I am very grateful to the support and advice from my supervisor Associate Professor Alexander Trapeznik and his willingness to take on a digital project.
Thank you to the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Humanities, Professor Tony Ballantyne, who granted permission to undertake this pioneering digital work at the University of Otago.
Special thanks to the Digital Humanities Librarians, especially Chris Seay, who helped me in the early stages negotiate the digital aspect and platforms.
Thank you to the Dunedin City Council staff, Chief Information Officer Tracey Saunders and Digital Services Manager, Jason MacDonald, who financially supported this endeavour and encouraged the development of bringing archives alive with technology. Thanks also to Andrew Dunn who supplied the GIS mapping advice.
Thank you to the technical know-how from the staff at Otago Polytechnic, especially Michael Findlay (who sadly passed away in 2019) and Blair Isbister, Design School and Mitchell Briggs from the IT School. They were instrumental in bringing the virtual reality components to life.
Thank you to my family - my husband Anthony for supporting me giving me time to write in the evenings after work and his patience while teaching me CSS coding and my two children, Olivia and Rylan, who hopefully will see that you can achieve anything you put your mind to!
And finally, to my sister-in-law, Samantha, who encouraged me to take on Masters study and was always so supportive and encouraging but tragically passed away in the months before my completion.
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