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The PMI Library is a community owned and run library specialising in the history of Victoria, Australia. 

We have over 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.

Joining is easy, affordable and open to all.

The PMI is also the home of special collections of the Mechanics’Institutes of Victoria, the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society and the AustralianRailway Historical Society (Vic.).


  • Covers of Australia's Army War Dead (1885-1972) and Genealogical Database of Australia's Travelling Showpeople
    Indexes

    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. This information can be invaluable, for family history researchers in particular.

    The indexes can be found on the library computers under indexes.

Latest News

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Sep 19

New Website Coming Soon!

New Website Coming Soon! We are very excited to announce that we have been successful in obtaining two grants from...
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Image of Greville Street Festival 1975

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Jul 19

New Book: The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran

Media Release The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran by Judith Buckrich Published by the Prahran Mechanics Institute Press,...
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Photo of 1857 Silk Invitation

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Jul 19

Help us restore our original invitation from 1857!

Help us restore a beautiful original silk invitation to the opening of the Prahran Mechanics' Institute building 1857! In 1854...
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