Seacliff and Karitāne - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Seacliff

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Seacliff in the Video tab.

The seaside Otago town of Seacliff was the site of a lunatic asylum for almost 100 years. In 1907 former asylum superintendent Truby King, a resident of nearby Karitāne, set up what was to become the Plunket Society – an organisation to support and advise mothers on baby care. Highly successful, Plunket is still active today.

Related web links:
Postnatal and baby care
Babies at a Karitane hospital, 1957
Plunket nurse weighing a baby
North of Dunedin
Mental health services
Frederic Truby King
Janet Paterson Frame

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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