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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE)

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

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77 St Georges Road Preston VIC 3072 (map)

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

Clare K. Gervasoni 12 August 2013 12:29 PM

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

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

Photograph: CTS display for Apprenticeship week [1930s] - Photograph of Collingwood Technical School display for Apprenticeship Week [1930s]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of Collingwood Technical School students and products at Apprenticeship Week c1930s.

Card: Invitation to Apprentice Week 1960 CTS

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Small white card with black text, Collingwood Technical School at top, inviting a visit to the school to inspect the Apprentice Classes on Wednesday, 11th May and Thursday 12th May 1960, 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Including displays of Caraftmanship Classes at Work. J.V.Shelton, Principal.

Historical information

2 copies held

Booklet: Courses for horses, NMIT

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size Booklets, spiral bound, promoting the Courses for Horses course at NMIT, 2002 and 2005. This was continued in 2006 by 'Equine studies at NMIT'

Metal seal embosser: CCOT College Council 1980s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Metal seal embosser for the College Council of Collingwood College of Technical and Further Education. The embossed seal is a circle and inside the circle are the words 'The Common Seal of the Council of' and around the outside of the circle are the words 'Collingwood College of Technical and Further Education'. It dates from 1981 onwards.

Video: CTC Farewells Mr. J. Barberis 1974

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

VHS video of Collingwood Technical College farewelling Principal Mr. J. Barberis 18 April 1974 and of the Farewell Dinner on 19 April 1974.

Corporate Communications - NMIT - OH&S manual handling register 2001 - 2006, OH&S hazard register 2001 - 2006.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Printed A4 pages, loose. Bundled together in years.Some pages filed in plastic pockets.

Historical information

Internal communication covering the variety of OH&S issues in various departemts and schools within NMIT. Includes an OH&S Register and Hazard identification information.

Significance

A collection of internal memos and other communication dealing with Occupational Health and Safety at NMIT.

Photograph: CTS School Council members 1912-1913

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of a photo of the School Council 1912-13 which may have been in a frame. There is a plaque at bottom of photo with the words 'Martin Hannah Esq M.L.A. / First President of the / Collingwood Technical School / from his Colleagues on the Council 1912/13'. Also a separate list of the members of the Council. Members of the First Council are listed in Scott's history as: Hon. M. Hannah, MLA (President), J.W. Billson, W.R. Butcher, R. Harper, G. Pinkerton, D. Provan, Hon. J.G. Membrey (MLA), Cr. W. Rain, Cr. H.S. Trevena, A.C. Wright, M. Richmond (Principal). (Scott p5)

Architectural drawings and plans NMIT Libraries 1989-2010 - Architectural drawings and plans NMIT Libraries1989-2010

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Architectural drawings and plans for NMIT Libraries at various campuses, dating from 1987 but most are 2007-2010, including Floor plans, Elevations, Site Plans, Redevelopment plans.

Brochure - PSC - Preston Secondary College

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Tri-fold brochure printed in black on white A4 paper.

Historical information

The brochure includes a message from the Principal and outlines courses offered by the college.

Significance

A brief overview of the college.

Photograph: CTC 1974 Danny McGrath student

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of Collingwood Technical College student Danny McGrath with teacher Mr. Raskovy. Danny won the Australian Junior Wrestling Champion for 1974. The photo was also published in the school magazine Turawan 1974 p15. Also included in the images is copy of the article from the school magazine.

Brochure - NMIT - RPL: Recognition of Prior Learning

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Master copy for printing of tri-fold handouts, copies of handout, one on white paper and one on light purple paper.

Historical information

Handout for students explaining how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

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

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

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

8 black and white photographs mounted on brown card. Photographs depict various aspects of lathe work.

Historical information

Collingwood Technical School trained apprentices in many trades. These photographs depict some of the machines and machine parts built in class. Captions : 1. Marking off and checking castings 2. Examples of other machine parts, etc., being made in Youth Employment classes in engineering machine shop. 3. Cutting the traversing screw for a 5 ¼ inch lathe. 4. Grinding lathe spindle. 5. Cutting helical flutes in a shell end mill. 6. Arbor Press. Another valuable machine produced by Youth Employment and senior technical evening students. 7. Milling angular slides of lathe saddle. 8. 5 ¼ inch lathe product of Collingwood Technical School.

Significance

These are high quality professional photographs taken circa 1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photograph has a hand written caption on the front. Also handwritten in black pen "Allan Studios".

Report: Swinburne Technical Division Educational Specification 1972

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Foolscap size report of 22 pages with a mushroom coloured cover, dated August 1, 1972

Folder: Certificates of general education for adults within the Victorian adult English language, literacy and numeracy accreditation framework 1993

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size black ring folder with 210 pages produced by the Adult Community and Further Education Board and the State Training Board, 1993

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

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Blue manilla folder containing notes.

