If you’ve ever visited a place you’ve previously read about in a book then you’ll know that it adds a special something to your experience of the physical space – much like reading about a place after having visited it causes you to recall you impressions and experience of being there.
Mapping places mentioned in books is, in fact, a thing, and The Great Map of New Zealand Stories is doing it here. So if you’re interested in reading about a particular area, check out the map, zoom in and connect with a story in a book which will give you an insight into that place. The addresses for each of the main stories from Scarfie Flats in Dunedin has been mapped in The Great Map of New Zealand Stories.
On Saturday 11 May, 1-2pm, Ian Chapman and I will be discussing Scarfie Flats of Dunedin with the wonderful Aaron Hawkins who wrote a stunning chapter in the book.
Can you fill in the blanks?
While I’ve collected details of flat names and address for over 500 flats which you can see on the flats map, I do have a list of named flats where details are missing. I’ve heard about these flats from a variety of sources: memoirs, emails, facebooks posts…
In order to map a flat I need an accurate address (even if that street doesn’t exist anymore, like with Hobbit) and to see patterns of naming over time I need to know the decade that flat was present in.
How you can help
If you have any details about any of the following flats, please do email me at flatnames[at]gmail.com mentioning the flat by name and any details you remember.
I’m very fortunate to have been accepted, along with 9 others, as a recipient of the 2011 New Zealand History Research Trust Fund from Ministry of Culture and Heritage. This is going to be enormously helpful in finishing the research for the book, and in particular, fund the purchase of images to illustrate it.
My greatful thanks to the Ministry for this opportunity.
Last night I put out a last call for stories and photos that can be contributed to the book I’m writing about Dunedin’s named student flats.
There’s been a bit of a rush on photo tagging which is always good to see, and for me, it means I have a way of getting in touch with people who knew these flats and may have a tale to tell.
The flats tagged in the last 24 hours are: Pink Flat the Door, The Debacle, The Bach, The Cahnaging Rooms, The Dog Box, and Moe’s. Check out the photos on the Facebook Group http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/group.php?gid=7181752690.
Good luck to those sitting exams – go well!
I’m going to be in Dunedin next week sifting around taking photos of flats and doing some research for the book. If you’re around and in a named flat, it’s be very cool to get a pick of you outside your digs. If you’re interested, message me on Facebook or email@example.com. Otherwise I might just see you in the ghetto.
Here’s the podcast from this mornings interview with Kathryn Ryan about the flat names project.
I’ll be having a chat with Kathryn Ryan about the flat names project.
Posters and reprints of flat photos are here! The poster shows all the flats that featured in the recent exhibition, My Flat Your Flat Our Place. Check ‘em out.