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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE)

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The entity now known as NMIT was formed in 1988 through the amalgamation of Preston College of TAFE and Collingwood College of TAFE. The new entity was called Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE. In 1996, the name was changed to Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE and, in 1999 the acronym NMIT was adopted.
From modest beginnings as a technical school in Collingwood in 1912, NMIT has grown to become the largest provider of vocational and technical education in Melbourne’s north with current course enrolments exceeding 65,000.
NMIT is located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It has six metropolitan campuses located at Preston, Collingwood, Epping, Fairfield, Greensborough and Heidelberg and a rural campus at Ararat.
There are also six training centres Northern Lodge – Eden Park, Northern Lodge - Yan Yean, Yarra Glen Racing Centre, Northern AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program) Centre in Broadmeadows, Growling Frog Vineyard and NMIT Kyneton Park.
Collingwood Technical School
In the early years of the 20th century adequate technical education was lacking and became a focus in the Victorian Parliament. After much debate and discussion among politicians and educationalists, the 1910 Education Act No 2301 was passed, making possible the establishment of new technical schools to address the dearth of skilled trades people.
In July 1912 Collingwood Technical School opened in the modified bluestone buildings at 35 Johnston St, originally built in 1853 as the Collingwood Town Hall and Court House.
Within three weeks, there were 57 boys enrolled - studying preliminary carpentry and pattern-making, plumbing, engineering, sheet iron work and bricklaying. They attended two hours a night on three evenings a week.
In 1913, the school opened its doors to juniors and took residence in new permanent buildings erected on the site. It was classified as a trades school by the State Education Department. Two years later courses in electrical wiring and electrical and mechanical engineering were introduced.
Over the next 75 years, the school expanded with new extensions and courses as education assumed a much greater significance in society.
In 1916, during World War 1, the school was used to rehabilitate returned soldiers and a Returned Soldiers Training Scheme began.
In 1931, during the Depression, classes started for unemployed youths and by 1935, the junior school had 788 enrolments, the biggest of any metropolitan technical school. The total enrolment was 1769.
In 1970 the school was renamed Collingwood Technical College following the introduction of 'middle-level' engineering courses. Then in 1976 Certificates of Technology were introduced and the college assumed responsibility for high school evening classes at University High School as part of TAFE operations. In 1981 the college changed its name to Collingwood College of TAFE.
Preston Technical School
In the mid-1930s the idea of establishing a second technical school in the north of Melbourne resurfaced. Seizing the initiative, Preston Council provided land in St Georges Road and Northcote City Council also offered money. In 1937 the new school Preston Technical School opened with 385 male students and twenty-one staff. Demand for technical education in the north grew, and within three years, the school had outgrown its buildings and spilled over into temporary quarters.
By the end of World War II, students were also being taught in classrooms at four state schools in Preston and Northcote. While wartime had halted new construction, after 1945 building restarted and in 1947, a workshop block was opened for teaching carpentry and joinery, fitting and machining, plumbing and gas-fitting.
By 1949, there was a request to educate girls in the technical area. It was seven years later that the Girls' Technical School opened in Cramer St. with up to 500 students. As well there was a push for the establishment of a diploma school offering tertiary courses in engineering and science. By 1951, Preston was the biggest technical school in Victoria, with 893 boys enrolled.
During the 1960s the college grew and developed. In 1966, the college council applied to affiliate the Preston Diploma School with the Victoria Institute of Colleges, and study programs increased rapidly. By 1977, more than 100 courses were offered and a decade later, the college had a student population of almost 17,000 prior to amalgamation.
NMIT is now accredited to deliver over 500 nationally recognised qualifications and more than 400 Institute accredited courses in everything from accounting to equine studies, childcare to commercial cookery, fitting and turning to floristry and beauty therapy to meat processing. These study programs are delivered by six faculties – Earth Sciences, Further Education, Business Hospitality and Personal Services, Building and Construction, Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering – across seven campuses and six specialist training centres throughout the northern region of Melbourne and country Victoria.
NMIT now encompasses a broad course range that transcends the days of carpentry, plumbing and sheet metal, with programs that include pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor degrees. There are also articulated pathways to university studies and NMIT hosts a large cohort of international students as well as delivering programs with 25 partner institutions throughout Asia.
Finally, perhaps one of the most significant aspects of NMIT’s development is the links the Institute has forged with industry and the community which still permeate NMIT today. It is one of NMIT's greatest strengths that students are taught by teachers who are directly involved with and work in the industries in which they are teaching, and courses are designed to meet the needs of industry and business in the region.
Source: NMIT Centenary Project
http://www.nmit.edu.au/centenary/

