Since 1980, mention music in Dunedin Ōtepoti, and the conversation will likely be about The Clean, The Chills, Sneaky Feelings or Look Blue Go Purple. But this Story Map shows that Dunedin’s music history goes back well over a century, to when Begg’s was founded in the city. Older generations remember Joe Brown’s dances, Sammys, The Captain Cook, and videos shot in a cemetery, at Lover’s Leap and at Cargill’s Castle. In 2022, young musicians benefit from the generosity of Dunedin born megagroup, Six60.

Click here to see a full-sized version of the map. The map on this page is best viewed on a desktop/laptop/tablet; if you wish to zoom in on any particular location then double-click.

AudioCulture’s tour guide: Amanda Mills, Hocken Library music curator, and AudioCulture writer.


Other story maps on AudioCulture:

Napier Story Map

Hasting Story Map

Nelson Story Map

North Shore Story Map

Flying Nun's Early Years in Christchurch

Album Cover Location Map

Christchurch Story Map

Christchurch Post-punk Story Map

Flying Nun's Early Years in Christchurch 

See also the RNZ documentary Martin Phillipps of the Chills shows us Dunedin's historic venues

The Original Dunedin Sound 1966-1970 by Gordon Spittle