I finally picked up a copy of Carl Shuker’s novel, The Lazy Boys, set in 1994. While delighted to find the main characters live in a named flat at 126 Dundas Street called Strangeways (named for the Smiths final studio album, Strangeways here we come) I was simultaneously riveted and repelled by the book. I was my 3rd year at Otago at the time the book was set. It brought back memories.
Carl is currently writing a screenplay of the book. Here’s article by the Timaru Herald about him.
Reading up about Sneaky Feeling’s song Husband House, inspired by a flat named Huband House on Hope Street in Dunedin, back in the 1980s.
Sneaky Feelings, Husband House, 1985. (17 on NZ singles chart)
“Sneaky Feelings, ‘Husband House’ single also on Positively George St best of. Sneaky Feelings were one of the earliest Dunedin / FN bands. The song is from the point of view of a woman from a flat where the six women were going out with the six guys at a flat called “Huband House”, which, of course was named “Husband House”. Ref.
Went to pick this up from the library today but I’d misread my email and went too late to collect it.
“Students. In the 60s they burnt US flags; in the 70s they burnt bras; and in the 90s, in Dunedin, they started burning couches. Idealism was replaced by nihilism.” Read more from the Listener.
Yesterday I had a phone call from Judy at Archives NZ, who administer The Community Archive. She’s been travelling the country talking with community groups about The Community Archive and how to use it. Judy said she’s been using the very small offerings of the Dunedin Student Flat Names Archive in her presentations and would like more images uploaded, as soon as possible.
We’re going to hook up for a coffee next week when she’s in town to talk about how best to use this tool. Thanks for being such an advocate of the project Judy!
The Open Hole, Scott Eady (2002)
This is one of the signs Scott Eady made as part of his Francis Hodkins Fellowship that was inspired by the student flatnames in Dunedin. It currently for sale at City Art Rooms.