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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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Clunes Booktown Festival 2018

Saturday 5 May | 9:00 am - Sunday 6 May | 3:00 pm
Clunes, 14 Service St
Clunes, Victoria 3370 Australia
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We're heading to the Clunes Booktown Festival 5-6 May 2018 this weekend and we're bringing a van load of quality, second hand and brand new books with us. You can download a copy of the booklist below to browse titles we will have available for sale.    

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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 are running a number of events to celebrate Library and Information Week.

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Short Story Competition: Flash Fiction

Monday 21 May | 8:00 am - Sunday 10 June | 11:59 pm

Do you love to write? Would you like the chance to win $500? Write a story of 500 words or under, themed around finding something in a library. It can be yourself, a book, an object, a story, whatever you like. Be creative! The winning entry will be published in our newsletter. We are fortunate to have Australian author Eliza Henry Jones as a judge for this competition. Eliza is the author of In The Quiet (shortlisted for the Readings…

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How you can use your DNA results when creating a family tree

Monday 21 May | 10:15 am - 3:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Have you had your DNA tested and would like to create your family tree but are unsure where to start? We can help! This session will educate you in creating a family tree using Ancestry.com as an example of how you can use your DNA results to gain greater knowledge about your ancestry. This is a hands-on day, where can start creating your family tree with the assistance of experience tutors. IMPORTANT INFORMATION You will require an Ancestry subscription in…

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Ancestry.com Basics

Monday 28 May | 10:15 am - 3:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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FREE
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Do you have a subscription to Ancestry.com but would like to learn more about how to find information about your ancestry? Come along to this hands on workshop where experienced tutors will assist you in how to best use Ancestry.com in your family history research. IMPORTANT INFORMATION You will require an Ancestry subscription in order to research your own family history during the session. Please bring along your own laptop. If you do not have an Ancestry account or do…

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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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Free
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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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Public Holiday: Queen’s Birthday

Monday 11 June
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We will be closed for the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday. The returns chute will be open. Don’t forget, you can also renew your items online.

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