Awapuni School, Gisborne
Special places in Gisborne
H.B Williams Memorial Library
The family of H.B Williams were very rich and donated £70,000 which was quite a lot back then. They wanted a memorial to him to be one that would bring the great benefit to the community.
The library was named after him because he adored Gisborne; and the family wanted him to be remembered. He was born in 1868 in Hastings and he died on 3 May 1961
His full name was Heathcote Beetham Williams.
The first library in Gisborne was called Turanga Library and was opened in 1869.
The next library was upstairs in a building on Gladstone Road.
The current library - the H.B Williams Memorial Library- was opened in April 1967 and is a public library run under the direction of Gisborne District Council.