Story: Culture and recreation in the city

Opening of Auckland Public Library and Art Gallery, 1887

Opening of Auckland Public Library and Art Gallery, 1887

On 26 March 1887 Auckland celebrated the opening of its public library with musical items and speeches. Among the speakers was Sir George Grey, whose gift of books and manuscripts formed the heart of the collection. While literate residents anywhere in New Zealand spent many hours reading books, those in the cities had the advantage of libraries and many bookshops.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - Making their own fun', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/25660/opening-of-auckland-public-library-and-art-gallery-1887 (accessed 17 November 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010