Kōrero: Religion and society

Laying the foundation stone, Dunedin Lyceum, 1881

Laying the foundation stone, Dunedin Lyceum, 1881

From the 1880s Dunedin had an organised group of freethinkers, nearly all of them male. This photograph shows the laying of the foundation stone of their own building, the Lyceum, on Dowling Street in 1881. The president of the Dunedin Freethought Association was the lawyer and politician Robert Stout.

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John Stenhouse, 'Religion and society - Secularism, gender and politics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/28399/laying-the-foundation-stone-dunedin-lyceum-1881 (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by John Stenhouse, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018