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July 2019

Photo of 1857 Silk Invitation

Help us restore our original silk invitation from 1857!

Tuesday 16 July • 8:00 am - Thursday 12 September • 5:00 pm

Help us restore a beautiful original silk invitation to the opening of the Prahran Mechanics' Institute building 1857! In 1854 Prahran Mechanics’ Institute was established after meetings convened by Rev William Moss, for the Mental and Moral Improvement and Rational Recreation of its Members, by means of Lectures, Discussions, Library, Reading Rooms, Classes, Museum, Philosophical Apparatus etc. The PMI Library was first established at the schoolroom of Prahran’s first church, then at a large room in Chapel Street made available…

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August 2019

Collage of image of Greville Street over the years

Exhibition – The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran

Monday 5 August - Friday 30 August
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Throughout August, we are hosting this free exhibition which accompanies award winning author/historian, Dr Judith Buckrich's new book, The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran,  which explores 180 years of life in the area from before European settlement to the present day. Throughout the nineteenth century, Greville Street was the centre of civic activity in Prahran, containing the town hall, courthouse, police station, public library and fire station. The railway station provided easy access to these institutions and the…

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September 2019

Family History Social Group

Monday 2 September • 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Do you enjoy friendly conversation and family history? The Friends of the PMI Victorian History Library run a monthly family historical social group. Come along and share your knowledge and skills with other group members in a friendly and supportive environment, while making use of the many resources available at the PMI Victorian History Library. The group meets on the first Monday of each month, 1-3:30pm. Whether you are just starting out with your family history research or have many…

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People viewing Hearts of Gold Exhibition at Stanley Athenaeum

EXHIBITION – Hearts of Gold: Minds of Mettle

Friday 6 September - Friday 27 September
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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This exhibition, curated by the Stanley Atheneaum explores the stories and achievements of women who settled and developed the high country community of Stanley in Northeast Victoria in the nineteenth century. Hearts Of Gold: Minds Of Mettle gives voice to the remarkable migrant women who arrived, settled and made a new life in the rough and tumble world of the goldfields. It tells of their achievements, and the ways they found to make a living, support their families and serve…

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Reading Aloud: Historical Fiction Readings

Thursday 19 September • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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This is a collaborative event between the Prahran Mechanics Institute Victorian History Library and the Historical Novel Society Australasia Melbourne Chapter. If you don’t know about either organisation, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn. Come hear local historical fiction authors read from their latest works. A featured author will read for up to 15 minutes followed by an ‘open mic’ for audience members to read for up to 5 minutes from their own writing or a snippet from…

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Public Holiday: AFL Grand Final Eve

Friday 27 September
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We will be closed for the AFL Grand Final Eve Public Holiday. The returns chute will be open. Don’t forget, you can also renew your items online.   Image: The National football game for 2, 3, or 4 players . courtesy of State Library Victoria (www.slv.vic.gov.au) Creator: Melbourne : National Game Co.

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October 2019

Family History Social Group

Monday 7 October • 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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**Please note an excursion has been arranged for this Family History Social Group meeting. To register your interest in the excursion, please contact us.*** Do you enjoy friendly conversation and family history? The Friends of the PMI Victorian History Library run a monthly family historical social group. Come along and share your knowledge and skills with other group members in a friendly and supportive environment, while making use of the many resources available at the PMI Victorian History Library. The…

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November 2019

Family History Social Group

Monday 4 November • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Family History Social Group Image

Do you enjoy friendly conversation and family history? The Friends of the PMI Victorian History Library run a monthly family historical social group. Come along and share your knowledge and skills with other group members in a friendly and supportive environment, while making use of the many resources available at the PMI Victorian History Library. The group meets on the first Monday of each month, 1-3:30pm. Whether you are just starting out with your family history research or have many…

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Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 November
Illustration of jockeys and horses

We will be closed for the Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday 5 November 2019. The returns chute will be open.  Don’t forget, you can also renew your items online.

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December 2019

Family History Social Group

Monday 2 December • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Family History Social Group Image

Do you enjoy friendly conversation and family history? The Friends of the PMI Victorian History Library run a monthly family historical social group. Come along and share your knowledge and skills with other group members in a friendly and supportive environment, while making use of the many resources available at the PMI Victorian History Library. The group meets on the first Monday of each month, 1-3:30pm. Whether you are just starting out with your family history research or have many…

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