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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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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

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Folder - CTS - Collingwood Technicl School History. Part 3.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Red plastic folder with plastic inserts. Part 3 A general history. Includes copies and transcripts of articles from books and newspapers regarding the CTS and those associated with it.

Historical information

Part 3 A general history of Collingwood, of schools of design from 1885 and Collingwood School of Design. Includes copies and transcripts of articles from books and newspapers regarding the school and those associated with it.

Significance

Background history of CTS and the area surrounding it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some documents have a numerical inscription relating to the Collingwood Technical School archives.

Exercise book: of Newspaper cuttings from The Argus, The Age and The Herald Sun.29/10/1912 - 26/10/1915

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Exercise book of Newspaper cuttings from the Argus, The Age and The Herald Sun.29/10/1912 - 26/10/1915

Photograph: PCOT students sitting exam in gym c1980s - Photograph: Preston College of TAFE students sitting exam in gym c1980s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Large black and white photograph of students at desks in the gym building of Preston College of TAFE. They seem to be sitting an exam, with two teachers at side rear. Undated but estimated to be 1980s.

Report: Preliminary Costing, Horticultural Trades Annexe, Royal Park:, Collingwood Technical College, August, 1978 - Report: Preliminary Costing, Horticultural Trades Annexe, Royal Park, Collingwood Technical College, August, 1978.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Thirty-four page Report: Preliminary Costing, Horticultural Trades Annexe, Royal Park:, August, 1978. Prepared at Collingwood Technical College. Spiral bound. Also loose two-page document from Public Works Dept Victoria. Plus single page document Form T3 Proposed Major building program, by Project, 1988-1990 ‘Transportable covered horticultural working area’

Report: Preston College of TAFE 1937-1987

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

10 copies A4 size pages bound with clip, with maps, by [Preston College of TAFE, Information Services Unit]

Photographs: PTS 1976 & 1977 Students in classes and library

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Preston Technical School students in Technology and Audio-Visual classes and in the Library in 1976 and 1977.

Booklet: Platforms for partnerships - Platforms for partnerships: the key to workplace implememtation of Training Packages.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

30 pages. Yellow cover with black text.

Historical information

This report is a result of a NSW project that focused on bringing industry and TAFE personnel up to date on Training Package development and implementation.

Significance

Although based in NSW this report had implications for workplace assessment as part of TAFE courses.

Photograph album: CTC Renovations 1978 - Photograph album: Collingwood Technical College Renovations 1978

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photo album with red cover with label on spine 'Renovations at CTC'. They date from 1978

School Magazines - PTS - Prespress August 1980, May 1981 (student magazine); Class magazines 1980s.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Student written and designed class magazines. Various coloured covers, cover designs and binding.

Historical information

These student produced magazines contain a variety of articles on current events, student creative writing and puzzles. Each magazine represents one 'class' group.

Significance

The magazines give a student view of PTS in the 1980s.

Folder - New Apprenticeships: opening new doors.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A folder containing a covering letter and approx 32 individual sheets, each describing the course for a "New Apprenticeship".

Historical information

In 1999 traditional apprenticeships and traineeships came under one name "New Apprenticeships". This folder contains information on some of the new apprenticeships offered by NMIT in 1999.

Brochure - NMIT - ELICOS; and, English as a second language and vocational skills.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Two tri-fold brochures, text and colour illustrations. Also A4 sized.

Historical information

Course brochures for English as a Second Language and ELICOS. Each details course options available at NMIT. Years held: 1996. 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005

Framed Portrait: W.Olver, J.P., President of Council Preston Technical School 1936-1938 - Framed Portrait: W.Olver, J.P., President of Council Preston Technical School 1936-1938

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Framed portrait of W.Olver, J.P., President of Council, Preston Technical School, 1936-1938, 1939-1965, Foundation Member.

Book: Off the table: a collection of poetry by members of the Professional writing & Editing course 2005

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 135 pages of a collection of poetry written by members of the Professional Writing & Editing course at NMIT and published by Flat Chat Press, NMIT in 2005. Editors are Lindsay Belbin and Fiona Sievers. ISBN 0975808451

Photographs: Collingwood Technical School 1962 Sports teams, Prefects, Form Captains

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical School 1962 Sports teams, Form Captains and Prefects.

Historical information

Photos also held of students for other years including 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968 are recorded under other records on Victorian Collections.

Photographs: CTC 1971 Student Groups and Teams

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical College student groups and teams. Includes the SRC (Student Representative Committee), the Football team, and the Cricket team.

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.

Photograph: CTC 1970s Teacher Ray Collier entertains students

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Large black and white photograph of Collingwood Technical College teacher Ray Collier entertaining secondary school students, possibly drama class. Scott p.68

Photograph: Collingwood Technical School staff 1932 - Photograph of Collingwood Technical School staff 1932

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph in timber frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is a list of staff on the back of the photograph.

