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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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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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Book: Growing up in Collingwood 1934-1955 - Book: Growing up in Collingwood 1934-1955: a memoir by John Ventura

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

An A4 sized book, pages not numbered, including images. This is a third edition published in 2011. Previously published in 2005 with subtitle "A memoir. 1934-55 of little Johnny who relives the times and tales of a by gone era and beyond with reflections of career and family".

Council Minutes - CTS - Collingwood Technical School Minutes of School Council Meetings. 1912-1951 (incomplete)

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Hard cover minute books (6 volumes) with green fabric cover and 'leather' corners and spine. "Minute Book" printed on spine.

Historical information

Minutes of the School Council at Collingwood Technical School 1912-1951 (incomplete, missing 1942-1946). The Council was the governing board and these minutes are a record of the elected members of the Council and all aspects of the govrernance (from correspondence to financial matters) of CTS

Significance

A record of the monthly meetings of the School Council.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written minutes throughout.

Account Book - CTS - Accounts 1953-1956. Collingwood Technical School.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Green covered ledger book. Handwritten accounts throughout.

Historical information

A record of accounts from March 1953 to December 1956. Includes salaries and sundry accounts.

Significance

Original records of financial expenditure of Collingwood Technical School at this time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in white pencil on front cover: "1953/1956"

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.

Handbook: NMIT Emergency procedures manual 1999

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size bound booklet with mauve cover dated December 1999, for NMIT.

Booklet: The History and development of Collingwood Technical School by R.M. Cronks [1913] - Booklet: The History and development of Collingwood Technical School by R.M. Cronks [1913]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size document of four typewritten pages stapled together. Date written is unclear but estimated to be 1913

Newsletter: Industry network news: a publication of the Northern Metropolitan TAFE Foundation 1991-1994

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

First issue was double-sided which folded into an A4 size. Subsequent issues are four-sided A4 size. The newsletter was published by the Information Unit of Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE and focussed on the College and Industry partnerships.

Notes - CTS - Printed notes on Tools and Machinery. 1920s. Collingwood Technical School.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black folder with Collingwood Technical School label on cover.

Historical information

Notes on tools and machinery. Various page numbering indicates that these may have been distributed at intervals during the course.

Significance

Original class notes from the 1920s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on front cover label: S.O.Tools / 1920's.

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.

Handbook - CTC - Collingwood Technical College Handbook 1972-1981.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Individual annual volumes. Paperback. Each volume contains handbook for that year. 1972X5; 1973X5; 1974X2; 1975X2; 1976X2; 1977X3; 1978X3; 1979, 1981.

Historical information

The Handbook for Collingwood Technical College outlines the courses available and lists some staff and others associated with the school in each year. Individual volumes from 1972 to 1981. 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 CTC courses for the years 1972-1981.

Photograph: Laying the foundation stone Collingwood Technical School 1923 - Photograph of the laying of the foundation stone Collingwood Technical School 1923

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

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’

Poster: of PTC Personnel 1980s - Poster: of Preston Technical College Personnel 1980s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Large poster in black and white with photographs of Preston Technical College staff and the department they work in. It is undated but estimated to be 1980s.

Inscriptions & Markings

1 laminated copy and 2 unlaminated

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.

Photographs: CTC 1972 Student Groups and Teams

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical College Teams and Groups. Includes House Officials, Junior Band, Wrestlers, Cricket team, Tennis team, First XI Soccer team, First XVIII Football Team, Baseball team, Guitar group, Volleyball team, Basketball team.

Book: Furniture and equipment layouts for TAFE colleges Victoria. 1981

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size loose pages published by the Public Works Department and the Education Department Victoria in 1981. The contents cover the following Colleges: Moorabin, Dandenong, Collingwood, Newport, Box Hill, Sunraysia, Yallourn, Footscray, RMIT, Preston, School of Mines & Industries Ballarat, McMillan Rural Studies, Loddon Valley Bendigo, Wangaratta and Latrobe Street Complex. Plans and diagrams included.

Report: A way in: an evaluation of the Transition Education Advisory Committee (T.E.A.C.) project at Collingwood Technical School by Ms. Joe Manton 1984

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound A4 size report of 102 pages

Photographs: Collingwood Technical School 1971 Form 3 classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical School Form 3 classes

Report:From rhetoric to reality: developing a client focussed service, Glen Villiers 1997

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

56 page spiral bound report written by Glen Villiers for Office of Training and Further Education, February 1997. ISBN 0731105362. This report documents a strategy for developing client focussed services at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE. The project was initiated in response to national policies which have directed Institutes to become client focussed in the delivery of programs and services. The purpose of the project is to recognise the validity of the statement that the development of a client focussed organisation starts inside the organisation. This document is the final report of the project. The report is divided into two parts. The first part describes the processes used to develop client focussed services at the Institute. The second part contains the resources that were developed as a major part of the project.

