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The Hamilton Literary Society (1889 - )

From
1889
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupations
Arts organisation
Alternative Names
  • Nil Desperandum Society

Summary

The Hamilton Literary Society is the oldest continuing literary society in Australia. It was founded by Lady Teresa Hamilton, wife of the Governor of Tasmania, Australia, in 1889. Originally known as the Nil Desperandum Society, the group met twice a month at Government House in Hobart,Tasmania, to hear papers read by members. From 1892, members of the Society were also members of the Australasian Home Reading Association - which was formed under the auspices of the Literature Section of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, for the purpose of developing a taste for recreative and instructive reading among all classes, and directing home study to definite ends.

Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Hamilton Literary Society, 1935 - 1999, NS1248; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details
  • Hamilton Literary Society/Papers of Mrs Mary Kathleen Burcham, 1928 - 1944, NS 616; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details
  • Itinerants Literary Society, 1896 - 1995, NS 331/1-17; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

Jane Carey

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