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Larnach Castle in Dunedin

Intervening Years

1899 - 1967  "A Castle in Decline"

Larnach Castle has had many owners between the Larnach Family and the current Barker Family. The Castle has had many uses, as a lunatic asylum, a hospital for shell-shocked soldiers and a nuns' retreat. The Ballroom was once even used as a sheep holding pen!

1900

Auction of furniture and chattels.  Used as a holiday retreat for nuns.

1906    

Government buys Castle for 3000 pounds.  Castle then used as a hospital for mental patients and for shell-shocked soldiers.

1918

Castle vacant - suffered much theft and vandalism.

1927    

Mr Jackson Purdie purchased the Castle and spent a large sum of money restoring buildings and grounds.  The Castle became a showplace filled with antiques.  Electricity connected.

1939    

Mr Purdie, with failing health, decides to sell - no interest - so contemplates demolishing the building and selling the materials.

1940    

Castle goes to auction; bought by Mr Armstrong for 1250 pounds.

1941    

Sold to Mr Stedman.  During WW2 over 80 US soldiers billeted here.

1959    

Mrs Empson purchased the Castle.

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