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  • 2016 PMI Short History Prize

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

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  • National Family History Month Seminar

    Family History Basics for Budding Family Historians.

    Our National Family History Months are designed for beginner genealogists.


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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

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

Thu: 9.30am-7.00pm

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