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77 St Georges Road Preston VIC 3072 (map)

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The NMIT Archive Centre was established in 2012 as part of the Institute’s centenary celebrations with a view to bringing together a repository of documents, images, reports, plans, recordings and artefacts of enduring historical value which record the history of NMIT and the various educational institutions upon which it is based. Its collection ranges from 1912- and includes handbooks and prospectuses, annual reports, inspector reports, principal's reports, program reports, account books, building plans, student and staff manuals, student and staff photographs, newspaper cuttings, recordings of events such as openings of new buildings or campuses.

Clare K. Gervasoni 12 August 2013 12:29 PM

Hi NMIT crew, Can you send me an email? I'd love to communicate with you since we have such similar collections. I'm going to look for some NMIT related items in my collections. Have you got any Ballarat School of Mines items in yours? Clare - c.gervasoni@ballarat.edu.au

George Abraham 3 August 2015 5:45 PM

to contact the welding section

Ian Wallace 19 January 2018 10:26 AM

I have copies of 1949, 1950 and 1951 Preston Technical School annual magazine in good condition. Would a historical society like to have them?

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637 items

637 items

Photographs: Preston Technical School 1987 Classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Colour photographs of Preston Technical School Classes of 1987

Book: The Tech: a centenary history of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1987 - The Tech: a centenary history of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1987

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Hardcover book of 495 pages with black and white photos covering the history of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Wirtten by Stephen Murray-Smith and Anthony John Dare. and published in South Yarra, Vic. by Hyland House, in 1987.

Spiral Bound reports: NMIT Epping Campus Student Centre Architectural reports 2008-2009 - Spiral Bound reports: NMIT Epping Campus Student Centre; Architectural reports 2008-2009

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Four Spiral Bound reports on NMIT Epping Campus Student Centre/Library. One A4 size Developed Schematic Design Report by Brand Architects March 2008. Three from Paul Morgan Architects: one A4 size Post Value Management Developed Sketch Plan Report March 2009; one .A3 size Design Development Report May 2009; one 14 page Feasibility Study Report December 2009.

Photograph: PTS Staff 1950

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of the Preston Technical School staff of 1950. Principal Beanland is in centre front, and the other staff in the front row are named in Beanland's book A Lifetime in Technical Education p.54. Left to right they are: A.Rae, J.Barberis, C.Blacker, C.H.Beanland, G.Hamilton, A.Treweek, H.Smith.

Handbook: Manual for Short Course Curriculum Development - Manual for Short Course Curriculum Development [1987]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size bound booklet written by Richard Morton for Preston College of TAFE, date unclear but probably 1987.

Newsletter: Library bulletin NMCOT 1991-1998

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Folder of A4 size Library bulletins, numbered 31 to 88.

Handbook - CTS - Collingwood Technical School Handbook 1970-1971.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Individual annual volumes. Paperback. Each volume contains handbook for that year. 1970X2; 1971X2.

Historical information

The Handbook for Collingwood Technical School outlines the courses available and lists some staff and others associated with the school in each year. Individual volumes from 1970 to 1971. Prior to 1970 the Handbook was known as the Prospectus. Collingwood Technical School was renamed Collingwood Technical College in 1972.

Significance

The official record of CTS courses for the years 1970-1971.

Plaque - MTSSA Perpetual Trophy - Girls Squash (Winter)

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Laminated wood grain plaque with 22 labels. 4 labels have been engraved.

Historical information

This trophy was presented to the winning team in the MTSSA girls squash competition in the late 1970s ad early 1980s. Winners engraved onto trophy are Preston Technical School and Fawkner Technical School.

Significance

Nmaes of members of the winning team have been engraved onto the trophy.

Inscriptions & Markings

On large label at top of plaque :"M.T.S.S.A. Perpetual Trophy - Girls Squash (Winter) "; 4 smaller labels are engraved with the nameon the winning school, date and names of participants.

