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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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May 19

It’s Our Birthday!

Today the PMI turns 165. On the first of May 1854 a meeting was held in Prahran,  the rules for...
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Apr 19

Reminder: RSVP Annual General Meeting

The PMI Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday 16 May 2019 at 7:00pm.  We request that members arrive...
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Mar 19

2019 Flash Fiction Competition Open

Our 2019 Flash Fiction Competition is open and this time we have two categories. After the huge response to our...
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