Caversham is one of the older suburbs of the South Island New Zealand
city of Dunedin. It is sited at the western edge of the city's central
plain at the mouth of the steep Caversham Valley, which rises to the
saddle of Lookout Point. Major road and rail routes south lie nearby;
the South Island Main Trunk railway runs through the suburb, and a
bypass skirts its main retail area, connecting Dunedin's one-way street
system with the Dunedin Southern Motorway. The suburb was founded by
wealthy pioneer William Henry Valpy, and its name reflects his
Berkshire heritage. It grew rapidly during the Central Otago Gold Rush
of the 1860s due to its location on routes south to the Otago
hinterland. By the end of the 19th century, Caversham was heavily
industrialised, and its population included many skilled or
semi-skilled tradespeople. This, combined with the community's strong
Protestant roots, led to the area's generally left-leaning political
stance. It is currently administered as part of the city's South
Dunedin ward. At a national level, it is part of the Dunedin South
electorate. Caversham is now predominantly residential, with some
industrial premises in the east (notably the Hillside Railway
Workshops) and a retail district centred on South Road and Hillside
Road. Caversham has strong sporting connections, and is the location of
Carisbrook, one of the city's main sports venues.
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