Swan River Mechanics' Institute

Perth, Australia

Swan River Mechanics' Institute

Established on 21 January 1851, the Swan River Mechanics' Institute was the Swan River Colony's first cultural centre. In time it was to house an extensive and well-used subscription library and a natural history collection including botanical, zoological and mineral specimens. In 1909 it was renamed Perth Literary Institute. The institute was located on the south-west corner of Pier and Hay Streets in Perth.


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