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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 17

Grant Announcement 

Grant Announcement  We are pleased to announce the successful outcome of our recent grant application as part of the 2017-18...
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Jul 17

2017 PMI Press Publication

2017 PMI Press Publication Where Did All the Blacksmiths Go? by Shirley Xanthos The PMI Press is excited to announce its...
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May 17

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting In accordance with Section 5 of the Rules of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute and...
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