A tangental exploration of the dark swamps of Prahran (Thursday 7 February, 7pm)
The PMI Victorian History Library makes its 2018 Midsumma Festival debut.
Presenter, Cam Knuckey will paint you a twisted picture of the historical underground of Prahran.> read more
We will be closing early on Friday 7 December 2018 for a staff function.
The library will be open from 9:30am and will close at 12:00pm.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
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We will be closed during the holiday period from 12pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on at 9:30am on Monday 7 January 2019.
The PMI staff and Committee wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
The returns chute will be open should you wish to return items during this period. You can also renew your items online at http://library.pmi.net.au/
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We hold a variety of indexes ranging from Australia’s Army war dead, to Victorian mining accidents.
These indexes provide primary resources, the footsteps of real people that get lost in the broader narrative of more general histories.
They can be invaluable, for family history researchers in particular.
The indexes can be found on the library computers under indexes.> read more
The core of the PMI’s collection is its selection of books on individual towns in Victoria and wider Australia. We hold books on the vast majority of towns in Victoria and a growing collection of books in interstate towns. Histories of towns and institutions within towns, such as churches and schools, not only give an excellent impression of what the town was like, they also often include information on the townspeople and institutions. The PMI is the only institution that is actively collecting these resources to ensure that the history of Victoria and interstate towns are preserved.
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Did you know the PMI Victorian History Library has a Blog?
This blog has monthly Plotting History segments which highlight how members use the library and give a fascinating insight into their research. We have everything from professional historians, to fiction writers, to architects and family historians. It promises to be a panoply of the past!
We also post member and staff book reviews.> read more
The PMI Library has more than 30,000 books for loan and a professional information service for our members, we provide a central resource for research into the history of Victoria. We hold many titles that are unavailable elsewhere. It is the only lending collection of its kind in Australia that is available for loan to the general public.> read more
Electronic databases are often overlooked, and the PMI’s collection can provide a myriad of information.
They range from directories like the Sands and McDougall’s directories which cover addresses in first Melbourne and then Victoria, to hospital indexes, to registries for example cemetery burial registries from a wide variety of Victorian cemeteries, to gazettes for example the police gazette, which covers all sorts of ways that people came into contact with the law. These are just examples of some of these sorts of resources and they can be invaluable as they can give you firsthand primary information.> read more