Journal - Education Gazette - Victoria Education Gazette and Teachers' Aid. 1977-1981.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Various pagings per edition. Cover contains title and contents for that volume.

Historical information

This educational journal was published monthly from Vol. 1, no. 1 (1900)-v. 91, no. 9 (10 Dec. 1991) . Contains information for teachers and school administrators. This unbound set covers dates 1977-1981.

Significance

A snapshot of Education Department Victoria during this period.

Report: TAFE in Australia: report on needs in technical and further education, Volume 2: Appendixes April 1974

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Report of 252 pages to Australian Committee on Technical and Further Education (ACOTAFE).

Certificates - Education Department Victoria - Education Department of Victoria. [Blank certificates]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Certificates printed on buff card with blue and black printing. Includes Education Department crest at top of page. Also blank Certificates from Preston Technical College. Also uncollected Certificates from Preston Technical College, Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE, Collingwood College of TAFE, Education Department of Victoria, ranging in date from 1982-1992.

Historical information

These certificates were completed by the relevant educational institution and distributed to students on behalf of the Education Department Victoria. This collection of blank certificates includes Leaving and Intermediate Technical Examination certificates.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by various Directors-General of Education.

Photograph: Brian MacDonald, CEO of NMIT 1988-2012 - Photograph of Brian MacDonald, CEO of NMIT 1988-2012

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Framed colour photograph

Newsletter: Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE October 1989 – August 1995

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Annual newspaper published by the Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE. The earliest issue held is October 1989 and the last is August 1995. Holdings: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995.

Booklet: Cinderella or princess? TAFE amalgamations and records, V.C. Johnson, 1987

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size 20 page booklet written by Valerie C. Johnson in October 1987.

Handbook: Course and career guide NMIT

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklets published by NMIT. Years 1999-2003 are smaller in size. From 2004 they are A4 size. Years held 1999X2; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008 X 2; 2009; 2010 x 2; 2011 X4; 2012X2; 2013X2; 2014/x3

Booklet: UG and the giant's backyard by Nathan Mahney, 2005

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklet of 32 pages with illustrations, titled UG and the giant's backyard, written by Nathan Mahney, published in 2005 by NMIT's Flat Chat Press. ISBN 0975808419

Report: Ethnic background paper: Vietnam by Education Dept Victoria 1980

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size 30 page report with salmon coloured cover from the Child Migrant Education Services, Ethnic Education Services, Education Department, Victoria. It is intended to provide 'general information about the social and cultural background from which migrants from Vietnam come to Australia'.

Handbook: Preston Technical College 1973-1987 - Handbook:: Preston Technical College 1973, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1987

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound A5 size handbook. Years held, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1987.

Report: Skills audits: a practical guide, Alan Baker, 1993 - Report: Skills audits: a practical guide, Alan Baker 1993

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

40 page spiral bound report published in April 1993 by Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE &​ Northern Industry Education &​ Training.

Report: Creating opportunities in education and training: a report on credit transfer initiatives in the Northern region of Melbourne 1992

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Report of 156 pagesby the Committee to Facilitate Credit Transfer in the Northern Region, dated December 1992.

Photograph: PTS 1951 Staff football team

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of Preston Technical School 1951 Staff football team. Also short article from the 1951 school magazine reporting on the staff versus students match

Photographs: Preston Technical School 1989 Classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Colour photographs of Preston Technical School 1989 Classes

Report: on the training needs of Aboriginal health workers in Victoria, 1992

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Fifty-eight page report, A4 size. On the training needs of Aboriginal health workers in Victoria, 27th May 1992. The project was requested by the Victorian Tripartite Council of Koorie Health (VTCKH). Undertaken by the Aboriginal Services Unit of Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE (NMCOT). Spiral bound with white cover with Aboriginal design.

Photograph: CTS Form captains 1962

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of Collingwood Technical School Form Captains for 1962.

Report: Making research work for vocational education, Papers & Proceedings of the Victorian Training Research Conference 28-29 April 1994 Holmsglen College of TAFE

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

One volume of various pagings published by the Office of Training and Further Education, Victoria, June 1994 and edited by Damon Anderson. ISBN 073064619X.

School Uniforms: Collingwood Technical School Blazer 1912-1969 - School Blazer: Collingwood Technical School 1912-1969

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Two Collingwood Technical School blazers. One has an epaulette on each shoulder with two gold stripes on each, and has a manufacturer's label from 'waldron's / SCHOOLWEAR' and is a size 13. The second blazer has a Form Captain badge and an SRC (Student Representative Committee) badge on the lapel, and has a manufacturer's label 'School Master / by kingswear' and is a size 17. Both blazers have CTS logos on the breast pocket, and both have another label which reads The FAMOUS / Doctor / FLANNEL / AUSTRALIAN WOOL BUREAU / GOLD MEDAL WINNER / ALL PURE WOOL / MOTHPROOFED'

Historical information

The logos on the breast pocket of these two blazers is CTS for Collingwood Technical School which dates from 1912 to 1969. From 1970 CTS changed its name to Collingwood Technical College.

