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ERIC Number: EJ991522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9670
"Nobody Dodges Remington": The Free Library Movement and the Achievement of Public Library Legislation in New South Wales, 1935-39
Maguire, Carmel
Australian Library Journal, v56 n3-4 p222-232 Nov 2007
Traces the role of Geoffrey Cochrane Remington, Sydney solicitor and businessman, in free public library development in Australia. Describes how the Munn Pitt Report on Australian libraries and Remington's acquaintance with John Wallace Metcalfe of the Public Library of New South Wales led to the birth of the Free Library Movement in 1935, and shows how the combination of legal expertise, public relations skills, technical knowledge and passion led to the passing of the New South Wales Library Act in 1939. Outlines the involvement of other key figures, including W. H. Ifould, Principal Librarian of the Public Library of New South Wales, George Brain, an accountant and later politician, Ministers of the Crown, High Court judges and politicians. Shows how Remington's legendary powers of persuasion also won over the media, and organisations such as the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, leading one newspaper columnist to conclude that "nobody dodges Remington". (Contains 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia