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History Of Wick Library
1900 – 1930
Dear Sir – I am obliged by your
letter of the 5th inst., and am glad indeed to hear that the Committee
of the Wick Free Library are pleased with the bust of my late father, as
well as the pedestal and inscription. I do not think it necessary, or,
indeed advisable, to have a formal unveiling, but would prefer that the
bust should be set up at once in the place prepared for it.
The grateful thanks of the
Committee were voted to Sir Robert Usher, for his generous gift. The
librarian instructed by the Committee to send an excerpt of the
foregoing minute to Sir Robert Usher.
The pedestal bears the following
George Bain goes to the railway station to pick up parcel, waiting there was a stuffed crocodile. Its takes eight people to transport it to the library.
Committee informed crocodile received from Mr. Bignold arrived on the 25th of January.
Excerpt from the report put in
the Northern Ensign on the 20th August 1919, by the Wick Library
“The Committee desire to note in their minutes the passing away of Mr Andrew Carnegie, of Skibo, who, from his princely donations to libraries in the English-speaking world, occupied a place in the literary world that was altogether unique. Mr Carnegie, since the time the freedom of burgh was bestowed on him the 5th of August 1890, showed a warm regard for the Wick Public Library, and it through his large handsome gifts that Wick has such splendid building in which the books are housed. Only yesterday the latest token of his interest in our institution was received. It is a quarto volume, printed on hand made paper, and is entitled ‘Final Act of Second Pan-American Congress.’ The fame of his name as a munificent giver is world-wide, and his magnificent gifts to the Scottish Universities has made the stuff of knowledge easier than it would otherwise have been for many humble Scottish students.”
Sinclair Gray Wick
1. That you shall be Acting Librarian & Mr George Bain Consulting Librarian.
2. That your whole time shall be devoted to the work of the Library and you shall not absent yourself without leave of the Committee and that you shall perform all duties which may be required of you by the Committee and carry out all instructions which may be given to you.
3. That the Library shall be open and personally supervised by you daily (except Sunday) from ten o’clock a.m. to ten o’clock p.m., excepting the weekly half holiday and other days prescribed by the Committee, and you shall be responsible for seeing that order is maintained in the building and that no noise or disturbance of any kind is permitted.
4. That you shall attend all meetings of the Committee or Sub Committee, take & record the minutes of such meetings and conduct all correspondence with the Library.
5. That you shall keep correct books & accounts in connection with the Library and all sums received by you on account of the Library.
6. That you shall be paid a salary of £2 per week – commenced on 31st Ult., the salary to be paid monthly.
7. That your engagement shall be held to have commenced on 31st Ult., and shall be terminable by one months notice on either side.
George Nicolson Partick
Wm. M. Dickie Huntly
They held a vote for the five candidates with the following results:
Mr. Milligan 8 votes
No votes were cast for the other two candidates. And one spoilt paper. Mr. Milligan not having a clear majority, another vote had to been done this time between Mr. Mackenzie and Mr. Glass, result as follows:
Mr. Mackenzie 10 votes
In the final vote between Mr. Milligan and Mr. Mackenzie the results as follows:
Mr. Milligan 9 votes
Mr. Milligan was duly appointed to the post of Librarian.
1. That he shall be Librarian and have the help of an Assistant.
2. That his whole time shall be devoted to the work of the Library including the Education Authority’s Rural Library and the Museum, and he shall not absent himself without leave of the Committee, and he shall perform all duties which may be required of him by the Committee and carry out all instructions which may be given by them.
3. That the Library shall be kept open and personally supervised by him or the Assistant daily (except Sunday) from 10 o’clock a.m. to 10 o’clock p.m. The hours of attendance of the Librarian and his Assistant including half holidays shall be submitted for approval by the Committee, and the Librarian shall be responsible for seeing that order is maintained in the building and that no noise or disturbance of any kind is permitted.
4. That he shall attend all meetings of the Committee or Sub-Committee, take and record the minutes of such meetings and conduct all correspondence necessary in connection with the library.
5. That he shall keep correct books and accounts showing all sums received and disbursed in connection with the Library, and regularly pay into the Bank account all sums received by him on the account of the Library, The Librarian’s books to be audited monthly as at present.
6. That he shall be paid a salary of £200 per annum, the salary to be paid monthly.
That his engagement shall commence on 1st prox. and shall be terminable by one month’s notice on either side.