Dunedin in History

Historical Events

  • 1848-03-23 The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
  • 1882-02-15 SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand for Britain with the first cargo of frozen meat.
  • 1973-02-10 Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 v NZ Dunedin
  • 1980-02-13 NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin

Famous Birthdays

  • 1891-12-25 Clarrie Grimmett, cricketer (in Dunedin Great Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1914-12-25 James Fletcher Jr, New Zealand industrialist (Fletcher Construction), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1929-04-25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1943-04-22 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (NZ Test umpire on international panel), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • 1947-05-06 Alan Dale, New Zealand born actor (Neighbours), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1963-02-21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer, born in Dunedin
  • 1965-10-26 Ken Rutherford, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman & latterly capt), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1975-04-21 Danyon Loader, New Zealand 200m and 400m swimmer (2 Olympic gold medals 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1975-05-26 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976-09-10 Gregory Robert Henderson, 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976-11-12 Scott Mark Cameron, 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand