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    Military History
    The PMI’s military collection covers everything to do with Australian involvement with war. We especially have wide ranging resources on both world wars and we have an in-depth collection of battalion and regiment histories.

    So whether you just want to read works of military history for interest, or whether you want to find out more about a battalion or even a war that an ancestor might have been involved with the PMI has you covered.

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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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