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May 2019

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Glen Eira Historical Society Book Launch: Along the Line

Saturday 18 May • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Come along and help the Glen Eira Historical Society celebrate the launch of “Along the Line: Caulfield to Oakleigh rail stories” – a collection of the ‘day to day’ stories of train travel. The launch will include readings by authors and will be followed by afternoon tea. “Along the Line” records the history of the Caulfield to Oakleigh railway stations, some of which are now lost, along with funny, personal and sometimes surprising stories of train travel. You can find…

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June 2019

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 10 June
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We will be closed for the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday on Monday 10 June 2019. The returns chute will be open.  Don’t forget, you can also renew your items online.

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July 2019

Family History Social Group

Monday 1 July • 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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Melbourne Rare Book Week – The Extraordinary and the Ephemeral: Rare books of the PMI Victorian History Library

Thursday 11 July • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Melbourne Rare Book Week Event! The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute was founded in 1854 and in the last 165 years it has accumulated a collection that not only covers the history of Victoria but contains many hidden gems. Come along as Collections Librarian Ellen Coates takes you through the treasures of the collection. All stories are shaped by the documents that survive to tell them and the PMI is no exception. The tale starts with the letters, ephemera, invitations, dance cards,…

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Decline of the Gaelic Language

Tuesday 16 July • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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A Melbourne Tartan Festival Special Event Dr. James Donaldson discusses the decline in the use of the Gaelic language between 1700 and 1850. The sharp decline in the use of the Gaelic language between 1700 and 1850 was but one consequence of the increased interaction of the Highlands with the vast transformations sweeping Europe and Great Britain at that time. Indeed, it was not only the continuing loss of the Gaelic language from many counties in Scotland, but the transformation…

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Workshop: Scottish Family History

Thursday 18 July • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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A Melbourne Tartan Festival Special Event In this workshop, designed for the beginners as well as for seasoned researchers, Dr. James Donaldson will share experiences of researching family history; to help others and to improve our techniques in opening up the past. There has been an increasing interest amongst Australians of Scottish heritage to discover their roots and cultural background. Many seek to build their family history trees, but even more importantly to “flesh out” the enriching background of their…

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Reading Aloud: Historical Fiction Readings

Thursday 25 July • 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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August 2019

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

Saturday 3 August • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Prahran High School Auditorium, 138 High Street
Windsor, Victoria 3181 Australia
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The World is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran explores 180 years of life in the area from before European settlement to the present day. Mayor of Stonnington and Vice President of the PMI Victorian History Library, Cr. Steve Stefanopoulos, will launch award winning historian, Dr Judith Buckrich’s splendidly researched and illustrated history of one of Melbourne’s most remarkable streets. An exhibition will accompany the book launch. From Monday 5 August, the exhibition will be available to view throughout the month…

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Family History Social Group

Monday 5 August • 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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Victorian History Showcase

Friday 16 August • 10:30 am - Saturday 17 August • 3:30 pm
PMI Victorian History Library, 39 St. Edmonds Road
Prahran, Victoria 3181
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Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August 2019 from 10:30am-3:30pm The Friends of the PMI Library are excited to be hosting this two day history showcase exhibiting a number of historical, family history and special interest societies from around Victoria, as part of the PMI's 165th birthday celebrations.  This event is perfect for students, historians, genealogists and anyone with an interest in history. The Friends have sourced over $400 in door prizes and show bags including a one year subscription to…

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