Inscriptions & Markings

School logo on pocket

Booklet: A Brief Outline of Operations CTC [1977]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Small booklet with buff cover, spiral bound.

Historical information

2 copies held

Photograph album: CTC Paintings 1976-1997 - Photograph album of Paintings purchased by Collingwood Technical College 1976-1997

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photo album with red cover and label on the spine 'Original paintings purchased by CTC'. The album contains photos of paintings purchased by Collingwood Technical College from February 1976 to November 1986. Includes notes as to their price, date purchased and where located. Some have notes saying ‘Missing’. Also memorandums listing paintings January 1991-January 1997.

Sleeveless Football jumper: CTC 1970-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Sleeveless Football Jumper, Collingwood Technical College 1970-, with CTC logo on side, and number 3 in a square on the back. Label inside 'A / RIDER / PRODUCTION / 70% Acrylic / 30% Wool' with a size 36 smaller tag

Historical information

CTC dates from 1970- when CTS changed its name.

Inscriptions & Markings

CTC logo on side, and number 3 in a square on the back. Label inside 'A / RIDER / PRODUCTION / 70% Acrylic / 30% Wool' with a size 36 smaller tag

Newsletter - PTS - Christmas Newsletter December 1988. Preston Technical School.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

2 page newsletter printed on buff letterhead.

Historical information

Christmas newsletter containing information about donors to the scholarship fund and new course content for the following year. Principal B.F.Waters.

Program: Graduation Ceremony NMIT 1993- - Graduation program: NMIT, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE 1993-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Various sized Programs for Graduation ceremonies. Years held: 1993 Graduation Ceremony – Program 1994 Graduation Ceremony – Program 1995 Graduation Ceremony – Program 1996 Graduation Ceremony – Program X 2 1997 Graduation Ceremony – Program 1998 Graduation Ceremony – Photo Album 1998 Graduation Ceremony – Program 1999 Graduation Ceremony – Program 2000 Graduation Ceremony – Program 2001 Graduation Ceremony – Program 2002 Graduation Ceremony – Program 2003 Graduation Ceremony - Program 2004 Graduation Ceremony – Program X 3 2005 Graduation Ceremony – Program X 4; Parking information card; and Admission pass 2006 Graduation Ceremony - Program 2007 Graduation Ceremony - Program 2009 Graduation Ceremony – Program X4 2011 Graduation Ceremony – Program X2 2012 Graduation Ceremony - ProgramX3 2012 Graduation Ceremony (Staff Edition) - ProgramX3 2013 Graduation Ceremony - ProgramX3

Historical information

1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 inc photos in separate folder, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 (3 copies), 2005 (4 copies), 2006, 2007, 2009 (4 copies), 2011 (2 copies)

Book: Opal by Sue Stanford 2006

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 85 pages of poetry, written by Sue Stanford and published by NMIT's Flat Chat Press in 2006, . ISBN 1921142987.

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

Schematic plan of Redevelopment of Preston Campus, NMIT, 2012 - Schematic plan of Redevelopment of Preston Campus, NMIT, 2012,

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Four piece Schematic plan of Redevelopment of Preston Campus of NMIT 2012, together with models of buildings and trees.

Exercise book: Newspaper cuttings from Exercise book of Newspaper cuttings from 15/8/1932 – 12/12/1935

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Exercise book of newspaper cuttings from The Argus, The Age, The Sun and The Star from 15/8/1932 – 12/12/1935. Includes photo and article about the Boot and Shoe Course and studetns of Collingwood Technical School from The Age 31 April 1935.

Book: The Nature of things by Helen Lucas, 2005

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklet of 92 pages of poetry and prose written by Helen Lucas and published by Flat Chat Press, NMIT in 2005. ISBN 0975720287

Photographs: PTC Mothers Club 1977 - Photographs: Preston Technical College Mothers Club 1977

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Three black and white photographs of the Preston Technical College Mothers Club lunch of 1977

Folder: Of documents, forms and articles used for researching the history of ESL education at CTS 1970s-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Manila folder of A4 size containing copy of various documents, forms and articles used for researching the history of English as a Second Language education at Collingwood Technical School, from the 1970s. Includes ESL Syllabuses, Programmes, copy articles, documents and forms. Includes various school forms and brochures in LOTE languages

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.

Photograph: CTS 1940s Bottom Stock Preparation class

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of students in class. Undated and unidentified. On reverse of photo is written 'General view of Bottom Stock Preparation' and the assumption is that it is Collingwood Technical School and it is estimated to be c1940s.