Recently 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, have 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. Also featuring a selection of back stories and associated ephemera, Scarfie Flats will be published in January 2019 through new publishing house, Imagination Press.

Sarah is grateful to be the recipient of a New Zealand History Research Trust Award which has been used to help fund the research.

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Check out the latest media stories about the book.

Bananas Hyde Out

Bananas Hyde Out – Hyde Street (2013)




  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?

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