James Battye

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James Sykes Battye
J S Battye bust at Battye Library.jpg
A bust of Battye located in the
State Library of Western Australia
Born 1871
Died 1954
Occupation
Years active 1894 – 1954
Known for Inaugural chief librarian in Western Australia

Dr. James Sykes Battye (1871 – 1954) was the first chief librarian of the Victoria Public Library in Perth, Western Australia. He was a leading historian, librarian and public figure in Western Australian and also served as a Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.

In 1951, The West Australian newspaper designated him as the Principal librarian and secretary of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia [1]

Battye Street in the Canberra suburb of Bruce is named in his honour.[2]

Biogrpahy[edit]

Battye came to Western Australia from Victoria in 1894 to take up the position which he held until his death in 1954. Although not directly within his professional role, he developed a strong interest in Western Australian history and began collecting material from early in the century.

The J S Battye Library is named in his honour. "Battye" is a local term for the library and also his History of Western Australia volume published at the time of the Western Australia centenary celebrations in 1929.

Published works[edit]

Battye was involved in a number of publishing projects - the Cyclopedia of Western Australia before the First World War, and the History of Western Australia, as well as the commemoration of the state's centenary in 1929 he was incolved in the organising committee.

  • Battye, J. S. (1912). The Cyclopedia of Western Australia: an historical and commercial review: descriptive and biographical facts, figures and illustrations: an epitome of progress (Illustrated edition). 2 volumes. Adelaide: Cyclopedia Company by Hussey & Gillingham. p. 1025. 
The Cyclopedia of Western Australia: an historical and commercial review: descriptive and biographical facts, figures and illustrations: an epitome of progress (Facsimile ed.). Carlisle, W.A.: Hesperian Press. 1985. ISBN 0-85905-072-6. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personal column". The West Australian. 14 November 1951. 
  2. ^ ACT Planning and Land Authority. "Street and Suburb Names - Battye Street, Bruce". Retrieved 8 July 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cyclopedia of Western Australia - has his biography until 1912 at - Vol. 1, p. 532-533
  • Garrick, P. (1984) Two historians and the aborigines: Kimberly and Battye, commentary on their different attitudes. Studies in Western Australian History, No.8 (Dec. 1984), p. 111-130

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter James
Chancellor of the University of Western Australia
1936 – 1943
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Murdoch