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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 - [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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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

Booklet: UG and the giant's backyard by Nathan Mahney, 2005

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Booklet of 32 pages with illustrations, titled UG and the giant's backyard, written by Nathan Mahney, published in 2005 by NMIT's Flat Chat Press. ISBN 0975808419

Photographic Slides - Preston Technical School Activities 1981-1982

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

22 folders containing sets of photographic slides from 1981-1982 depicting Preston Technical School activities. Each set of slides is housed in a cut down manilla folder. Also 2 sets of unnamed slides and one short reel of staff portraits.

Historical information

Sets of slides in named folders: PTS Activities Programme. 51 col slides (processing date on slides DEC 75) 1975 Preston Technical School Camping Programme 1. 14 col slides (processing date on slides MAY/DEC 75) Preston Technical School Staff/Student Cricket match. 18 col slides (processing date on slides OCT/NOVDEC 75) Schools in! An overview of PTS . 52 col slides (processing date on slides JUL 75)1975 PTS visits Melbourne Zoo. 48 col slides (processing date on slides OCT 79) 1979 PTS Activities Programme. 24 col slides (processing date on slides MAY 75) 1975 7C Bonnie Doon Camp 1981 26 col slides (processing date on slides DEC 81) Preston Tech School Snow Trip 1981 19 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 81) Bonnie Doon Camp 1981 21 col slides (processing date on slides OCT 81) Bonnie Doon 1982 29 col slides (processing date on slides FEB 83) Canberra Year 9 1982 Part 1 40 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 82) Canberra Year 9 1982 Part 2 45 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 82) Canberra Year 9 1982 Part 3 45 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 82) Canberra Year 9 1982 Part 4 47 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 82) Scenic pictures of Canberra 1982 Part 3 35 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 82) Mt Martha Camp Year 7 1982. 72 col slides (processing date on slides MAR/SEP 82) Outdoor Education Camp Bonnie Doon 1982 Part 1. 30 col slides (processing date on slides MAR 82) Outdoor Education Camp Bonnie Doon 1982 Part 2. 32 col slides (processing date on slides MAR 82) Tasmanian Trip Year 10 1982 Part 1. 35 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 82) Tasmanian Trip Year 10 1982 Part 2. 40 col slides (processing date on slides AUG 82) Year 11 Beechworth Camp Art/History Part 1. 31 col slides (processing date on slides APR 82.) Year 11 Beechworth Camp Art/History Part 2. 44 col slides (processing date on slides APR 82.) Box of slides (no date) Slides of school areas “To use whenever guests are around” (36 slides) Loose slides (in elastic band) Various school activities. 31 col slides (processing date on slides 1982)

Significance

A visual record of activities at PTS during 1981-1982.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each folder is marked with the name of the activity and slides are marked with cataloguing details (Dewey number) from PTS library.

Brochure: NMIT A-Z guide

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size brochures. 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 titled 'The A-Z of courses at NMIT'. Other years held 2010X3, 2011X2, 2012X2.

Brochure: Education Week 1959 CTS - Brochure: Education Week and Open Days 1959 CTS

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A5 size four-sided brochure promoting Education Week 1959 and Open days at Collingwood Technical School

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.

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.

Book: The Tech: a centenary history of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1987 - The Tech: a centenary history of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1987

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Hardcover book of 495 pages with black and white photos covering the history of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Wirtten by Stephen Murray-Smith and Anthony John Dare. and published in South Yarra, Vic. by Hyland House, in 1987.

Corporate Communications - NMCOT - Media releases and Contact reports 1992-1993.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Printed A4 pages, loose. Bundled together in years.

Historical information

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

Significance

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

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.

Report: Reporting student performance in TAFE CCOT September 1987

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

One hundred and forty page A4 size report with yellow cover. Spiral bound. Subtitle: A Research Report prepared for The Victorian Technical and Further Education Board. Project Managers: Ross Gillespie and Kieran Batt. Project Research: Roslyn Verity. Produced by Collingwood College of TAFE.

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

Photographs: CTS 1943-1946 Boot and Shoe - Footwear Building - Photographs: : CTS 1943-1946 Boot and Shoe - Footwear Building

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A number of black and white photographs recording the history of Collingwood Technical School's Boot and Shoe building. This building was burnt down in 1943. Machinery valued at £14,000 was lost. Total damage was estimated at £25,000. It was the only bootmaking school in Melbourne. (Scott p.48). It was replaced by the Footwear Trades building which was constructed between 1945 and 1947. The foundation stone for the new building was laid on 21st February 1945 by the Hon. T. T. Hollway, MLA, Minister of Education. The photographs include: The original Boot and Shoe classroom [1929]-1943; The Burnt out building 1943; Six photographs of the Laying of the Foundation Stone event on 21st February 1945 by the Hon. T. T. Hollway, MLA, Minister of Education (note the band on the roof in most of these six photos); Two photographs of the progressive construction of the new building. See Scott's history p.49.

