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April 2018
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2018 Australian Heritage Festival

Wednesday 18 April - Sunday 20 May

The PMI Victorian History Library will once again be participating in the Australian Heritage Festival. We have expanded our program this year to include more events. The festival will be held between 18 April - 20 May and celebrates Australia's fantastic heritage, history and culture The 2018 Australian Heritage Festival theme is My Culture, My Story celebrating the diversity of cultures that have shaped our shared heritage. The Festival is an opportunity to reflect on the places where we live, work, and…

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Sheds, Shears and Strikes: the Golden Age of Wool 1860-1890

Saturday 21 April | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Hear about the demise of blades shearing and the introduction of the sheep shearing machine in Australia. Exhibiting a collection of blades, shears and historic machines, Dr Donaldson will trace their history and development against the introduction of the Unions in 1888 into shearing sheds, fighting for better conditions for its bush factory workers. The romance of Australian sheep shearing, with its remote woolsheds, pastoral wool–kings, huge sheep stations, immense flocks of sheep and tough bush shearers, has always featured…

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Heritage Walk: Department Stores of Chapel Street

Sunday 22 April | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Join local historian and Mayor of the City of Stonnington, Steve Stefanopoulos on a wander along Chapel Street exploring former department stores big and small. This walking tour will take approximately 2 hours. Cost Library Members, National Trust Members, Seniors/Concession Card Holders $15.00 Non-Members $20.00 Cost includes Trybooking fees and a copy of a book on the history of Chapel Street. All proceeds donated by Cr Stefanopoulos to the PMI Victorian History Library to support the local history collection. This event is run…

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Public Holiday: ANZAC Day

Wednesday 25 April
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We will be closed for the ANZAC Day Public Holiday. The returns chute will be open. Don’t forget, you can also renew your items online.

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Shared Dreams and Destinies: Botanic Gardens of Melbourne and Sydney with Tim Entwisle

Saturday 28 April | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Professor Tim Entwisle talks about the Melbourne and Sydney Botanic Gardens which celebrated their 170th and 200th birthdays in 2016. These are two of the older botanic gardens outside of Europe and demonstrate how beautiful heritage landscapes can display and interpret stunning plant collections. Both gardens stuttered in their beginnings but through the varied influences of directors such as Charles Moore, Ferdinand Mueller, William Guilfoyle and Joseph Maiden, it’s fair to say they exceeded expectations by the early years of…

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May 2018

The Hardy Survivor: Stories behind the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute

Wednesday 2 May | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library (PMI) is the second oldest library in Victoria. It was founded in 1854 and was incorporated under its own act of Parliament in 1899. It is the only mechanics' institute in Victoria still governed by its own Act of Parliament. The Institute has a fascinating history. The library has been continuously providing access to books and knowledge for its members since foundation. It is now a central resource for research into the history…

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Slide Night: Old Melbourne

Thursday 3 May | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Remember when slide nights were all the rage in suburban living rooms across Melbourne? Whether it be Aunty Gladys’ flower and rose slides or Dad’s recording of your trip to Phillip Island. Take a journey back to Melbourne and Victoria of yesterday drawing on slide collections from various sources. Supper in-keeping with the era will be provided. This event is run as part of the Australian Heritage Festival. Cost: Gold Coin Donation  

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Acland Street: The Grand Lady of St. Kilda

Saturday 12 May | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Join award winning historian Dr Judith Buckrich as she talks about her latest book, ‘Acland Street: the Grand Lady of St Kilda’. The book covers 175 years of history (1842-2017) since its naming and through all the ups and downs of its extraordinary social, cultural, architectural and economic history. Acland Street is well known for its rich bohemian, epicurean, artistic and musical past beginning in the mid nineteenth century as the home of some of Melbourne’s most privileged residents, through…

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Coming Up: Library and Information Week: Find Yourself in a Library

Monday 21 May - Sunday 27 May

Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community. We will share details about our events here soon.

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June 2018

Laurie McCalman Presentation: The Surveying Career of William Swan Urquhart

Saturday 2 June | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Join Ken James as he discusses the life and career of Victorian surveyor William Swan Urquhart. Born in Scotland in 1818, Urquhart arrived in Sydney in 1840. Urquhart was a contract and Government surveyor. By 1843 he was working as a contract surveyor in Victoria surveying County boundaries. Often nine months of the year would be spent under canvas in very harsh conditions with meagre rations and sometimes unreliable assistants. In 1853 he was appointed as the senior surveyor on…

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