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  • Event: “Sodomy”

    A tangental exploration of the dark swamps of Prahran (Thursday 7 February, 7pm)

    The PMI Victorian History Library makes its 2018 Midsumma Festival debut.

    Presenter, Cam Knuckey will paint you a twisted picture of the historical underground of Prahran.

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  • Sport is an integral part of Australian and Victorian culture and so remains a key part of our collection.

    We have sporting biographies and resources about most sporting codes and clubs, as well as a significant number of individual histories about small town sporting clubs. These resources list all players and are a celebration of the culture of the town, often containing photos.

    Image: | Date(s): c1596 | Creator: Fraser, Arthur Gordon, photographer.
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  • We collect and index journals from all historical societies in Victoria. Indexing means that every relevant historical article in these journals is fully searchable on our catalogue. These journals cover an astounding array of minutia from their communities’ histories and there is nowhere else this sort of information is available. It is the small scale of history that is not covered in books and in more general resources.

    We also hold general interstate journals from society’s such as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Genealogy Society’s, the Art Deco Society, the Journal of Australian Ephemera and Newsrail.

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  • Did you know the PMI Victorian History Library has a Blog?

    This blog has monthly Plotting History segments which highlight how members use the library and give a fascinating insight into their research. We have everything from professional historians, to fiction writers, to architects and family historians. It promises to be a panoply of the past!

    We also post member and staff book reviews.

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  • Do you follow us on our Facebook or Twitter page?

    We regularly share what’s happening around the library along with other fun and interesting history related information.

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    Don’t forget to hit ‘Follow’ 🙂

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



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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.).

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