"Leys Institute" Top 5 Page for this destination Ponsonby Tip by keeweechic

Ponsonby, Auckland: 9 reviews and 8 photos


The Leys Institute has been in Ponsonby for what seems forever. I visited this library as a child many many times. The history dates back to William Leys (Chairman of the Ponsonby School Committee) who in the late 1800?s was concerned about boy s loitering on the streets and not receiving the benefit of education. His vision was to build a library to encourage recreational reading and learning. When Leys died in 1899, funds from a bequest he made was donated to build the Leys Institute. His brother also donated money to the library which was then opened in 1905. There was a gymnasium added in 1906 which resulted in funds donated by a local resident William Mason. The family of William Leys have been heavily involved in the running of the library over the years. In 1964 the Institute was handed over by the Leys family to the Auckland City Council.

Address: 20 St Marys Bay Road, Ponsonby
Phone: 09 360 9301
Website: http://www.aucklandnz.com/discover/ponsonby

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  • Written Jan 15, 2005
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