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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 - 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

Photograph album: CTC 1978 - Photograph album of Special occasions at Collingwood Technical College 1978

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photo album with an European City scene on the cover. Label on the spine 'Special occasions at CTC'. Photos date from 1978 and include Joe Barberis, Ian Scott, Bert Eastman, Harry Rothwell’s retirement dinner, Len Watts, Colin Ferris, Trevor Cook, Warwick White, George Thomas, John Roberts, Jim Hunter, Bill Fletcher, John Barry, Laurie Bayley, Bill Moore, Jim Hartney, David Mitchell, Cliff Ashworth, Ron Ritchie, Bill Roebuck, Ruth Kerr, Bev Attwater, Elaine Parsons, JDHarris awards, John King, Mike Heverin.

Photograph: Collingwood Technical School 1969 Students

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photos of Collingwood Technical School 1969 Form 2D and Form 5B students

Handbook: NMIT International student guide

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound booklets. 1993 is A5 size and titled Study in Melbourne Australia: a guide for overseas students and published by Northern Metropolitan College of TAFE. Also International students activities program 1998. and International student arrival guide 2005. 1994 is A5 size and published by Northern College of TAFE . Then from 1996 booklets are A4 size. Years held 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2007-8, 2009, 2010 X 2. International student quick guide 2013, 2014

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

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.

Booklet: Training for tomorrow 1997-1999 Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size booklets of 16 and 20 pages

School report cards: Collingwood Technical School 1912-1925 - Student results cards: Collingwood Technical School 1912-1925

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Single cardbooard cards for each student for both the Junior Technical Courses and Evening Classes.

Booklet - NMIT - Help us. And help your business.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

8 pages, text and colour illustrations.

Historical information

This brochure is aimed at business sponsorship. It outlines the benefits and levels of sponsorship available.

Brochure - NMIT - OQP Victoria: Overseas Qualified Professionals Program. 2005.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Tri-fold colour brochure.

Historical information

This brochure is aimed at prospective employers in the OQP program and outlines the benefits to industry in offering work experience to skilled migrant professionals.

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

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.

Silver cup trophy CTS VSSBA 1961-1975

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Silver cup trophy approx. 19cm tall, with inscription / ‘V.S.S.B.A. / OVER 12 QUARTET / COLLINGWOOD T.S.’ Dates on cup range from 1961-1975.

Report: Preston College of Technical and Further Education: Stage 4: Concept proposal March 1986

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size, spiral binding

Minutes of Meetings of School Council PTS and PTC 1936-1965 - Minutes of Meetings of School Council Preston Technical School and Preston Technical College 1936-1965

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound volumes with varied coloured covers, of Minutes of Meetings of School Council. Begins with Preston Technical School then changes to Preston Technical College. 17 December 1936 - 31 December 1940 1 January 1941 – 31 December 1945 1 January 1946 – 31 December 1950 1 March 1951 – 31 December 1952 5 March 1953 – 31 December 1955 1 March 1956 – 31 December 1959 3 March 1960 - 8 March 1962 12 April 1962 - 13 March 1964 9 April 1964 - 9 December 1965. Include Lists of Staff, Annual Reports, Financial Statements.

Account Book - CTS - Account book - Salaries 1920-1934.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Grey cloth-covered cardboard cover with red spine. Pages are ruled for accounts. Label on cover "Journal"

Historical information

This account book contains the "Salaries passed for payment..." and details the salary for each staff member, number of classes taught, weeks worked, etc.

Significance

This is a significant account of both the people teaching at Collingwood Technical School in the 1920s as well as an indication of the rates of pay at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on cover label "Salaries"

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

Document - Marketing Plan: Corporate Communications Department 2002.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

34 pages (approx.), printed on one side of paper. Spiral bound with clear plastic cover.

Historical information

This document outlines the Marketing Plan for NMIT in 2002, as proposed by the Corporate Communications Department.

Significance

This document details plans for the marketing and promotion of NMIT.

Film Joiner: Premier 16/8 DeLuxe Model with Automatic Film Scraper

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

In its original box, and includes a number of leaflets such as: Instructions for keeping the Premier De Luxe Film Joiner in proper adjustment and working order; Splicing instructions; Spares List; Automatic Film Scraper instructions; Heater unit...; After sales and Repair Service; and a Mark 3 blade.

Program: for Farewell to Matthew Richmond 6 June 1930 CTS - Program for Farewell to Matthew Richmond 6 June 1930 Collingwood Technical School

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photograph: CTS Students in Cadets uniform c1960s - Photograph: Collingwood Technical School Students in Cadets uniform c1960s

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Two Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical School students in Cadet uniforms. One has on the reverse 'Platoon 1' and the other 'B/Ball team'. Undated but estimated to be c1960s.

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. Management Seminar - NMIT - Management Seminar 1999

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A collection of papers and reports presented at the 1999 Management Seminar. Some reports printed on coloured paper. Housed in manilla folder.

Historical information

This folder contains reports from the senior Management Seminar (16-19 March 1999). New system procedures and an overview of departmental future opportunities are included.

Inscriptions & Markings

On label on front of manilla folder: "Management Seminar 1999"

Book: The Education Department's record of war service, 1914-1919 - Book: The Education Department's record of war service, 1914-1919

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound publication of 304 pages which was published in Melbourne by the Education Department in Melbourne in 1921. It includes portraits and biographical notes on "the men who fell" and "the men who returned". At head of title: 'Victoria'.

Program for official opening of Australian College of Wine Training Centre, Aradale Campus, Sunday 17 November 2002 - Program for official opening of Australian College of Wine Training Centre, Aradale Campus, Sunday 17 November 2002

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Enrolments and results - CTS. 1940s-1960s - Student enrolment and results cards, Collingwood Technical School. 1940s-1960s.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

1 large black folder containing enrolments and details of each student’s previous education and employment at time of enrolment. Enrolment sheets are 14 x 23 cm.

Historical information

This folder contains enrolments and details of apprentices enrolled in trade course at Collingwood Technical School. Each student’s previous education and employment at time of enrolment is included, with results recorded on reverse of each sheet.

Significance

A record of apprentices, employers and results spanning 3 decades in the mid 20th century, 1940s - 1960s..

Inscriptions & Markings

All handwritten details on each card.

Pennant: Preston Technical College - Felt school pennant: Preston Technical College

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Triangular Yellow felt pennant with PTC Logo on the left side and PRESTON T.C. in blue letters across the pennant

Historical information

Preston Technical School changed its name to Preston Technical College in 1964. This pennant reflects this change of name.

Report: Education and Training for mature age people: a study in the Northern TAFE Regionm 1986

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size report with a buff coloured cover, written by M.Bernadette Keating in October 1986 for Preston College of TAFE

Trophy: CTS silver CTS 1966 - Silver trophy from Woodwork Instructors Association Model of the year 1966 won by Collingwood Technical School

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Silver trophy from the Woodwork Instructors Association Model of the year 1966 won by Collingwood Technical School

Inscriptions & Markings

WOODWORK INSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION / Model of the year - 1966 / First prize Form 3 / Won by / COLLINGWOOD TECH SCHOOL'

Photograph: CTS 1926 Football team - Photograph of Collingwood Technical School 1926 Football team with trophy cup

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Photograph, unframed, of Collingwood Technical School Football team 1926 with trophy cup.

Inscriptions & Markings

On football in the photograph: 'CHAMPIONS / 1926'. On the reverse side there is an arrow at centre top and underneath 'MR. G.E.WHITAKER / AT C'WOOD 1923 - 1946'

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

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

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