But it has not always been smooth sailing. During the late 1970s and 1980s the Kytherian Brotherhood tried to set up and run a Social Club in Regent Street Chippendale. The failure of that experiment was a low point in the history of the association as the building’s upkeep was a constant drain on the association’s finances. The Chippendale building was eventually sold and successive committees set about looking for a suitable investment property that also allowed the Association to create a library and resource centre.
In 2009 the Association made an astute investment when it purchased a small commercial building at 24 King Street Rockdale destined to become the New Kythera House. With solid rental income but also an upstairs area that was vacant, the possibilities were endless. And so it was that in February 2012 after a substantial and inspired renovation the Association’s new Hellenic-themed library and cultural resource centre was finally unveiled.
The Roman philosopher Cicero commented that to add a library to a house is to give that house a soul. Our new library, named the Nicholas Anthony Aroney Library in honour of the great benefactor, will house a rich collection of books, manuscripts, articles, newspapers, artefacts, memorabilia and other items that will serve as a valuable inheritance for generations to come. For our library is more than just a room full of books. It is a place of contemplation; a centre for research and learning where our history, our sense of being, comes to life. It is indeed a library for the soul.