Docking at the mother ship: the meaning of a library

29 November 2016 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Professor Lydia Wevers, Victoria University of Wellington


The Administrator,


There may be a tenuous connection between the Bodleian and a subscription library on a sheep station in New Zealand, but the role of the library across the 19th century evinces the same cultural longings. The Brancepeth Station Library was established in the 1870s and holds in its collections the only copies in any New Zealand library. It has provided a survival mechanism for its readers while the reading patterns illustrate the common marketplace of British and colonial books, and more poignantly, show how strongly the distant readership clings to the textual culture of the 'reading nation' to borrow William St Clair's words, and roots itself around the world.


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