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Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood

Canterbury Catholic Library Society

Canterbury Catholic Library Society.

This Society was founded about three years ago, and grew out of the Catholic Young Men's Society. It originally held page 102its meetings in the old Presbytery, in Barbadoes-street, and continued there till (the accommodation being found too limited) it moved to its present rooms at the corner of Madras and Lichfield streets. The rooms are open, and the librarian in attendance, every evening; but the regular meetings are held on Mondays, when original papers are read, lectures delivered, and debates held. There are also classes for instruction in various subjects, including French and higher mathematics. Occasional social evenings are held, at which short plays and farces are performed, varied by readings and songs. The Society, which is mainly supported by members' subscriptions and the proceeds of entertainments, is managed by a spiritual director, the Rev. Father Bowers; President, Mr, E. O'Connor; vice-President, Mr. P. Leahy; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr. Scanlan; Librarian, Mr. Baxter; and a committee. Admission of members is by ballot. The library is a very good one, and consists of between 800 and 900 volumes.