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  • We are participating in the Australian Heritage Festival and have expanded this year’s program to include more events.

    The festival will be held between 18 April – 20 May and celebrates Australia’s fantastic heritage, history and culture.  The year’s theme is My Culture, My Story celebrating the diversity of cultures that have shaped our shared heritage. The Festival is an opportunity to reflect on the places where we live, work, and travel, and why they are special, celebrating our many diverse and distinctive cultures.

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  • The PMI Library will be closed for the ANZAC Day Public Holiday on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

    The Returns Chute will be open.  Alternatively, you can renew your items online via our the library catalogue.

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  • The Police Gazettes are an underappreciated resource.

    They are one of the many fascinating directories and databases that the we hold.

    These gazettes are a wonderful resource to discover any way a family member or a person you are researching might have come into contact with the law. The police gazettes can be found on the library computers.

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  • The PMI Library has more than 30,000 books for loan and a professional information service for our members, we provide a central resource for research into the history of Victoria.  We hold many titles that are unavailable elsewhere.  It is the only lending collection of its kind in Australia that is available for loan to the general public.

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  • Electronic databases are often overlooked, and the PMI’s collection can provide a myriad of information.

    They range from directories like the Sands and McDougall’s directories which cover addresses in first Melbourne and then Victoria, to hospital indexes, to registries for example cemetery burial registries from a wide variety of Victorian cemeteries, to gazettes for example the police gazette, which covers all sorts of ways that people came into contact with the law. These are just examples of some of these sorts of resources and they can be invaluable as they can give you firsthand primary information.

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Apr 18

ANZAC DAY Public Holiday

ANZAC DAY Public Holiday The PMI Victorian History Library will be closed for the ANZAC Day Public Holiday on Wednesday...
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Apr 18

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute. 1.00pm, Saturday 12 May 2018 AGENDA Apologies. Confirmation of Minutes of AGM...
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Apr 18

Important Carpet Update: Extended Closure

  Due to unforeseen issues with the restretching and repair of the carpet, there has been a delay with moving...
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Mar 18

Library Closure: Monday 26 March – Friday 6 April

| Library Closure: Monday 26 March - Friday 6 April | The PMI Victorian History Library will be closing for...
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Feb 18

2018 Australian Heritage Festival

*2018 Australian Heritage Festival* The PMI Victorian History Library is once again be participating in the Australian Heritage Festival. We...
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Feb 18

Plotting History: Michelle Negus Cleary

*Plotting History: Michelle Negus Cleary* You can now check out the most recent 'Plotting History' post over on our Blog....
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Jan 18

Cato Square Construction/Road Closures

- Cato Square Construction/Road Closures - Construction on the Cato Square project in Prahran starts Monday 15 January 2018 and the...
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Jan 18

EFTPOS and Credit Card payments now available

- EFTPOS and Credit Card payments now available - We have some great news to bring in the New Year. ...
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Dec 17

Reflections on 2017

Reflections on 2017 As the year draws to a close and thoughts turn to summer, Boxing Day cricket and days...
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Oct 17

Prahran’s History on Display: Cato Street Archaeological Dig

Prahran's History on Display: Cato Street Archaeological Dig Earlier this year the Cato Street carpark in Prahran was the site...
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Oct 17

Check out our new Blog

Instituting the Past: The inner mechanics of the PMI Victorian History Library (Blog)  We are very excited to launch our...
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Sep 17

Grant Announcement 

Grant Announcement  We are pleased to announce the successful outcome of our recent grant application as part of the 2017-18...
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Jul 17

2017 PMI Press Publication

2017 PMI Press Publication Where Did All the Blacksmiths Go? by Shirley Xanthos The PMI Press is excited to announce its...
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May 17

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting In accordance with Section 5 of the Rules of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute and...
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Feb 17

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch The PMI Library staff attended the book launch of W.H. Blakeley: pioneer saw maker, farmer &​...
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Feb 17

Volunteer News

Volunteer News One of our dedicated volunteers, John, turned 80 a couple of weeks ago and still came in on...
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Welcome!

The PMI Library is a community owned and run library specialising in the history of Victoria, Australia.

We have over 30,000 books for loan and a professional information service for our members. We provide a central resource for research into the history of Victoria.

Joining is easy, affordable and open to all.

The PMI is also the home of special collections of the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria, the Cinema & Theatre Historical Society and the Australian Railway Historical Society (Vic.).

Opening Hours

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm
Thu: 9.30am-7.00pm

Except for Victorian public holidays and the Christmas-New Year period.

T: 03 9510 3393 or email us here