Book: The Barrier Range: a journey to Broken Hill, Ray Liversidge, 2006

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 220 pages of Poetry and Prose by Ray Liversidge. Full title is The Barrier Range: a journey to Broken Hill: Burke & Wills. Published by Flat Chat Press, NMIT in 2006. ISBN 1921142030

Film Splicer: Bolex 16mm Cement Film Splicer

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

The Bolex 16mm cement film splicer was introduced in 1965. It allowed each end of the film to be scraped to a bevelled edge and cemented together to create a flat splice. Cutting and scraping blades were built into the device; single-side sprocket guides accepted both double and single perf 16mm film http://www.bolexcollector.com/accessories/edit60.html Accessed 29 May 2013 In its original package

Minutes of NMIT Council meetings 1989-2007

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Typed Minutes of Council Meetings of the Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. 1989-2007. Continued by the Minutes of Board meeting from 27 August 2007 to 26 October 2009. Minutes from 2008 are also online on the staff intranet.

Manual: Programs Manual NMIT - Programs Manual 1997. NMIT.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

White loose leaf binder with blue insert in front cover. Contents include documents relating to internal organisation, policies and procedures of Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Historical information

This folder contains documents relating to internal organisation, policies and procedures of Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology. It includes organisational flowcharts and procedures for enrolment and planning of recurrent and customised programs and courses.

Significance

This manual provides a snapshot of the responsibilities of both the organisation and staff in the 1990s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed insert in front cover indicates that this manual was from the Library Loans Desk.

Booklet - NMIT - Guidelines for Homestay Students 2003.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

8 page booklet copied on pale blue paper.

Historical information

Homestay students 'board' in an Australian home and this booklet lays down reasonable guidelines about what can be expected.

Minutes - CTS - Minutes of Council of School Activities. Collingwood Technical School. 1937-1950.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black exercise book with green spine binding.

Historical information

The Council of School activities dealt with matters pertaining to student welfare, from the seats provided in the school grounds to tuck shop and school caps.

Significance

Details the activities within the school, including those teachers who were involved.

Inscriptions & Markings

All entries are handwritten.

Report: Educational outline I.D.Scott Collingwood Technical College 1974

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound report with pale blue soft cover and CTC school logo on top left-hand of cover, written by I.D.Scott in October 1974. A second edition revised May 1975 also held. This later edition is spiral bound with a yellow cover. Reports on programs, classes, physical facilities and administration of Collingwood Technical College.

Report: Collingwood College of TAFE Goals and Objectives (interim) 1988 - Report: Collingwood College of TAFE Goals and Objectives (interim) 1988

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Nineteen page report with salmon coloured cover. Spiral bound. Dated September 1987.

Book: Editing matters; writing matters, ed by Barry Carozzi, Julie Johnson, 2005

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 74 pages edited by Barry Carozzi and Julie Johnston and published by Flat Chat Press, NMIT in 2005. ISBN 0975720252

Photographs: Preston Technical School 1983 Classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Coloured photographs of Preston Technical School 1983 Classes. Quality of photos is not good, not sharp images

Booklet 'Camp Westlake Collingwood Technical School:...' written by Principal J.F. Barberis

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklet of 15 pages with gold cover, A4 sized. Title: Camp Westlake Collingwood Technical School: an experience in country life at Buxton North East Victoria (62 miles)' written by Principal J.F. Barberis (undated but possibly around 1970-1971). Also 6 page booklets on Camp Westlake in English, Greek, Serbo-Croation, Spanish and Turkish. Also photographs of buildings and students at the camp. Also Programne for Official opening of Alex & Doris Cowmeadow wings Camp Westlake, 14/11/71.Two-sided white with black text. On cover the CTC logo and black and white photo and the words: 'COLLINGWOOD / TECHNICAL COLLEGE / OFFICIAL OPENING / of / ALEX & DORIS COWMEADOW WINGS / CAMP WESTLAKE / by / W.J.WHITE, Esq. / College President / 14/11/71'. On reverse is the Programme. Also folder of correspondence regarding Camp Westlake dated 12 May 1969 to 7 November 1971

Historical information

Camp Westlake was built by Collingwood Technical School in 1967 and was officially opened on 22 September 1968. The camp was built by staff and students of the school with finance from various school sections and from materials donated by interested people and firms. It is named after Mr. F.R.Westlake and Mrs. Westlake who were staunch workers for the school. (From J.F.Barberis}

