Scarfie Flats of Dunedin. Available from Paper Plus 18 January 2019

Scarfie Flats of Dunedin. Available from Paper Plus 18 January 2019

In April 2018 the stars aligned and Sarah Gallagher, of the Dunedin Flat Names Project, and Dr Ian Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Otago, teamed up to create Scarfie Flats – a highly colourful and pictorial work featuring a fine, witty, sometimes edgy, selection of Dunedin’s well known and less well known named flats spanning the 1930s to today.

Featuring a selection of back stories of flats, photos and associated ephemera, and chapters by subject matter experts, readers will appreciate the changing scene of student culture and society in Dunedin from the 1930s to the present.

Scarfie Flats of Dunedin, published by Imagination Press, will be available through Paper Plus from 18 January 2019.

Sarah is grateful to be the recipient of a New Zealand History Research Trust Award which has been used to help fund the research of this book over the last 9 years.

The Dunedin Flat Names Project is still ongoing

Students continue to name their flats and there are plenty of stories still to be recorded.

You can contribute content by sharing your story, provide missing details, or send an email to and sign up for publication and launch details!

Check out the latest media stories about the book.



  1. Tyler

    Hey there,

    Just wondering if you’ve ever had the pleasure of looking at Adventure Time at 652 castle street? Was there in 2013 and there’s been some good things to come out of that since then!

    • flatnames

      Tyler, send me details of these good things, and I’d love to know more about your relationship with the name. It’s one of my favourite signs (am also a fan of the cartoon).

    • flatnames

      I do inf=deed, it’s been called The Jungle over the last few years but I remember it as Eltsac Castle when I was a student in the 1990s and for some years after. Did you name it?

  2. Robert Sim

    118 Queen Street was known as ‘The Colony’ with printed t shirts and other screen printed paraphenalia when we were there 1969-1970 as med students. It was then owned by the Director of Religious Broadcasting for the NZBC – we negotiated to paint and carpet and do other repairs after visiting him in Wellington. Do you have more or need more on this flat? We have a few old photos if of any use to this intriguing piece of contemporary history.

    • flatnames

      Hi Robert, thanks for getting in touch. I have no information at all on this flat so am very glad to hear from you. I’m interested to know about the origin and meaning of the name, and what the sign looked like if there was one. I’d be very grateful for any scans you can provide, especially if there is a flat sign involved. Feel free to send this through to (they do need to be high resolution to make it into the book if possible).


    Do you have an entry for 18 London Street, which in the 60’s and early 70’s was called “Skid Row”? In 2015 it was known as “The Orifice”.

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