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 6 Oct 1902 $36,505 $1,078,723
2 Midland Junction Western Australia 2 Dec 1909 $7,300 $207,726
3 Mildura Victoria 23 Jun 1906 $9,825 $279,576
4 Northcote Victoria 13 Mar 1909 $14,610 $415,736
Total $68,240 $1,941,807

Fiji[edit]

There is a single Carnegie library in Suva, Fiji's capital, funded by the philanthropist with a $7,300 grant ($200,307 today) on 13 December 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 2 Dec 1909 $3,880 Demolished in 1978[5]
2 Balclutha Otago 2 Apr 1913 $4,870
3 Cambridge Waikato Carnegie Library Cambridge, 1911.jpg 14 Dec 1908 $4,870
4 Dannevirke Manawatū-Whanganui Former Public Library, Dannevirke, New Zealand (72).JPG 10 Apr 1906 $9,690 Threatened by demolition as of August 2020[6]
5 Dunedin Otago Dunedin Public Library (former), New Zealand1.JPG 19 Sep 1902 $48,700 Moray Place Dunedin Public Library moved to a new building in 1981.
6 Fairlie Canterbury Carnegie Library, Fairlie 241.JPG 31 Jan 1913 $4,875
7 Gore Southland 10 Jul 1907 $9,750 Eastern Southland Gallery
8 Greymouth West Coast Postcard. Town Hall and Municipal Library, Greymouth - Yeadon Photo(grapher). Perkins Stationer, Greymouth. (ca 1910). (21041060353).jpg 5 Oct 1904 $10,967 Destroyed by arson in 1947[5]
9 Hamilton Waikato Hamilton Carnegie Library, 1908.jpg 23 Apr 1906 $9,720 354 Victoria Street, Hamilton Opened 27 February 1908; demolished in 1960[5]
10 Hastings Hawke's Bay 29 May 1905 $12,175 Opened in 1907; demolished in 1931[5]
11 Hokitika West Coast Hokitika Museum 248.JPG 20 Jun 1905 $12,175 Hokitika Museum
12 Levin Manawatū-Whanganui Public library, Levin 1920.jpg 28 Sep 1909 $7,290 Demolished in 1965[5]
13 Marton Manawatū-Whanganui 23 Jul 1914 $6,075
14 New Plymouth Taranaki 13 Feb 1906 $12,150 Demolished in 1957[5]
15 Onehunga Auckland 15 Jul 1909 $9,720
16 Thames Waikato Carnegie Free Library Building In Thames.jpg 7 Jan 1904 $9,760
17 Timaru Canterbury Municipal Offices & Public Library, Timaru.jpg 14 Jun 1906 $21,010
18 Westport West Coast Westport NZ Public Library.JPG 10 Sep 1903 $9,720 Lyndhurst Street, Westport The library moved to a new building in 2003[7]
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 18 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Carnegie libraries slideshow". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Former Carnegie Library's future bleak". Heritage New Zealand. August 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  7. ^ jshaffner (11 March 2013). "Winning Westport". The Librarian is IN. Retrieved 13 October 2020.

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.