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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

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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Book: Adam's new Eden: a daughter's itemised account, Fiona Sievers, 2006

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 183 pages of poetry written by Fiona Sievers and published by Flat Chat Press, NMIT, in 2006. ISBN 0975808427

Negatives: Sheets of negatives of staff photos, 1978-1983

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Sheets of negatives of photos of staff, some dated 4 sheets labelled 'Handbook Nov 78'. 4 sheets dated 10 March 1983. 12 sheets undated.

Book: Slivers by Ian McBryde, 2005

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 88 pages of poetry written by Ian McBryde and published in 2005 by NMIT's Flat Chat Press. ISBN 0975720279

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.

Newsletters - PTC - Newsletter, December 1990. Preston Technical College.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

One page newsletter printed on buff letterhead.

Historical information

This short newsletter thanks parents for their suport and briefly outlines student successes and developments at the College. Principal B.F. Waters.

Significance

This appears to be a draft copy printed with the wrong logo on the letterhead.

Inscriptions & Markings

A line has been drawn through the existing logo with the numbers 741 written in pen.

Photograph: CTS Staff 1989

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Coloured photograph of Collingwood Technical School staff 1989. Two copies held

Brochure - Making a world of difference: Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality. [and] ELICOS English Language.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

3 colour brochures. One on Tourism and Hospitality, two on ELICOS English Language.

Historical information

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality brochure (1997) gives details of the Hospitality, Tourism and Commercial Cookery programs at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. ELICOS brochures (1999 and 2001) give details of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students and lists acredited programs for overseas students. The 1999 brochure includes a lift out on cost of living and accomodation, and an application form with terms and conditions of enrolment.

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.

Card: ‘You will always be thankful if you send your son to Collingwood Technical School’ c1915

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Small card promoting Collingwood Technical School with text ‘YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THANKFUL / IF YOU SEND YOUR SON TO / COLLINGWOOD / TECHNICAL SCHOOL ...'. Undated but probably 1915 or 1918

Photograph: Collingwood Technical School display 1961 - Photographs of Collingwood Technical School display during Commonwealth Technical Training Week 29 May – 4 June 1961

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Three photographs of Collingwood Technical School display during Commonwealth Technical Training Week 29 May – 4 June 1961. One in Foys store, one in Coles, one in Rendle's.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photographs 'ALLAN STUDIOS / COMMERCIAL DIVISION / 320 SMITH ST., COLLINGWOOD / VICTORIA / PHONE: JA 5316-7 / When Ordering further Prints, please quote ...'

Photograph: CTC 1979 Football team (Runnersup)

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Colour photograph of Collingwood Technical College [1979] Football team, Runnersup on NMFI competition.

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.

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.

Photographs: PTS Admin Building c1940s aerial view - Photographs: Preston Technical School Administration Building c1940s aerial view

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Two black and white photographs of aerial view of Building A (Administration Building) Preston campus of Preston Technical School c1940s.

Booklet: Student Manual NMCOT 1991-1993

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A5 size booklets published by Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE 1991-1993.

Historical information

Copies held 1991X2, 1992X2, 1993

Booklet: Student's Record Book Preston Technical School (Girls) 1950s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklet with orange cover, with Education Department Victoria logo on front, white rectangle for student's name and across the bottom of the cover 'Student's Record Book'. This is for the Girls school and is blank (unused). Also held are copies of 2 Record Books for the Boys School. These have a green cover and are titled 'Pupil's Record book'. All date from 1950s.

Book: An essay on A history of Collingwood Technical School 1912-1987 by Paul Scofield

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A 43 page A4 size stapled book with some images. Six copies held, one copy is signed by the author. Also held is a set of the typed pages on which the book is based.

Inscriptions & Markings

One copy is signed by the author

Photographs: Preston Technical School 1984 Classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Colour photographs of Preston Technical School Classes of 1984.

