A New Reading Public: Mechanics’ Institutes on the Victorian Goldfields

A New Reading Public: Mechanics’ Institutes on the Victorian Goldfields

The website for Dr Sarah Comyn’s Irish Research Council-funded project, ‘A New Reading Public’, is now live. Please follow the progress of her fascinating research on mechanics’ institutes on the Victorian Goldfields here:

A New Reading Public

Dr Comyn’s first two blog posts provide a look at the devastation caused to mechanics’ institute libraries by fire and a mapping of the transnational lecture series of David Blair:

Goldfields Lecturer: David Blair

Fires at Mechanics’ Institutes

Dr Comyn will continue to investigate MI lecturers, committee members, and library catalogues and books. Stay tuned for more blog posts, publications, and news on her book-length study of mechanics’ institutes in nineteenth-century Victoria and beyond.

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