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  • The PMI Library is opening on Saturday 29 October 2016 from 10am-4pm to help celebrate the Victorian Seniors Festival.

    On the day the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society will present a lecture ‘The Sense of Occasion: How things have changed at the movies’ and the Friends of the PMI Library will be hosting their second book sale.

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  • Dr. Judith Buckrich will be giving the second of her Shining a Light talks at the PMI Victorian History Library.

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  • The PMI Library will be closed for the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.


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2016 Victorian Community History Awards

Thursday, 20/10/2016

PMI would like to congratulate the winners of the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards.

In particular, we would like to congratulate Pam Baragwanath and Ken James who were the overall prize winners for ‘These Walls Speak Volumes’ and our Vice President, Judith Buckrich who was the recipient of the Local History – Small Publication Award for ‘The Village of Ripponlea’.  Read more…

Announcement: 2016 Short History Prize Winner 

Tuesday, 18/10/2016

The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute would like to congratulate Neville Lee from the Camberwell Historical Society for his entry The Story of Ashburton Through the Ages.

This year’s winner is a well-researched and detailed description of the development of this little known area of greater Melbourne. Interestingly told with detail of the wider history as well as what happened locally, it is also well illustrated with maps and photographs.

The author receives $500, a certificate and a PMI voucher and the nominated historical society also receives $500. Read more…

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