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Books for Sale

The following books are available for sale at the PMI. Members receive 10% discount. Books can be posted, but to PMI members only.

Please note, the PMI does not have credit card facilities available. All sales are cash only.

Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Press publications:

  • Valuable steps: a history of physical education in Victoria / Garry Powell, 312p, $35
  • Beginnings: a brief account of some of the first Europeans to explore or settle in Victoria / Frank Hutchinson, 122p, $15
  • Design for living: a history of ‘Prahran Tech’ / Judith Buckrich, 276p, $35 
  • Frontier French Island / Ruth Gooch, 317p, $50
  • No shops in Acland Street: the autobiography of an entertaining lady / Helene Jacoby Swieca, 203p, $29.95
  • Buildings books and beyond: Mechanics’ Worldwide Conference 2004, 430p, $20

Prahran Historical & Arts Society books:

  • History of Prahran 1836-1924 / J.B. Cooper, 372 p, $65
  • Discovering Prahran area one / Betty Malone, 51 p, $7
  • Discovering Prahran area two / Betty Malone, 59 p, $7
  • Discovering Prahran area three / Betty Malone, 72 p, $11
  • Discovering Prahran area four / Betty Malone, 72 p, $11
  • Discovering Prahran area five / Betty Malone, 72 p, $11
  • Discovering Prahran area six / Betty Malone, 56 p, $11
  • Discovering Prahran area seven / Betty Malone, 68 p, $11
  • Discovering Prahran area eight / Betty Malone, 68 p, $11

Prahran Historical Series:

  • No.1 Early Prahran 1850-1863 / Betty Malone, 24 p, $7
  • No.2 Toorak as I knew it 1900-1930 / James Paxton, 36 p, $7
  • No.3 Pioneer and hardy survivor: the Prahran ‘Mechanics’ since 1854 / L. B. McCalman, 36 p, $7
  • No.4 Chapel Street Prahran part one 1834-1918 / Betty Malone, 72 p, $7
  • No.5 Chapel Street Prahran part two 1919-1984 / Betty Malone, 80 p, $7
  • No.6 Church, community and change: religion in Prahran 1836-1984 / Jill McDougall, 88 p, $7
  • No.7 A record of Rose Street / Marion Dadswell, 68 p, $7
  • No.8 Across the slate: Prahran’s schools 1850’s-1985 / Jane Chatham, 80 p, $7
  • No.9 Prahran’s pubs 1852-1988 / Betty Malone, 88 p, $7
  • No.10 Policeman’s paradise / Peter Aldred, Charles Cox, Ralph Stavely, 84 p, $7
  • No.12 Bonds of care: Elizabeth Fry Retreat and its founders / Betty Malone, 117 p, $7

Other Books:

  • Warrandyte: the Community with a Heart of Gold / Murray Houghton, 300 p, $40
  • The pride of Prahran: a history of the Prahran Library 1860-2010 / Stella M. Barber, 152 p, $25
  • Two squatters: the lives of George Playne and Daniel Jennings / Martin J Playne, 409 p, $35
  • Exceptional Australian garden makers / Anne Vale, 198 p, $40
  • These walls speak volumes: a history of mechanics’ institutes in Victoria / Pam Baragwanath and Ken James, 704 p, $80 (2016 Overall winner – Victorian Community History Award)
  • Ubiquitous and necessary : Australia’s mechanics’ institutes and schools of arts etc : a research guide / Pam Baragwanath and Ken James. 696 pages. $50.
  • The Political is Personal: a Twentieth Century Memoir / Judith Buckrich, 405 p, $30)
  • The Village of Ripponlea / Judith Buckrich, 76p, $30 (2016 Local History Small Publication Award – Victorian Community History Awards)

 Secondhand and Ex-Library Books for Sale – Members Only

We have a huge number of second hand and ex-library books available for sale. Keep an eye on this page for news of our next members’  book sale.