Still in use today the Literary Institute was built in 1888 by William Affleck as a cottage for rent. As recorded below, in 1897 he donated it to the village’s Mutual Improvement Society which used it as a library and reading-room known as a School of Arts.
A Literary Institute was first established in Gundaroo in 1894. Whilst there were some facilities in
existence by 1895, the visit by the Minister for Education in 1897 to the Gundaroo Library
and Reading Room so impressed him, he promised to grant ten shillings for every pound
subscribed to assist in paying for books and periodicals; and further, if the members thought
of building a place, he would give a pound for every pound subscribed.
As the premises at that time were rented, Mr William Affleck gave a half acre of land in the
main street in the centre of town, Cork Street, and fifty pounds as a start to a subscription list
for building purposes. The Goulburn Evening Post, reporting this generosity on Saturday 23
January 1897 stated
If this liberality is followed up in anything like a worthy manner, with the Government
subsidy those interested ought to erect a building worthy of the object and place.