Photograph, Opening of Athenaeum; Blackley, Geo; 1897; WY.0000.42.1


Photograph, Opening of Athenaeum

About this object

An Athenaeum is a private library where members are charged an annual subscription fee that provides them with ready access to books, periodicals and live readings. Their establishment was solely dependent on the raising of private funds and this was particularly difficult in rural communities as farms, businesses and civic organisations were often still in a developmental stage.

By 1895, after many fundraising events and donations, the Wyndham Athenaeum committee had collected enough money to purchase 150 new books and to draw up plans for the proposed building in Balaclava Street, Wyndham, next to the Post Office. Their efforts culminated in the opening of the building by James Milne on the 21 June 1897, and was the main event of the gala celebrating Queen Victoria's Jubilee.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Wyndham


Blackley, Geo

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on reverse 'WY Ena Sinclair'
Yellow sticker on mount: '308'
Added in pencil: 'WY.0000.42.1'


h 200 mm x w 240 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Events and Parades

Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper
organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper, cardboard

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Public Domain Public Domain

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