The Mechanics(1) Institute was once common in many towns and in some regards was the forerunner of the modern day public library. The first Mechanic's Institute was created in Glasgow (Scotland) in 1821. The first Australian version was established in Hobart (Tasmania) in 1827.


In any town that wanted a place for people to debate, discuss and improve themselves mentally, a Mechanics Institute was established. Here, those who could read, would gather to read newspapers and other informative sources of information.


With no television or radio the Mechanics institute provided people (especially in remote towns) an opportunity to stay up-to-date with world events.


There are still some Mechanic's Institutes operating in the world today with the majority of surviving institutions in Australia (but sadly none in W.A.)



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