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Quantitative Databases

The Project databases are gradually being made available to the public where no privacy concerns exist around the contained information.

  1. The Caversham Database
  2. The Sites of Gender Database

The Caversham Database

The original Caversham database includes everyone living within the boundaries of Caversham Borough and was constructed to examine patterns of social and geographical mobility, residential differentiation, and their interrelationships. This data was been collected from a number of sources:

Electoral Rolls

1902 Caversham
1905 Caversham
1911 Dunedin, Central, Dunedin South
1914 Dunedin, Central, Dunedin South
1919 Dunedin, Central, Dunedin South
1922 Dunedin, Central, Dunedin South
1928 Dunedin, Central, Dunedin South

Marriage Certificates & Marriage Registers

Registry Marriages 1893-1913. This ends in 1913 because at this date the Registrar stopped entering suburbs. As only a very small proportion chose a civil ceremony we have not tried to enter the rest.
St Peter's Caversham (Anglican) 1881-1937
St Patrick's South Dunedin 1881-1937
St Bernadette's Caversham 1934-1937
Caversham (Presbyterian) 1881-1936
St Kilda Methodist Church Dec 1926 - 1937
Caversham Baptist 1933 -1937
St Kilda Anglican 1918-1944
St Kilda Presbyterian 1911-1915

Stone's Street Directories 1893-1939

Used to determine the occupational status of people by checking for business listings. Also used to provide street addresses prior to their inclusion in the electoral rolls (-1905).

Stone's & Wise's Post Office Directories

The Stone's and Wise's directories have been used to search for residents of Caversham borough prior to their arrival in Caversham or after their departure from Caversham borough for the following years:

1902, 1903, 1905, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1920, 1921, and 1922.

Friendly Society membership records

Druids, Royal Oak Lodge, 1896-1922
Druids, Enterprise Lodge No. 2, 1900-1940
Manchester Unity, International Order of Oddfellows (IOOF), 1907-1940
Unity, IOOF, 1875-1929
St Kilda, IOOF 1910-1940
Linda Rebekah, IOOF (womens' lodge) 1903-1940
Miriam Rebekah, IOOF (womens' lodge) 1894-1940
Foresters, Court of St Andrew, 1896-1940
St Patrick's, 1914-1922
Rechabites, Star of the South Tent, 1911-1919

Death Certificates

for residents of Caversham 1902-1928 (1915-1920 appears incomplete)

Intention to Marry Certificates

South Dunedin and Caversham 1893-1913

Dunedin City Valuer's Private Field Books

for 1912 and 1921

District Valuation Rolls

for 1897 - 1907


The database also contains 'book-keeping' information needed to identify individuals and the coding schemes used to help describe the data.

The following data sets have also been collected but cannot or have not yet been linked to the rest of the Caversham database:


Benevolent Society records, register and case books

for 1895, 1900 and 1905.

Street Directories (Stone's)

for 1900, 1905, 1910, 1915 and 1920.

Trade Directories

for 1901, 1912, 1922, 1929 and 1938.

Infant Deaths

for 1892, 1902, 1912 and 1922.

Telephone Subscribers

for 1910, 1913, 1916, 1919 and 1922.

Housing Survey 1937
Covers some areas (mainly those thought to be of poorer quality housing) in the study area.

School Records
Admission and withdrawal registers for all primary schools, 1901-1929.


The Sites of Gender database

For this project we have constructed a larger database covering all the suburbs of Southern Dunedin, collectively called 'The Flat'. This database consists of over 140,000 records covering around 50,000 individuals. This database was specifically designed to allow interrogation of the meaning and importance of gender as a structural feature of urban society in the early part of the twentieth century. It also increases our ability to analyse the significance of ethnicity.
The new database includes:

Electoral Rolls

  • 1893 Caversham, City of Dunedin
  • 1896 Caversham
  • 1899 Caversham
  • 1902 Caversham
  • 1905 Caversham
  • 1911 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1914 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1919 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1922 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1925 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1928 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1931 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1935 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South
  • 1938 Dunedin Central, Dunedin South

Stone's Trade Directories 1893-1939

Used to determine the occupational status of people by checking for business listings.

Death certificates (1893 - 1938)

For residents of Greater Caversham 1893 - 1938.
The Sites of Gender database was completed in late 1999.

Last updated 4th November 2010.