Report: Life skills and TAFE programs in Victoria, TAFE Board, 1985

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size report, aqua cover and various pagings, written in 1985. The primary aim of this project was to report to the TAFE Board, Victoria on the implementation of life skills material into mainstream vocational education at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), with parallel emphasis on implementation models for statewide courses. The report is divided into 3 parts. Part A attempts to define the notion of life skills that developed from the work of Dr Stewart Sharlow’s ‘TAFE and basic life skills’, TAFE Services, Victoria, 1982 and the ‘Audit of TAFE middle level and technician humanities subjects,TAFE Services, Victoria, 1982. As a result of these publications a conference ‘Life Skills and the TAFE Practitioner’ was held in October, 1983 at Preston College of TAFE in Victoria with the aim of seeking a definition of the term life skill with regard to curriculum developments and classroom teaching. This report draws on these events and a number of programs developed or piloted in Victoria that are relevant to the issue. The report focuses on: 1. Work and Engineering Programme (RMIT,1984); 2. Diploma of Architectural Technology (RMIT); 3. Certificate of Law Enforcement Studies (RMIT); 4. Office and Secretarial Studies Certificate; 5. Life Skills at the Gordon College of TAFE; 6. Life Skills in the V.O.P. at Box Hill College of TAFE. Part B focuses on the experience of these activities towards curriculum and implementation needs, and evaluation and staff development requirements particular to these programs. Part C presents conclusions and recommendations.

Photographs: CTS 1940s Students in Washroom

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Two colour photographs of Collingwood Technical School students in the washroom, and the washroom itself. Both undated but estimated to be in the 1940s

Photograph: CTS 1984 Staff - Photograph: Collingwood Technical School 1984 Staff

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Colour photograph of 1984 staff at Collingwood Technical School.

Photographs: CTC 1971 Amateur Radio Club VK3Bk and teacher John Wilson - Photographs: CTC 1971 Amateur Radio Club VK3Bk and teacher John Wilson

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs. One of John Wilson, a teacher, operating a radio. On the wall there is a VK3BF banner and maps of Australia and of Victoria. The photo is undated but is referred to in Scott's history of Collingwood Technical School 'Coltech' and probably dates in the 1970s. The second photo is of members of the 1971 Amateur Radio Club of Collingwood Technical College Also Amateur Radio Club Membership Certificates for 1971 and 1981

Inscriptions & Markings

There is also a paragraph taken from Scott's history which records the development of the Club.

Report: Future directions for TAFE in the inner urban area of Melbourne 1983

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound A4 size report of 244 pages and full title on the cover is 'Final report to the TAFE Board on / Future directions for TAFE / in the inner urban area / of Melbourne / October, 1983. Report to the Technical and Further Education Board, Victoria.

Folder - PCOT - Out from Under: Affirmative Action Seminar [notes] 1987.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Blue manilla folder containing notes.

Historical information

This conference was a result of Affirmative Action legislation and the movement toward Equal Opportunity in the workplace. The conference was attended by employees from TAFE colleges across Victoria.

Significance

An historical document on affirmative action and equal opportunity in the workplace.

Inscriptions & Markings

Property stamp on covering letter "Preston College of TAFE / LRC-Library"

Photographs: Technical Schools Students displays [1950s]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Five black and white photographs of displays of student work in what could be a town hall. It is unclear whether they are of Collingwood Technical School students work or of work by Technical school students generally. They are undated but estimate they could be 1950s judging from clothes on display. The photographs were taken by Ritter Jeppesen Studios, 107-111 Lonsdale St, Melb. O.I.

Book - NMIT - Accolades, awards and achievement. NMIT students achieve stunning success [2003].

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

32 pages book, colour illus., portraits. Card cover printed in colour.

Historical information

This book details the achievements of NMIT students and staff in various external awards. Each page has a student portrait and background information.

Significance

Details the success of NMIT students and staff in competitions and awards.

Student diaries: Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE 1997, 1998, 1999 - Student diaries: Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE 1997, 1998, 1999

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Spiral bound student diaries, A5 size. 1997, 1998, 1999.

Photographs: PTS Staff 1948-1959 - Photographs: PTS Staff 1948-1959

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Preston Technical School staff from 1950 when CH Beanland was Principal to 1959 when WJ Baker was Principal,

Folder - NMIT - Policy documents - Human Resources

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A corporate folder, white with blue nmit name and logo. Contains copies of policy documents.

Historical information

A collection of policies and sample documents relating to all aspects of Human Resources.

Significance

Shows NMIT Human Resources policies as they were in 2005-2007.