In the days of rare public library access, Schools of Art played an important role in the cultural life of the city during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The city’s reading culture could be said to have started at the North Brisbane School of Arts.
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The North Brisbane School of Arts was established in 1849 and its first premises were located on the corner Queen and Creek Streets. The School of Arts provided a library for members, conducted public lectures, and organised classes in a wide variety of subjects. The lending library was a major activity of the School of Arts.
Cleary, James T. The North Brisbane School of Arts, 1849-1899, The University of Queensland, Department of History, B.A. Hons. Thesis , 1967
Shaw, Barry; Metcalf, William James. (ed) Brisbane: Training, Teaching and Turmoil: Tertiary Education 1825-2018, Brisbane History Group, Salisbury, Qld, Boolarong Press, Moorooka, Qld, 2018.
The first North Brisbane School of Arts Building, ca. 1877. Photographer: Tissington, G. A. Archive: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. [https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12662487]