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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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This collection is no longer maintained and is not accessible to the public.
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

Banner: Collingwood Technical College - School banner: Collingwood Technical College

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black fabric (probably cotton) banner with gold tassell at bottom, on a timber rod with turned ends.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black, white and gold CTC logo stencilled on it. Also stencilled on is 'TECHNICAL / COLLEGE / COLLINGWOOD'.

Handbook: NMIT International programs

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size booklets. Years held: 1998X2, 1999X2, Feb 2001X2, Sept 2001X2, April 2003X2, Nov 2003 X 3, May 2005. Continued by 'International course guide'. Years held: 2011, 2012, 2013X3, 2014

Newsletter: Direct Line 1995-1999 Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size newsletter published by the Marketing & Corporate Communications Unit of the Institute. Copies held: Issue no. 1 April 1995 – issue 9 November 1999

Brochure - NMIT - Code of conduct: Department of Horticulture. 2006.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Tri-fold brochure printed on white A$ paper. Mainly text with 2 small colour illustrations.

Historical information

This brochure for Department of Horticulture students outlines expectations regarding behaviour, occupational health and safety, attendance and assessment.

Book: In those days: Collingwood remembered: memories of Collingwood residents interviewed by the Collingwood History Committee.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

64 page book published by Richmond Hill Press in association with the Collingwood City Council, 1979. Includes many photographs of the City of Collingwood areas including Richmond, Fairfield

Metal Plaque: Fairfield Hospital from Fairfield Lions Club

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Elliptical shaped Metal plaque which was removed from old play equipment at the Fairfield Hospital c2003.

Historical information

The plaque was removed from an old dilapidated playground roundabout or merry-go-round on the grounds of the Fairfield Hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

'A GIFT TO CHILDREN / presented to the / FAIRFIELD HOSPITAL / by the / FAIRFIELD LIONS CLUB / MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF THE PEOPLE OF FAIRFIELD'. There is also a Lions International stamp imprinted on the plaque.

Timber trophy: CCOT 1986 - Timber trophy: Sebastapol v Collingwood College of TAFE 1986

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Timber trophy with sports figures and inscription. 1986

Inscriptions & Markings

'SEBASTOPAL V’S COLLINGWOOD / TECHNICAL SCHOOL / GOLD NUGGET CHALLENGE’ with smaller plaque 'October / 1986 / COLLINGWOOD / TECH.’

Photographs: Preston Technical College 1971 Classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Preston Technical College classes of 1971.

Photograph: Bricklaying Class at Collingwood Technical School 1914

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Report - NMIT - Achievements/ Developments. 1999, 2000.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

1999: 7 pages of text. 2000: 12 pages of text. Both editions have pale blue cover, stapled in top left corner.

Historical information

These reports give details of achievements and developments in the services offered by the Corporate Services Division and Programs Division of NMIT during 1999 and 2000.

Inscriptions & Markings

2000 edition has a circulation list handwritten on top right of cover.

Reports: Collingwood Technical School 1932-1961 - Principal's Reports to School Council. 1932-1961.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Handwritten or typed Principal's Reports to School Council. Foolscap pages in hard cover ring binders. 3 Volumes. Copies also held

Historical information

These reports include important details about staffing, amenities and school activities. Principals reports 1932-1947 To Box 1930-39.2b; Principals reports 1947-1959. Loose pages in this binder 1951-1959 To Box 1950-59.2b; Principals reports 1960-1961. Includes loose ‘business paper’ June 1960 To Box 1960-69.2b.

Significance

In original condition, these reports give a significant insight into CTS activities and development over three decades.

Inscriptions & Markings

On spine of each binder: "Principal's / Report"

Brochures: Courses Preston College of TAFE 1984 and 1985

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Brochures of varying sizes [1984/1985]. Accounting, Art, Bookkeeper-typist, Building detail drafting Pre-employment program, Business studies, Business TOP, Childcare, Civil Engineering Drafting Survey & Mapping, Computer users certificate, Drama TOP, Electronics, Finished art, General, General studies, Higher school certificate for adults, Management, Mechanical/Electrical detail drafting, Mechanical Engineering Mechanical design drafting, Music, Office & Secretarial studies, Personnel & training officer course, Photography, Piano tuner technician, Physical & natural science, Science laboratory, Sales & Marketing, Secretarial, Secretarial studies, Supervision Certificate, Trades, Other than English brochures X 7 ?Arabic, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese plus others.

Folder - PTS - 50 RE-NEW-NION

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Empty folder. Blue background with mainly red and yellow graphic on front cover. White on blue graphic of school building on back cover "Preston Technical School magazine"

Historical information

Folder prepared for the 50th anniversary of Preston Technical School to hold the school magazine. (note: this is an empty folder, magazine not included)

Photograph: CTS Art Dept. Modelling students c1930s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of two students working on moulds, possibly plaster. Undated but c1930s.

