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The PMI’s military collection covers everything to do with Australian involvement with war. We especially have wide ranging resources on both world wars and we have an in-depth collection of battalion and regiment histories. So whether you just want to read works of military history for interest, or whether you want to find out more about a battalion or even a war that an ancestor might have been involved with the PMI has you covered.
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We have a specialised and often fascinating fiction collection.
We actively collection Australian classics to ensure that they are kept as part of our Australian history collection. We also collect titles from the Stella Prize short list and the Miles Franklin longlist and the Victorian Premier’s Literary awards.
We see Australian literature as a key part of the history of Victoria and Australia. Additionally for lovers of mysteries we have a small Australian mystery collection.> 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