Dunedin, at the head of the Otago harbour, is a city of dignified charm with elegant Edwardian and Victorian stone, brick and concrete buildings, majestic cathedrals and churches. Private residences with towers and turrets of architectural splendour, cast iron lacework balustrades, ornamental fretwork and finials; old villas and cottages. The city was founded on gold discoveries in Central Otago by sturdy Scottish stock and is known as the Edinburgh of the south. For a time in the 19th century it was the largest city in New Zealand and the commercial capital of the country. Home to New Zealand's first university, the first medical school and teachers' college, it is a university town with a student population of about 20,000. This book gives an insight into a city through the decades: the imposing building facades, hills that rise steeply from the harbour centre, a look back at the city streets showing a city that has largely been saved from the demolition ball of the 1950s and 1960s. Like San Francisco, Dunedin's little cable cars once climbed the hills right up to the stars!
is the author of 20 books including The End of the Penny Section, The Tangiwai Disaster - a Christmas Eve Tragedy, Auckland Before the Harbour Bridge, Around Wellington by Tram in the 20th Century, Wellington - Portrait of a Region, New Zealand - Portrait of a Nation, Napier - Portrait of an Art Deco City, Wellington - The Best Little Capital City in the World , Wellington from Above and Christchurch - A Portrait of Yesterdays. Recently Graham received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to historical research and photography.