Story: Hotels and motels

Dunedin hotels, 1861–1865

In the 1860s the South Island gold rush brought large numbers of immigrants to mining regions. They needed somewhere to stay, and often somewhere to drink. Hotel numbers rose quickly. This map shows the burgeoning number of hotels in central Dunedin between 1861 and 1865.

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Source: R. P. Hargreaves, Barmaids, billiards, nobblers and rat-pits: pub life in goldrush Dunedin, 1861–65. Dunedin: Otago Heritage Books, 1992, inside back cover.

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Paul Christoffel, 'Hotels and motels - Hotels in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 July 2020)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 11 Mar 2010