dunedin journalist, historian and publisher George Griffiths. Mr Griffiths spent more than half a lifetime deciphering the post code of provincial Otago post offices and recently donated his 84 volumes of research and photographs to the Hocken.
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Carisbrook: Last test at the ground…

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Apr 2009
Rugby: 10,000 test tickets snapped up
More than 10,000 tickets have been sold for the June 13 test between the All Blacks and France at Carisbrook.
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### ODT Apr 25, 2009 (page 37)
Sports Comment: Stadium no panacea for Otago’s rugby ills
By Brent Edwards
It would be foolish to believe the new stadium will be the panacea for Otago’s rugby ills. So much has been made of how rugby in Wellington was rejuvenated by the new stadium that many believe its mere presence will provide a lifeline for the game in Otago. It would be nice to think so, but that won’t necessarily be the case. There was no question Wellington needed a new stadium. Athletic Park was in a state of disrepair.
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### ODT Online Fri, 24 Apr 2009
NZRU tries to allay Cup fears
By Steve Hepburn
A looming deadline for a decision on the future of Super rugby could help the New Zealand Rugby Union to resolve issues with disaffected provincial unions, NZRU chief executive Steve Tew believes.
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