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Adam Hunter and Hamilton Staff, 1911

Laying of cornerstone, 1 August 1911

Adam Hunter was selected as chief librarian at Hamilton Public Library in July 1904. He had previously worked in the stationery and book trade. During Hunter's early years, a small Barton Street branch began operation and open access to book stacks was encouraged. When Andrew Carnegie promised $75,000 in 1909, plans for a new central library were developed. On 1 August 1911, the cornerstone for the library was laid. Hunter, together with library staff, were present for the official ceremonies and this picture is believed to have recorded the occasion. Hunter continued at Hamilton until his retirement at the beginning of 1922. He died a few months later on 4 May 1922.

Photo caption: Adam Hunter and Hamilton library staff, 1 August 1911
Photo source: Hamilton Public Library
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