Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

February 17, 2012

The Leys Institute

Filed under: Buildings,St Marys Bay — paul @ 7:22 am
Leys Institute, St Marys Road

Leys Institute, St Marys Road

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The Leys Institute in St Marys Road was opened in 1905 as a free library, reading room, and mechanics’ institute (adult education in mainly technical subjects). For over 100 years it was a cultural focus of the Ponsonby area. Funded by an endowment of William Leys (1850-1899, a bookbinder by trade, and chairman of the local school committee) with an equal contribution by his brother Thomson Leys (1852-1924, editor of the Auckland Star).

It is still part of the Auckland Libraries, and its meeting rooms are used by community groups.

Commemorative Plaque

Commemorative Plaque


  1. Wonderful architecture – and a lovely blue sky!

    Comment by Sivinden — February 17, 2012 @ 9:07 am

  2. What a wonderful photo and I love to see the clear blue sky!

    Comment by Steffi — February 17, 2012 @ 9:15 am

  3. Great pictures!
    I wish you a Happy Friday!

    Comment by HansHB — February 17, 2012 @ 9:20 am

  4. I’m jealous of your BLUE sky!

    Comment by EG Wow, Canada — February 17, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  5. a brilliant blue sky!

    Comment by Theanne — February 17, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  6. Beautiful architecture.

    Regards and best wishes

    Comment by Tatjana Parkacheva — February 17, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  7. Reminds me, so much of our Andrew Carnegie whose wealth built many libraries in the USA. He built one in the town where I went to school, Greenville, Ohio and it is still there and still a library but has been added to in remodeling several times. Nice post.

    Comment by Abraham Lincoln — February 19, 2012 @ 3:54 am

  8. @Abraham Lincoln: we also have Carnegie Libraries in this country. Liz at Timespanner describes the Onehunga (former) Carnegie Library as one of twelve in New Zealand. See her post :

    Comment by paul — February 20, 2012 @ 8:25 am

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