A New Reading Public

‘A New Reading Public’ investigates the crucial role mechanics’ institutes played in developing a literary, social and political culture in the gold-rush communities in the Colony of Victoria, from the discovery of gold in 1851 until the federation of the Australian colonies in 1901.

Supported by the Irish Research Council, this project is led by Dr Sarah Comyn at University College Dublin.


Cover Image: ‘Diggers of High Degree’ (1852) by S. T. Gill. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.