Humble library holds rich history


It may be humble, but Patearoa’s library is 125 years old. Locals led by blacksmith Tom Tate raised funds for a library in 1895 and books were stored in the librarian’s house, but as the collection grew it was moved to the building in Chirnside Tce which hadbeen used as a school and church. This simple corrugated-iron building was later moved next to the hotel and was used as a store. The library committee was faced with erecting a new building, but had only 14 shillings (about $75). Local builder Owen Cambridge offered to construct a new library (again in corrugated [...]