List of Carnegie libraries in Oceania

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This is a list of Carnegie libraries in Oceania. Although most of Carnegie's philanthropic efforts were aimed at North America and Europe, a handful of libraries are scattered in other English-speaking areas of the world.

Australia[edit]

City or
locality
State Image Date
granted
[1][2]
Grant
amount
[1][3]
Inflation adjusted amount Location Notes
1 Hobart Tasmania Oct 6, 1902 $36,505 $1,057,101
2 Midland Junction Western Australia Dec 2, 1909 $7,300 $203,562
3 Mildura Victoria Jun 23, 1906 $9,825 $273,972
4 Northcote Victoria Mar 13, 1909 $14,610 $407,403
Total $68,240 $1,902,885

Fiji[edit]

There is a single Carnegie library in Suva, Fiji's capital, funded by the philanthropist with a $7,300 grant ($196,292 today) on December 13, 1907.[1]

New Zealand[edit]

The money for Carnegie libraries in the Dominions (the contemporary term used for former colonies such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa within the British Empire) was administered from New York. Eighteen libraries were provided in New Zealand. The table below details the libraries.[4]

Town Region Image Date
granted
[1][2]
Grant
amount
[1][3]
Location Notes
1 Alexandra Otago Dec 2, 1909 $3,880
2 Balclutha Otago Apr 2, 1913 $4,870
3 Cambridge Waikato Dec 14, 1908 $4,870
4 Dannevirke Manawatu-Wanganui Apr 10, 1906 $9,690
5 Dunedin Otago Dunedin Public Library (former), New Zealand1.JPG Sep 19, 1902 $48,700 Moray Place Dunedin Public Library moved to a new building in 1981.
6 Fairlie Canterbury Carnegie Library, Fairlie 241.JPG Jan 31, 1913 $4,875
7 Gore Southland Jul 10, 1907 $9,750
8 Greymouth West Coast Postcard. Town Hall and Municipal Library, Greymouth - Yeadon Photo(grapher). Perkins Stationer, Greymouth. (ca 1910). (21041060353).jpg Oct 5, 1904 $10,967
9 Hamilton Waikato Apr 23, 1906 $9,720
10 Hastings Hawke's Bay May 29, 1905 $12,175
11 Hokitika West Coast Hokitika Museum 248.JPG Jun 20, 1905 $12,175
12 Levin Manawatu-Wanganui Sep 28, 1909 $7,290
13 Marton Manawatu-Wanganui Jul 23, 1914 $6,075
14 New Plymouth Taranaki Feb 13, 1906 $12,150
15 Onehunga Auckland Jul 15, 1909 $9,720
16 Thames Waikato Carnegie Free Library Building In Thames.jpg Jan 7, 1904 $9,760
17 Timaru Canterbury Municipal Offices & Public Library, Timaru.jpg Jun 14, 1906 $21,010
18 Westport West Coast Westport NZ Public Library.JPG Sep 10, 1903 $9,720
Total $207,397

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Anderson, pp. 94–98.
  2. ^ a b Miller, pp. 21–40.
  3. ^ a b The amounts listed here were mostly granted in British pounds. In general the conversion rate used by the Carnegie Corporation was £1 = $5.
  4. ^ "Carnegie libraries". New Zealand Geographic. Retrieved 2019-02-18.

References[edit]

  • Anderson, Florence (1963). Carnegie Corporation Library Program, 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. OCLC 525904.
  • Miller, Durand R. (1943). Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890–1917. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York. OCLC 2603611.