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Book - The Confessions of a Beachcomber

From the Collection of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village 89 Merri Street Warrnambool Victoria

The Confessions of a Beachcomber
Author: E J Banfield
Publisher: T Fisher Unwin
Date: 1910
Further Information: Scenes and incidents in the career of an unprofessional beachcomber in tropical Queensland. First Edition 1908 Second Impression 1910
H 20.6 x W 14 x D 4.2 cm
Object Registration
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The Pattison Collection, along with other items at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, was originally part of the Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s collection.

The Warrnambool Mechanics’ Institute Collection is primarily significant in its totality, rather than for the individual objects it contains. Its contents are highly representative of the development of Mechanics' Institute libraries across Australia, particularly Victoria. A diversity of publications and themes has been amassed, and these provide clues to our understanding of the nature of and changes in the reading habits of Victorians from the 1850s to the middle of the 20th century. The collection also highlights the Warrnambool community’s commitment to the Mechanics’ Institute, reading, literacy and learning in the regions, and proves that access to knowledge was not impeded by distance. These items help to provide a more complete picture of our community’s ideals and aspirations.

The Warrnambool Mechanics Institute book collection has historical and social significance for its strong association with the Mechanics Institute movement and the important role it played in the intellectual, cultural and social development of people throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The collection of books is a rare example of an early lending library and its significance is enhanced by the survival of an original collection of many volumes.
The Warrnambool Mechanics' Institute’s publication collection is of both local and state significance.
Inscriptions & Markings
The label on spine cover with typed text RA 919.43 BAN
Pastedown front endpaper has a sticker from City of Horsham Free Library
Front loose endpaper has a stamp from City of Horsham Free Library
Last updated
21 Aug 2019 at 12:30PM