What Accords The Stables Heritage Significance?
The Stables is one of the original outbuildings behind historic Hazelwood House in Elder St, central Dunedin.
Hazelwood was built by Scottish businessman Sir George McLean in the early 1870s. He was a bank manager, a parliamentarian and Member of the New Zealand Legislative Council. For 32 years he was president of the Dunedin Jockey Club. He owned many successful race horses that were stabled on the property which has been restored for accommodation now known as The Stables.
His wife, Lady Isabella McLean, was a prominent member of Dunedin society played a leading role in the town’s arts scene. She was one of the founders of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and played an important role in the construction of the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum where portraits of her and her husband are displayed.
A significant feature of The Stables is the large cobbled yard. This was laid to stop mud being kicked up by the horses in wet weather.