Report on evaluation of three programs v 2

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Brochure: NMIT Short courses - Brochure: NMIT Short courses

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size coloured bookets. Years held 1986 (Preston College of TAFE), 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

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.

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.

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

Roll of computer printout: PTC Staff details 1980 - Roll of computer printout Preston Technical College ‘School Staff Enquiry 14/5/80’

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Roll of computer printout Preston Technical College ‘School Staff Enquiry 14/5/80’. Lists Staff Record number, Name, Sex, Time Fraction, Class, Date of Birth, Leave.

Photograph: Preston Technical School cap and tie 1937-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Untitled

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklet: Making a soldier by Ken Giles

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

29 page booklet of A5 size with yellow cover written by Ken Giles recording some of his life story. It was produced by Preston College of TAFE in 1984. Cover also states it was a 'Tape Project'

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.

Photograph: CTS Boxing team c1940s - Photograph of Collingwood Technical School Boxing team 1940s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photograph of Collingwood Technical School Boxing team. Undated. Collingwood won the trophy in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1942-1947. Estimate this photo may be in the 1940s.

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.

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

Certificate: Foundation student, Preston Technical School 1937

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Buff coloured card certifying that the named student was a Foundation Student of Preston Technical School which was officially opened on 21st April, 1937. Lists the members of the School Council, the Teaching staff of 1937 and the Evening School staff. Also held are copy of Foundation Certificate for Foundation student Kenneth Fyffe who was at Preston Technical School from 1937 to 1939; Ken Fyffe's Junior School report; Ken's Merit Certificate dated 21 December 1937; Ken's Junior Technical Certificate dated 6 June 1939; and letter from the Principal regarding Timetable for Supplementary Examinations for Intermediate Certificate.

Report: Development of Technical & Further Education 1975-1976 CTC

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Foolscap size bound report with tan cover, 2 copies held.

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.

Account Book - CTS - Accounts 1931-1933. Collingwood Technical School.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Red covered ledger book. Handwritten accounts throughout.

Historical information

A record of accounts from May 1931 to June 1933. Includes salaries and sundry accounts.

Significance

Original records of financial expenditure of Collingwood Technical School at this time.

Inscriptions & Markings

On spine in black pen: "OFFICIAL A/C"

Postcard - NMIT - Visual Arts Department postcards

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Set of 10 different postcards advertising courses within the Visual Arts Department at NMIT. Colour illustrations on front produced by students, text on back.

Historical information

Part of NMIT's marketing strategy, these postcards are aimed at prospective Visual Arts students. Each is illustrated with student work.

Journal - Education Gazette - Victoria Education Gazette and Teachers' Aid. 1940-1949.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Annual volumes bound in black with title on cover in gilt. Various pagings per edition. Cover of each month contains title and contents for that edition.

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 bound set covers dates 1940-1949.

Significance

A snapshot of Education Department Victoria during this period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped in gilt on cover "Education Gazette / date e.g.1940". Date (Year) stamped on spine.

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.

List: Summary List of Enrolments Preston Technical School 1937, 1946, 1956, 1966. - List: Summary List of Enrolments Preston Technical School 1937, 1946, 1956, 1966

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

One Foolscap size sheet with a summary of Enrolment figures for the years 1937, 1946, 1956, 1966 for Preston Technical School

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.’

Book: A Handbook of English 1945

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 226 pages A handbook of English: for junior and intermediate pupils in Victorian Secondary Schools by WV Aughterson, J Aughterson and GM Stirling, 5th printing, Whitcombe & Tombs Melbourne [1945]

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.

Report: Weekend college proposal NMCOT 1992 - Report: Weekend college proposal Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE 1992

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Fourteen page bound report with white cover and NMCOT logo on front. A4 size.

Booklet: Selection Criteria for Entry to Courses [Preston College of TAFE] 1985

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound A4 size booklet with buff cover. Selection criteria for various College courses.

Historical information

2 copies held

Photograph: Matthew Richmond, Principal CTS 1912- - Photograph: Collingwood Technical School Principal Matthew Richmond, 1912-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Framed photograph.

Report: VICAD (Victorian Association of Directors of TAFE Institutes) Conference 1996. Report by Marg Malloch

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Spiral bound report of A4 size with clear cover with various paginations

Photographs: PTC (Girls) 1970 Form Captains - Photographs: Preston Technical College (Girls) 1970 Form Captains

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of the Preston Technical College (Girls School) Form Captains of 1970

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

Photograph: J. Aberdeen, First Principal, PTS 1936-1947 - Framed photograph J.Aberdeen, First Principal, Preston Technical School1936-1947

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Framed photograph.