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Maldon in Mount Alexander (shire), Victoria, Australia
 

Maldon Athenaeum Library 1863

 
 
Maldon Athenaeum Library 1863 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 27, 2005
1. Maldon Athenaeum Library 1863 Marker
Inscription.
The Mechanics’ Institute movement began in British urban industrial centres in the early 1800s. A “mechanic” was a person applying skills and technology. During the 19th century, most towns in Victoria established a Mechanics’ Institute or Athenaeum with a library and meeting hall. Common objects were the "spread of useful knowledge” and provision for “rational recreation” in the community.

This plaque, No. 1 in the MIV series, was unveiled on 21 April 2003 during celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Maldon.

 
Erected 2003 by Mechanic’s Institute of Victoria Inc. (MIV). (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 36° 59.744′ S, 144° 4.064′ E. Marker is in Maldon, Victoria, in Mount Alexander (shire). Marker is on High Street (County Route C282) just from Francis Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 High Street, Maldon, Victoria 3463, Australia.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Porcupine Flat Dredge (approx. 2.8 kilometers away); Guildford Honor Row (approx. 18.9 kilometers away); The Big Tree (approx. 19.1 kilometers away).
 
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Maldon Athenaeum Library 1863 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 27, 2005
2. Maldon Athenaeum Library 1863 Marker
 History ot the Athenaeum and of the Mechanics Institute Movement. The (Mechanics Institute) Movement began in Victoria with the formation of the Melbourne Athenaeum in 1839. The Institutes served as focal points for their communities, offering libraries and reading rooms, opportunities for self education and other attractions such as lectures, meeting rooms, museums, concerts and various games. (Submitted on January 2, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. library
 
Categories. Education
 
 
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