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Celebrating 170 years, noting many a change

On the first of May in the year 1854, we proudly proclaimed our existence during a public gathering. Before the establishment of the town council, the PMI Victorian History Library had already begun its journey, unfolding across three cherished locations. Fast forward...

Interviewing Robyn Annear: CORNERS OF MELBOURNE

Robyn Annear is author of eight books of history, including Bearbrass, A City Lost & Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Adrift in Melbourne and, most recently, Corners of Melbourne: The great orange-peel panic & other stories from the streets. She appeared...

Support Victoria’s Second Oldest Library

Here at the PMI Victorian History Library Inc. we are entirely independent and not for profit. This means that we receive no regular government funding and rely on the generosity of our wonderful members, supporters and friends to continue doing what we do. As...

Meet Our Newest Board Member Carmel O’Keeffe

Carmel O’Keeffe joined the PMI Victorian History Library board in May, following her nomination by Museums Victoria (MV), - where she is the General Manager of Digital Life - a role that sits at the convergence of museums, technology, and media. Carmel’s team at MV is...

Current Books For Sale

Prahran Mechanics' Institute Press publications: Valuable steps: a history of physical education in Victoria / Garry Powell, 312p, $35 Beginnings: a brief account of some of the first Europeans to explore or settle in Victoria / Frank Hutchinson, 122p, $15 Design for...

Library Staff

Lauren Joffe (Chief Librarian) Ellen Coates (Collections Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator) Evangelia Praresti (Administration Assistant) Jade Koekoe (Library Marketing Officer) The library staff are supported by casual staff and volunteers The PMI Victorian History...