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: Sheets of proof photos and negatives of 1994 and 1995 graduation

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

3 sheets of proof photos and negatives of 1994 and 1995 graduation Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE

Booklet: Vocational vision: tomorrow’s skills today 2002, 2005

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklets published by NMIT outlining their courses, services and facilities. Copies held: 2002 (4 copies), and 2005

Program for Presentation of Awards Ceremony of Horticulture School, Collingwood College of TAFE June 22 1988

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Six page pink program. There is a possibility that one page may be missing as there is what looks like a cut-off page in the middle of the program.

Photographs - Collingwood Technical School - Mounted photographs of Trade School (Electrical) CTS, circa 1940.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

3 black and white photographs mounted on brown card. Photographs depict various aspects of electrical fitting and mechanics work.

Historical information

Collingwood Technical School trained apprentices in many trades. These photographs depict apprentices operating various machines. Captions: 1. Collingwood Technical School / Electrical fitting apprentice operating a lathe [2 copies] 2. Collingwood Technical School / Electrical mechanic apprentice testing in the electrical laboratory.

Significance

These are high quality professional photographs taken circa 1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photograph has a hand written caption on the front.

Program for Welcome to Northern Lodge 1994

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Four-sided program for Welcome to Northern Lodge 20 November 1994. Also two coloured folders Northern Lodge Stud, Eden Park, Victoria Australia - one undated, one February 1997. Also eight 'With compliments of Northern Lodge' cards; Five wine bottle labels ‘1997 Chardonnay’. Ten Bookmarks ‘Northern Lodge Stud, Victoria Premier Yearling Sales 1998’. Invitation to the opening cards X 2

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.

Account Book - CTS - Account Book. -Collingwood Technical School No. 3 Account. 1961-1971.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Hard cover account book with green fabric cover and 'leather' corners and spine. Internal pages ruled for accounts.

Historical information

A day by day register of accounts received and accounts paid at Collingwood Technical School in the 1960s. It does not include salaries.

Significance

This account book gives the income and expenditure for CTS in the 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written accounts ledger throughout.

Photographs: Four framed of South Morang Rail Extension Project 2011-2012

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Four coloured photographs framed together of the NMIT Epping campus and Epping railway works. Labelled ‘On behalf of the South Morang Rail Extension project we would like to thank you for your co-operation during construction.’ Probably 2011-2012

Photograph: CTS 1932 Premiers Football team - Photograph of Collingwood Technical School 1932 Premiers Football team

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photograph of Collingwood Technical School Football team Premiers 1932 (Metropolitan Junior Technical Football Association). Trophy cup in photo is on VC 00041.

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)

Booklet: The Collingwood Technical School 1912-1945 by I. Harrison, 1979

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Forty page A4 size photocopies (2 copies) stapled together, one in a manilla folder.. On cover 'THE COLLINGWOOD TECHNICAL SCHOOL / 1912-1945 / I.Harrison / October, 1979 / La Trobe University / Bachelor of Education' Also held is a typed copy marked 'Draft' which is a little faded.

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.

School Magazines - PTS - Moira's marvels

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Student produced magazine. Hand drawn cover. Stapled on left.

Historical information

Student produced magazine from 1974. Contains articles, short stories and puzzles.

Significance

An example of student work.

Inscriptions & Markings

At foot of front cover "To benefit Aboriginal Affairs Fund".

Photographs: CTS 1970 Classes (Forms 3-5)

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical School 1970 Forms 3-5

Booklet: Partners in progress: NMIT and your business

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size booklets promoting Institute partnerships with businesses and industry. Copies held 2000, 2002, 2005

Book: Constitution and Regulations of NMCOT 1990

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size bound. On cover Northern Metropolitan / College of TAFE / Constitution and Regulations. Dated May1990. Also held A4 spiral bound booklet 'Constittion of the Northern / Metropolitan College of Technical / and Further Education / Council Order 1994'. Also 3 copies of A4 ring binders with cover 'Consitution / Rules / and / Committees / of / Council'. All stampled inside with 'Uncontrolled copy' and dated 1999. Current editions are on the NMIT staff website

