An Antipodean Appreciation of William Lauder Lindsay (1829-1880)
19 June @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
‘If we have been extinguished, yet there rise a thousand beacons from the sparks we bore’: An Antipodean Appreciation of William Lauder Lindsay (1829-1880)
by Dr. Warwick Brunton (Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago)
In 1861-2, Dunedin received a fascinating, yet enigmatic, visitor. Come and hear Dr Brunton speaking about Scottish psychiatrist and scientific polymath Dr Lauder Lindsay who spent three months in Otago during a year’s leave from work
In his talk, Dr Brunton will discuss why Lindsay’s meteoric life still fascinates scholars. Northern hemisphere writers have tended to critique his research streams on cholera and animal psychology. Antipodean scholars, especially in Dunedin, have emphasised aspects of his practical professional and scientific agenda to develop natural resources, institutions and policies in Otago and New Zealand.
Lindsay’s investigations into Otago’s botany, geology, mental health services, natural resources, science and education made him an advocate for forest conservation, acclimatisation, university, museum, hospital for mental diseases, and environmental sanitation in Dunedin.