Overnewton was part of the Yorkhill area in the West End of Glasgow, located roughly across the road from the grounds of the Kelvingrove Museum. It is currently unknown if this group was associated with the Overnewton Public School on Lumsden Street, or the Emmanuel Congregational Church, which was located on Overnewton Square. (For more information on the Overnewton Public School, see the entry for ‘Kelvin School for the Partially Sighted‘ on The Glasgow Story website).
The information on this club comes from the group’s own newspaper — or rather, their magazine, as members called it — that was written by and for the members (see ‘Additional Notes’ below).
The club met weekly on Saturday evenings to hear talks about an eclectic range of subjects, as per the norm with literary societies in the nineteenth century. In addition, there was a political debate, a ‘Hat Night’ — wherein members drew topics from a hat and had to speak extempore for a set amount of time — and a social evening on the syllabus between January and March 1901.
Date of Existence
Source of Information
The Overnewton Whisper, No. 2, 26 February 1901
Mitchell Library Special Collections
Mitchell (GC) CD f072 91445 OVE
See also entry for The Overnewton Whisper on our sister website, Literary Bonds.