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What’s On at PMI Library

The PMI has an annual calendar of educational activities relating to the history of Victoria which are all free of charge and open to the public. Subscribe to our newsletter to see what’s coming up at the PMI or look at our past events page to see a list of speakers and topics covered in past years. On this page:

Library & Information Week

Celebrate Your Family History: Family History Lesson

Monday 22 May 2017, 10:30am

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Find out how you can get organised and save time and money when researching your family history. Wendy and Jane will also walk you through various websites including Ancestry, the State Archives and Trove and give you tips on how to make good use of the Victorian History Library and search the catalogue.

See examples of various items such as family history charts and decorative boards.

  • Suitable for all levels of interest in family history
  • Refreshments Provided (Tea, Coffee, Biscuits) | BYO Lunch
  • Free Wifi

Program

Session 1 (10:30am)
  1. Getting Organised
  2. Free Online Resources
  3. Physical Resources
Session 2 (12:45pm)
  1. Further Resources
  2. Question and Answer time
  3. Summary

Where:

William Mason Room, PMI Victorian History Library

What Should I Bring?

  • Note book, Pen
  • Laptop (optional) – fully charged, as power points may not be available. Free WiFi is available.
  • Lunch – You are welcome to make use of the PMI Victorian History Library Tea Room or William Moss Room if you wish to bring your lunch from home. Alternatively, there are many cafes within walking distance.

Please note you are welcome to bring a recording device should you wish to record the information for future reference.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Please note bookings open Monday 1 May 2017 at 12PM

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Bruce Turner Presentation

Railway Hotels of Victoria with Scott Whitaker

Saturday 13 May 2017, 2:30pm

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In the early days, Railway Hotels (along with Terminus, Junction and Station) were quickly established to service the railway construction workers, or navvies.

Some publicans stayed in the new town, others moved on with the navvies to the next camp. Some existing hotels were renamed to celebrate the arrival of railway communication, and some were moved to a new site nearer the railway station. Inevitably, the Railway Hotel was the haunt of the local railway workforce.

There was once over 600 Railway Hotels in Australia, but by the 1920s many had gone. Some had been burnt down – deliberately or otherwise – or even leveled by an earthquake or washed away in a flood.

Join Scott Whitaker, author of Railway Hotels of Australia for an informative and entertaining talk about the history of Railway Hotels in Victoria for our 2017 Bruce Turner Presentation.

This talk will be of great interest to local historians, rail enthusiatsts, researchers, genealogists and those interested in hotels and the past.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

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This event is also presented as part of the 2017 National Trust Australian Heritage Festival.

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Visit the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival website.


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