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The future for Carisbrook?

From time to time at What if? there’s been talk about Carisbrook’s status and condition, the location, its importance to South Dunedin and the region, its national and international historical significance as a sports facility, and the future potential of the complex and the site – that we’re doubling up facilities by building another rugby stadium at Dunedin.

In 2008, Carisbrook was added to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Register as a Category 1 historic place. The listing has caused bemusement in some circles, not the least for a number of Dunedin City Council elected representatives pushing the new stadium.

Top NZHPT billing for Dunedin landmarks
New Zealand Historic Places Trust Media Release
30 September 2008
Two prominent Dunedin landmarks – Carisbrook and the Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics’ Institute, which is located in the Octagon – have received national recognition with confirmation of their registration by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT). The NZHPT Board on September 26 approved the Category I registration status, reflecting the special or outstanding historical and cultural heritage significance and value of both places. Read more

NZHPT Register Listing – Carisbrook
Carisbrook, Dunedin’s iconic sports ground, started life as a cricket ground for the Carisbrook Cricket Club in 1874 and, for over 130 years, has been the major rugby and cricket venue for Otago and one of the most significant rugby venues in New Zealand. The ground has served as a base for cricket since 1874 and rugby since 1886. While the majority of the structures associated with Carisbrook are relatively new, as a sporting venue Carisbrook and its associated mythology has outstanding significance in the public imagination and contributes to New Zealand’s national identity. Carisbrook is one of the significant places where the provincial identity of Otago was expressed (including the tough reputation of the ground and the often inclement conditions) and ranks as one of New Zealand’s most significant provincial sporting venues. Read more


In December 2005, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (known as the ‘MCG’ or ‘The G’), home to the Victorian Bushrangers, was added to the Australian Heritage Register, making it a heritage site. Since its inception in 1838, the Melbourne Cricket Club has regarded the preservation and display of its rich heritage collection as paramount. The showcasing of this heritage when hosting visitors and significant events at the ground has given the MCG an enviable reputation.

National Heritage Listing for MCG
Melbourne Cricket Ground media release
26 December 2005
The MCG has been given Australia’s highest heritage honour – inclusion on the National Heritage List – in recognition of its outstanding significance to the nation. Announcing the listing at the MCG today during the Boxing Day Test match, the Treasurer, Peter Costello, said the Australian Heritage Council had assessed the ground as having three key heritage values. They are: 1. its contribution to Australia’s cultural history through strong social links for the sporting community; 2. its key role in the development and history of Australia’s two most popular spectator sports, cricket and Australian Rules football; and 3. its special association with sportsmen and women who have excelled there.
The MCG embodies Australia’s love of sport and its inclusion on the National Heritage List ensures its unique values will be protected for the future.
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Peter Costello’s Doorstop Interview

Australian Heritage Places Inventory – Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was established in 1853 when Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe provided 10 acres of land in Yarra Park to the Melbourne Cricket Club. In the intervening 150 years the MCG has developed into one of the largest, most recognisable and modern sports stadiums in the world. The MCG has become associated with many of the finest sporting achievements of Australia’s, and many of the world’s greatest athletes. It was the site of the 1956 Olympic Games, the first in the southern hemisphere. There is a continuity of use of the MCG for domestic cricket from 1856, international cricket from 1877, and Australian Rules football since the 1880s. Spectator and playing facilities at the ground have evolved to support on-going use and contemporary standards. Of the little remaining pre-1992 fabric, approximately 30% of the wrought iron fence around the playing arena, dating from 1884, is in situ and is a significant aspect of the place. The significance of the MCG extends far beyond that of a mere sports stadium. It is an integral part of the fabric of Melbourne and the nation, and has gained an egalitarian image as ‘the people’s ground’. Read more

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