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July 2019

Family History Social Group

Monday 1 July • 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Do you enjoy friendly conversation and family history? The Friends of the PMI Victorian History Library run a monthly family historical social group. Come along and share your knowledge and skills with other group members in a friendly and supportive environment, while making use of the many resources available at the PMI Victorian History Library. The group meets on the first Monday of each month, 1-3:30pm. Whether you are just starting out with your family history research or have many…

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Melbourne Rare Book Week – The Extraordinary and the Ephemeral: Rare books of the PMI Victorian History Library

Thursday 11 July • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Melbourne Rare Book Week Event! The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute was founded in 1854 and in the last 165 years it has accumulated a collection that not only covers the history of Victoria but contains many hidden gems. Come along as Collections Librarian Ellen Coates takes you through the treasures of the collection. All stories are shaped by the documents that survive to tell them and the PMI is no exception. The tale starts with the letters, ephemera, invitations, dance cards,…

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Decline of the Gaelic Language

Tuesday 16 July • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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A Melbourne Tartan Festival Special Event Dr. James Donaldson discusses the decline in the use of the Gaelic language between 1700 and 1850. The sharp decline in the use of the Gaelic language between 1700 and 1850 was but one consequence of the increased interaction of the Highlands with the vast transformations sweeping Europe and Great Britain at that time. Indeed, it was not only the continuing loss of the Gaelic language from many counties in Scotland, but the transformation…

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Workshop: Scottish Family History

Thursday 18 July • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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A Melbourne Tartan Festival Special Event In this workshop, designed for the beginners as well as for seasoned researchers, Dr. James Donaldson will share experiences of researching family history; to help others and to improve our techniques in opening up the past. There has been an increasing interest amongst Australians of Scottish heritage to discover their roots and cultural background. Many seek to build their family history trees, but even more importantly to “flesh out” the enriching background of their…

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Reading Aloud: Historical Fiction Readings

Thursday 25 July • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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This is a collaborative event between the Prahran Mechanics Institute Victorian History Library and the Historical Novel Society Australasia Melbourne Chapter. If you don’t know about either organisation, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn. Come hear local historical fiction authors read from their latest works. A featured author will read for up to 15 minutes followed by an ‘open mic’ for audience members to read for up to 5 minutes from their own writing or a snippet from…

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September 2019

Public Holiday: AFL Grand Final Eve

Friday 27 September
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We will be closed for the AFL Grand Final Eve Public Holiday. The returns chute will be open. Don’t forget, you can also renew your items online.   Image: The National football game for 2, 3, or 4 players . courtesy of State Library Victoria (www.slv.vic.gov.au) Creator: Melbourne : National Game Co.

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November 2019

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 November
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We will be closed for the Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday 5 November 2019. The returns chute will be open.  Don’t forget, you can also renew your items online.

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