Drawing: Otter Street Collingwood building, 1974

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Framed black and white drawing of the Otter Street, Collingwood building, dated 1974 by Wallace.

Corporate Communications - NMIT - Corporate communications: Approved signed press releases, 2001-2003.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

2 folders. Printed A4 pages. Collected in black A4 ring binder.

Historical information

Press releases and the resulting media reports are the public face of NMIT. These records come from the Corporate Communications Department of NMIT and the collection dates from the early 1990s.

Significance

A comprehensive collection of media and press releases, media contacts and press clippings.

Photograph: Collingwood Technical School 1965 Soccer team

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photo of Collingwood Technical School 1965 Soccer team.

Trophy: Collingwood Technical School 1933- - Silver trophy from Victorian Technical Schools Sports Union 1933-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Silver cup trophy from the Victorian Amateur Boxing & Wrestling Association for the Annual Boxing Championships won by Collingwood Technical School in 1933. Also won by Collingwood in 1934, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947.

Inscriptions & Markings

METROPOLITAN DISTRICT / of the / Victorian Technical Schools Sports Union / CHAMPIONSHIP CUP / for the school winning the greatest number of events / at the / ANNUAL BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS / Presented by the Victorian Amateur Boxing & Wrestling Assn / 1933’ On back is a list of winners from 1933 to 1950 includes Brighton, Prahran, South Melbourne, Essendon, Oakleigh, Brunswick.

Register: of Awards 1978–1988 Preston College of Technical and Further Education

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A3 size Register with Brown cover and gilded text 'Preston College / of Technical and Further Education / Register / of Awards'. The register covers the years 1978 to 1988 and the awards are listed by study area

School Magazines - PSC - Preston SEcondary College 1993.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

2 copies of Yearbook for 1993. Printed in black on white paper. Blue card cover.

Historical information

The 1993 Yearbook was the first to be published for many years and records the achievements and activities of Preston Secondary College for that year.

Significance

This Yearbook was developed by the SRC as a record of their year at PSC. Yearbooks had not been published for several years before this.

Book:Scott's last expedition ... [1927]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 582 pages including the Introduction, the Preface and the Glossary, with brown leather look cover with gilded pattern border of 'Scott's last expedition: the personal journals of Captain R. F. Scott on his journey to the South pole / with a biographical introduction by Sir J. M. Barrie, and a preface by Sir Clements R. Markham.Pub London : J. Murray,' [1927]. Also included are many illustrations. Inside the cover there is an Inscription ‘PRESENTED TO MR. MATTHEW RICMOND, / FIRST PRINCIPAL OF / COLLINGWOOD TECHNICAL SCHOOL, / BY THE RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION / TEACHERS OF THE SCHOOL, / ON HIS RETIREMENT 6/6/1930. / Handed back to C.T.C. / on 3/3/74 by his daughters / Miss Richmond & Mrs. Bell J.J. / Barberis / Pricipal C.T.C. / 3/3/74’ On the opposite page are eight signatures presumably these are the religious instruction teachers at the time of Matthew Richmond's retirement in 1930.

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

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.

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.

Report: NMIT Inaugural Disability Action Plan 2005-2006

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Thirty-two page A4 size report, spiral bound with orange coloured patterened cover. Also 2007 report which followed the inaugural report. Two copies of each edition held.

Handbook - PCOT - Preston College of TAFE. Staff Manual 1983

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Loose pages. Master copy prepared for printing. Text and illustrations are pasted onto white pages.

Historical information

The staff handbook outlines the duties and responsibilities of staff at Preston College of TAFE in 1983.

Significance

A snapshot of school organisation in 1983.

Book: Box kites and beyond 1976

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 185 pages Box kites and beyond by E.G .Roberts, published by Hawthorn Press Melbourne 1976. Inscription ‘To Collingwood Technical College with best wishes from E.G. Roberts 4/4/79’

Report: Student Services Dept. Student Activities and Recreation Services Review, January 2003 NMIT

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

14 page A4 size report, spiral bound. Dated January 2003

Reports: Staff development Preston Technical College 1979-1982

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound reports A4 size. Periods covered: 1st Semester 1979; 2nd Semester 1979 Part 1; 2nd Semester 1979 Part 2; 1980, 1981, First Semester, 1982.

Photograph: NMCOT Wilbur Wilde with Performing Arts students 1992

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Two black and white photos of Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE Performing Arts students at Greensborough campus 1992. One includes Saxophonist Wilbur Wilde who was a Guest Artist, performing with students. The second is of the students in class.