Benjamin the Library Cat in Auckland, New Zealand


If you were fortunate enough to visit the Auckland pre 2017, you may have found yourself in Devonport, a quaint community at the southernmost point of it’s north shore. As you step off the ferry, amongst the shops, cafes and restaurants you’ll find the Devonport Library. If you were so curious you may have entered and if so, no doubt would be delighted to meet Benjamin the library cat.

 

Benjamin resided at the library for over a decade, but was known for wandering the town, visiting the bank and chemist also. His true calling was library sciences, so he was typically found sleeping on the shelves or the photocopier. His original owners could not keep him contained to their yard, he would frequently show up at the library backdoor, where staff would feed him treats. Until 2002 when Benjamins owners and the library came to an agreement.

 

He delighted locals and tourists alike. He once survived being hit by a car and a broken sternum and was featured in Benjamin’s Book of Library Fun, by comic artist Arthur Whelan.

 

Sadly Benjamin met his end on the mean streets of Devonport while napping in the gutter and was run over.

 

The distraught community of Devonport raised funds to erect a bronze statue in honor of their community cat. It sits in front of the library and is frequently dressed up for holidays.





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