Plumbing tools: CTS and PTS 1920s onwards - Plumbing tools and texts used in teaching 1920s-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A number of Plumbing tools dating from 1880s-1970s and used in teaching at Collingwood Technical School then also at Preston Technical School and at Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE's Heidelberg campus. Includes: Kerosene blow torch X 2 (1930s-); Stillson Grips; Pipe Cutter; Mash hammer; Adjustable spanner X 3 different sizes; Caulking tool; 5 way tee, 2X3 way tee, 4 way tee (1930s-); Old Handmade lead traps (student work) X 2; Metal tool tray holding; Offset adjustable spud spanner; Pear shaped lead working mallet; Bossing tool for lead work (1880s-1920s); Soldering iron (1920s-); Set square; Large screwdriver; Also Plumbing texts: • Problems for elementary physics, new rev. edn., by Thomas Tasker and Alexander Boden, Science Press, Sydney, 1966. • Gasfitting. Printed and published by McCarron Bird Pty. Ltd. [Melbourne] • Trade science for plumbing apprentices, Education Dept. Victoria, 1954 • Sanitary Plumbing and water supply, Dept. of Labour • Gasfitting, produced by members of the Colonial Gas Association Limited, Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria, and the Technical Division of the Education Department of Victoria. Rev metric edn. 1976 • Mechanical world year book 1953, Manchester Emmott & Co., 1953

Photograph: CTS 1950 Electrical Trades Building deputation

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of Collingwood Technical School deputation to the Minister of Education (the Honourable A. A. Inchbold) on 21 July 1950 re the Electrical Trades Building. Minister is on the left next to Mr. Alex Strang, Principal and Mr. George H. Thomas. Scott 36-37, and p67. Also see copy of names on reverse of photograph.

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.

Photograph: CTS Form captains 1962

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

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

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.

Newsletter: Rewind, NMIT 2007- - Rewind NMIT Newsletter. Issue one 2007.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

16 pages, colour illustrations.

Historical information

This newsletter outlines achievements at NMIT in 2007, covering awards, community, industry and international partnerships.

Photographs: PTS 1978 students reunion 1994

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograps of a school reunion of Preston Technical School students of Form 3 1978 to Form 5 1980, held on 3rd December 1994. Also an A4 size invitation and a handwritten list of students and addresses with marked attendees.

Photographs: Collingwood Technical School 1971 Form 1 classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical School 1971 Form 1 classes.

Report: Annual report Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE 1990s - Annual report: Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE 1990s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound A4 size booklets. 1990X2; 1991X3; 1992X2; 1993X2; 1994X2

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’

Corporate Communications - NMIT - Corporate communications: Media releases, 1998-1999.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Printed A4 pages, loose. Tow years bundled together..

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.

Report: Ethnic studies for human services personnel [1987] - Report: Ethnic studies for human services personnel [1987] Preston College of TAFE

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Report of 193 pages plus various pagings of Appendices published by Preston College of TAFE. Though not clearly dated, contents indicate it dates end of 1987.

Report: Campuses, buildings and rooms - Layouts and listings July 1994 NMCOT

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Spiral bound report of 284 pages, A4 size. Consists mainly of campus location maps and room layout plans by building. Prepared by Neville Lester for Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE.

Photograph: PTS 1951 Swimming team - Photograph: Preston Technical School 1951 Swimming team

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Large black and white photograph in a timber frame of the Preston Technical School 1951 swimming team. The photograph has names of team members at bottom. It is in disrepair with no glass.

Report - Collingwood Technical School 1914-1930 - Collingwood Technical School: Reports of the Inspector for Technical School 1914-1928, 1929-30.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

2 volumes, 1914-1928, 1929-30. Hard cover 'minute' books. Earlier volume has loose pages of typed reports for 1914-20. All other entries handwritten.

Historical information

Inspector’s reports. [Book 1] Typed loose reports 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1928. Written in book: 1921-1928. To Box 1912-1919.1; Inspector’s reports. [Book 2] 1920, 1930. To Box 1920-29.1. Also photocopies for 1929-1968

Significance

These are original and official education department documents reporting on the courses, staff and amenities at CTS.

Inscriptions & Markings

All book entries are handwritten. Early typed entries have covering letter "from Education Department, Melbourne"