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book: Antenatal English as a Second Language Program for Pregnancy and childbirth, written and published by Mercy Hospital for Women in collaboration with Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE 2004

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size book with spiral binding and on cover 'Antenatal / English as a second / language program for / Pregnancy & Childbirth / Written and published by / Mercy Hospital for Women and / Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE / illustrations by Laura Boselli / and Mirella Trevisan.

Booklet: Bundoora: a site for Preston Institute of Technology [1968]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklet of 15 pages. On cover 'Bundoora: a site for Preston Institute of Technology'. Page 14 refers to this being a deputation from Preston City Council and Council of PIT to Victorian Premier applying for use of Bundoora Police Paddock for PIT. It is undated but probably late 1960s. Also a loose aerial photo of a site which is a closeup of a section of the photo on the cover of the booklet and this photo is dated 1968

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

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

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

Historical information

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

Book: Melbourne’s North – the new knowledge economy Melbourne’s North – the new knowledge economy 2009

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Melbourne’s North – the new knowledge economy is a study commissioned by NORTH Link and the Northern Metropolitan Melbourne Area Consultative Sub-Committee with seed funding from the Victorian Government Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development and matching funding from industry, education and local government in Melbourne’s North. It was prepared by National Institute of Economic and Industry Research. The report provides a detailed analysis of the Melbourne’s North regional economy and builds on the previous report, Growing Melbourne’s North – developing an integrated economy. It concludes that the region can achieve significant economic and social benefits if stakeholders share resources and cooperate across local government boundaries to form a discrete economic zone. The report includes recommendations and benchmarks that will support growth and quality employment outcomes for the region into the future as it undergoes the transition into a knowledge economy. Consultants National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), Carmine Consulting ISBN 978-0-9803994-4-3

Booklet: The Mabo decision information workshop: discussion summary 1993

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size spiral bound booklet of nineteen pages, prepared by Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE in 1993. On cover: 'Aborigines Advancement League / Thursday Feb 18th 1993 / Presented by: The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. Cover title. Speakers: Alf Bamblett, Bryan Keon-Cohen, Terry Garwood.

Photograph: CTS 1925 Premiers Soccer Team - Photograph of Collingwood Technical School 1925 Premiers Soccer Team with Trophy cup

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photograph with surrounding mount, of the Collingwood Technical School Soccer Team 1925. Students and teacher are named.

Inscriptions & Markings

At bottom of mount 'Soccer Team / Premiers 1925'. On the football in the photograph 'CTS / PREMIERS 1925'. At the top and bottom of mount the students and staff are named. From Top left to right: J.Harvey, H.Purvis, Mr. T.Bailey, F.Mithen, G.Hall, H.Hardy, / L Monish, W.Mumm, J.Pennant, I.Mason, R.Tippet, / J.O'Grady, L.Young, T.McLeod, N.Russell, J.Shaw.

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.

Photographs: CTC School Brass Bands 1971

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photos of members of the Collingwood Technical College Brass Band of 1971. One is of Gary Cincotta Form 1E 1971 playing the Tenor Horn in Room 2C5 (from Scott p.66). One of three Trombone players in the Junior Brass Band 1971 named left to right, as Victor Germankis (1A), John Thomas (1A) and Stephen Boyd (2B). Last two are of Mr. Bill Shea conducting the band.

Minutes - CTS - Minutes of School Council 13 October 1955 – 14 August 1958

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Green hard cover minute book with leather spine and corners.

Historical information

Minutes of the Collingwood Technical School Council 1955-1958. Covers all aspects of the administration of the school.

Significance

Original school Council minutes from the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Minute Book" stamped in gilt on spine. All entries in book are handwritten.

Account Book - CTS - Bookstall accounts 1949-1951.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Green covered ledger book. Handwritten accounts throughout.

Historical information

A record of accounts from September 1949 to December 1951. Includes all income and expenditure from the Collingwood Technical School Bookstall.

Significance

Original financial records of the Bookstall at Collingwood Technical School at this time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label pasted on front cover, written in black: "BOOKSTALL".

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.

Photographs: CTC 1975 Football teams - Photographs: Collingwood Technical College1975 Football teams

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Colour photographs of Collingwood Technical College 1975 Football teams.

Booklet: TAFE Teaching Service Agreement 1988-1991 Collingwood College of TAFE

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Twenty-nine page A4 size booklet with green cover. Bound into manilla folder. Edited by David Essex, Human Resources Management Unit. Agreement applies from January 1, 1988 until January 1, 1991.

Minutes of Meetings: Senior Management Preston College of TAFE 1982-1983

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Minutes and associated paperwork for Senior Managers Meetings of Preston College of Technical and Further Education from 23 February 1982 - 8 September 1983