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Time Travellers in Essendon, Flemington and the Keilor Plains



Early Libraries in Essendon and Flemington, Part 1

Early Libraries in Essendon and Flemington, Part 2

Early-Libraries-In-Essendon-and-Flemington Part 3

Sarah Windsor and her life among books  - Essendon Public Library


Hygienic or circulating libraries




The following pages have lists of known circulating libraries.  Thus far the post office directories checked are:

1904, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1925,1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974.  Some other sources used, such as newspapers.


Known local circulating libraries

Ascot Vale Essendon
Flemington and Kensington Moonee Ponds


Examples of books from past libraries in local collections:


Sam Merrifield Library, Community Heritage Collection                                                          

  • As a woman sows, by A G Hales. (1928), Rodgers Circulating Library & Mrs M Parkinson, Lending Library (inside dates 1943-44)
  • It happened in Palestine, by Leslie D Weatherhead. (1936), Stinton’s Hygienic Library
  • Home is the lover,  by Jane England. (1961), Mason’s Original Hygienic Library (1970)                                             
  • Fiance on approval, by Celia Laurence.  (1961), Mason’s Hygienic Library, (inside dates 1962-1974)                                                     
  • Paradise Way, by Valerie Rift. (1966) Flemington-Kensington Public Library (inside dates 1966)                                                    
  • House at Stormy Waters, The. By Catherine Hay (1970), Mason’s Original Hygienic library                                                    
  • The golden Hades by Edgar Wallace. 1935 , RAAF Ascot Vale Lending Library, previously Laby, 128 Flinders St, Melbourne, (inside dates 1929 and 1933-34)                                              
  • Earthly paradise, The.  William Morris  (1872)    Essendon Public Library  
  • Secret tunnel, The : the book of the Mary Field film,  Mary Cathcart Borer. (1950).  Flemington & Kensington Library, Children's Branch                                                  


Essendon Historical Society Collection                                 

  • The Sea Gypsy by Lewis Cox.  (1932) Mrs McLaren’s Queen's Library, Holmes Road, 1930s (Queen’s Library stamp).
  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Stinton's Hygienic Library, Puckle St, 1950s.


Author's Collection

  • The Elusive Quest, by Frances Cowan. (1965)  Mason's Hygienic Library, (lending dates 1965-1968).


Further reading:


Frost, Lenore.  'Dear Reader' in The Newsletter, Essendon Historical Society, Issue No 187, Feb-Mar 2007.


Rogers, Lorraine.  ‘Threepence a book’, in Threepence a Book & Other Stories from Moonee Valley, by Joe de Iacovo & Contributors.  Wingate Avenue Community Centre, 2001. 


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