Booklet: A History of technical education in Victoria by Joe Ciavarella [1987]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size typewritten document of 22 pages, stapled together, publication date unclear but estimated to be 1987

Historical information

Focuses on Collingwood Technical School 1965-1986 and written by Joe Ciavarella as part of his Bachelor of Education course.

Book: Fairfield Hospital Victoria 1904-1954

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

8 page booklet giving a brief history of Fairffield Hospital from 1904-1954. It includes a Souvenir 'Programme of Golden Jubilee Celebrations' held on 9th October 1954, and some images

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

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Framed photograph.

Report: Preston Tech 'Bursting at the Seams' [1978]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

An A4 size spiral bound report 'Preston Tech ‘Bursting at the Seams’'. It includes: History of PTS [1969]; Brief history of the Preston Technical College 30 September 1964; Preston College of TAFE 1937-1987, 1988; Preliminary report on planning the Resource Centre at Preston Technical College by Librarian P.Stewart October 1974; Preston Institute of Technology: is the time ripe for a resource centre? report by A.Wesson, June 1974.

Prospectus - CTS - Collingwood Technical School Prospectus. Bound volumes 1913 - 1950.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

5 volumes. Bound in black with gold lettering. Each volume contains prospectus from several years.

Historical information

The prospectus for Collingwood Technical School outlines the courses available and lists staff and others associated with the school in each year. Bound volumes are 1913-1920, 1921-1929, 1931-1940, 1941-1951 and one volume covering 1913-1930.

Significance

The official record of CTS courses for the years 1913-1950.

Inscriptions & Markings

1913-1930 volume is inscribed "Presented to Mr. Richmond,/ first principal of Collingwood / Technical School on his / retirement 6/6/1930. / Durieu & Co were printers / for the school from 1912 / to 1972. (Mr Chas Durieu died 1973) / Presented to the C.T.C. by / Miss Richmond and Mrs Bell, / daughters of Mr. Richmond, on 3/3/74. / [signed Principal CTC 1974].

Report: CTS Program aims statement [1970]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

A4 size reports stapled together

Historical information

2 copies held

Corporate Communications - NMIT - Corporate communications: Media Contacts, 2001-2005.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

9 folders. Printed A4 pages. Collected in white A4 ring binders. 1 folder. Printed A4 pages. Collected in black A4 ring binder

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Photograph: CTS Staff 1968

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of Collingwood Technical School staff dated on reverse as 1968.

Account Book - CTS - Accounts 1922-1935. Collingwood Technical School.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Ledger book (no cover). Handwritten accounts throughout.

Historical information

A record of accounts from July 1922 to May 1935. Includes sundry "accounts passed for payment at monthly meetings".

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

On remaining part of spine :"Account / I"

Folder: Of documents, forms and articles used for researching the history of CTS

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Folder of articles, documents and forms on the history of CTS including: Educational reform from the end of the 19th century; Appointment of M Richmond; Classes started; Enrolments – Student Numbers; Finance Support; First Council meeting; Buildings; Sports; Notes of speech at Laying of foundation stone of boot and shoe trade school on 21st February 1945 by the Hon. T. T. Hollway, MLA, Minister of Education; Extra-curricular activities; Discipline; Certificates and Exams; Ethnic intake era 1950s, 60s, 70s; TAFE student statistics; Split with TAFE 1980s;

Folder: of copy Articles and documents on the history of Technical Education 1970-

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Manila folder of copy articles and documents used by Paul Scofield in his research on the history of Collingwood Technical School.

Register of Attendances Collingwood Technical School 1978

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Grey-blue folder with Education Department, Victoria / Technical Schools across the top. It is for Collingwood Technical School No. 7100. 'Register of Attendances during the year 1978 in the Subject of Electroplating, Apprentices + Non-Apprentices.

Photographs: Preston Technical College 1964 School Choirs

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Preston Technical School (Girls School) School Choirs of 1964

Booklet: Strategic plan 1996-1998. - Strategic plan 1996-1998. The Centre of Excellence for Students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

12 pages of text and 22 pages of appendices. Includes two inserts relating to projects and services of the centre of excellence for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Historical information

In this booklet, the centre of excellence for students who are deaf and hard of hearing outlines the support available to deaf and hard of hearing students at NMIT.

Report - NMIT - Disability Support Service. Review 2001.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

48 pages of text. Yellow title page with clear plastic cover, spiral bound.

Historical information

This document reviews approximately 5 years of disability support service at NMIT campuses. It includes survey results and organisation of the department.

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

Minutes - CTS - Minutes of Boot and Shoe Advisory Committee, Collingwood Technical School. 1930-1953.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Hard cover ring binder covered in grey fabric. Includes both hand written and typed minutes.

Historical information

This Advisory Committee deals with all aspects of training students and apprentices to work in the Boot Trade.

Significance

Minutes dealing with all aspects of the boot and shoe industry.

Inscriptions & Markings

On spine of folder: "Boot + / Shoe / Adv.Comm / Minutes"