Borrowed Charles Darwin book returned to Camden Council Library in Australia after 122 years

By on Jun 22, 2011 in Amazing, Australia, Lifestyle Comments

A first edition copy of a Charles Darwin book was returned to Camden Council Library in Sydney, Australia 122 years after it was borrowed.

Charles Darwin book returned 122 years

Charles Darwin book Insectivorous Plants
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As noted at Australian news sites on Monday, June 20, 2011, a Charles Darwin book was borrowed from the Camden School of Arts lending library last January 30, 1889 and was only returned earlier this month.

Apparently, the book entitled “Insectivorous Plants” First Edition was said to have been returned by the University of Sydney to the said library which is now called Camden Council Library.

As reported at Macarthur Chronicle, the book was kept for 50 years and was among the personal collection of retired University of Sydney veterinarian Ron Hyne, who donated it to the university.

As told to reports by Dr. Hyne, the book was given to him in the 1950s either by fellow veterinarian from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), or by Hector Geddes, a former University of Sydney professor.

Interestingly, Camden Council Library services manager Kathryn Baget-Juleff told reports that the overdue fee for the book was estimated to reach $35,000 in today’s money but noted that it will not be implemented.

Meanwhile, Camden Council Library community services manager Linda Campbell was quoted at Telegraph saying that the book will still be available for public reading but will not be lend anymore.



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