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  • 2016 PMI Short History Prize

    $500 for the winning author and
    $500 for the winner’s nominated historical group.

    The winner of the 2015 Short History Prize is announced!
    Click below to see the Winning Entry Announcement …

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    Recent Additions October 2015

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  • PMI Press Returns in 2016!

    It’s time to dust off  and polish that old manuscript or work on your shiny new one!

    Our next submission date is 29 February 2016.

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Welcome to the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute

Established in 1854, the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute is a community owned and run library specialising in the history of Victoria, Australia. With 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.

In addition to our extensive lending and reference library specialising in works about Victorian history, we organise educational activities including lectures, seminars and competitions to encourage and facilitate the study of history.

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

Monday - Friday9.30am-4.30pm

Saturday 9.30am-1.00pm

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