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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

Magazine: Preston Technical School 1951-1969 - Preston Technical School magazine 1951-1969

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Preston Technical School: 1951 issue consists of 48 pages, with a drawing of the school building on the front cover. Preston Technical College magazine 1963-. From 1964 the cover image changed to a graphic image of Kupper's sculpture which stood in the foyer of the WJ Baker Memorial Hall. Preston Institute of Technology: Girls' section, and Boys' section also has the sculpture image on the cover. Electronic copies of PTS magazine (editions 1953-1956) have been scanned and available on CD.

Historical information

Preston Technical School opened in 1937. Magazines held include 1951-1960. The school changed its name to Preston Technical College and magazines held for this entity range from 1963-1967. Preston Institute of Technology: Girls' section magazines for 1968 and 1969. Boys' section 1968 held.

Significance

The school magazines present a record of each year's school events such as staffing, programs, outings and includie student writings and drawings, reports and photos of events and teams.

Account Book - CTS - Sports Account 1947-1957

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Green covered ledger book, with label on front "Cash Book".

Historical information

A record of accounts from January 1947 to December 1957. All accounts refer to sporting and related activities at Collingwood Technical School.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten accounts throughout. Written in blue pen on label on front cover: "Sports A/C"

Folder: Bound folder of newspaper cuttings 1960-1979, and Invitations to ceremonies and exhibitions 1935 to 1979

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Large bound folder consisting of various items pasted into it. Includes: Invitation to the Exhibition of Prahran Technical School students work on 11 November 1930. Invitation card to the laying of foundation stone of the Boot and Shoe Trade School of Collingwood Technical School on 21st February 1945. Invitation card to the Collingwood Technical School Annual exhibition of students’ hobbies on 23rd May, 1935. Newspaper cuttings dating from 14 January 1960 to 26 July 1978 related to technical education and plans for Otter Street Collingwood building . Flyer for the Collingwood Technical School Golden Jubilee of on 20 July 1962. Program for Collingwood Technical College Annual Award Night 9 December 1970. Collingwood Technical School 1971 handbook. Program for Collingwood Technical College Apprentice Award Night 22 July 1971. Invitation card and program for Official Opening of Alex & Doris Cowmeadow Wings of Camp Westlake 14 November 1971 Collingwood Technical College. Invitation and program for Collingwood Technical College Annual Award night 8 December 1971

Brochure - NMIT - Collection of brochures on Wine Education and Hospitality.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

4 brochures of varying sizes. Mainly text and colour illustrations.

Historical information

A collection of brochures on Tourism and Hospitality courses. Includes brochure on St Georges Restaurant.

Newsletter: Library bulletin NMCOT 1991-1998

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Folder of A4 size Library bulletins, numbered 31 to 88.

Account Book - CTS - Reconstruction Training Account - Annexe "B". Collingwood Technical School.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Red covered ledger book. Handwritten accounts throughout.

Historical information

A record of petty cash accounts from July 1960 to December 1971 for 'Reconstruction Training'.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten accounts throughout. No markings on cover

Brochure - PCOT - Superannuation Plan

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

7 page booklet with cream card cover

Historical information

This brochure outlines a new superannuation plan for staff of Preston College of TAFE in 1982. The plan is in association with National Mutual.

Significance

Signifies the changes to superannuation in the 1980s.

School Report Cards - PTC - Preston Technical College. Form book 1965. Comments: 1J.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Blue exercise book with Preston Technical College name and logo on front cover. Handwritten individual class reports throughout, includes a thumbnail photograph of each student.

Historical information

This appears to be a draft copy of half- yearly reports on these students, possibly handed to each teacher to make comments from which the class teacher compiled the final report.

Significance

An unofficial record of these students, as the final report sent home to parents would be the official record. It is an example of the reord keeping used in the 1960s

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: 'W. Ruzic / From Book 1965 / 1J Comments"

Report - NMIT - Achievements/ Developments. 1999, 2000.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

1999: 7 pages of text. 2000: 12 pages of text. Both editions have pale blue cover, stapled in top left corner.

Historical information

These reports give details of achievements and developments in the services offered by the Corporate Services Division and Programs Division of NMIT during 1999 and 2000.

Inscriptions & Markings

2000 edition has a circulation list handwritten on top right of cover.

Video recordings: Student Awards, Presentations, Concerts, Exhibitions 1984-1995

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Video recordings in VHS format of Student Awards, Presentations, Concerts, Exhibitions, Debutante Balls, 1984-1995. Details: Debutante Ball 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, Awards day 1990 Music Students annual concert 1989, 1991, 1993/1, 1993/2, 1994/1, 1994/2, Adv Cert 1994/1, Adv Cert 1994/2, Dr. Jazz 1995/1, 1995/1, 1995/2, Art Exhibition and Fashion parade 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988.

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"

Photographs: Collingwood Technical School 1971 Form 2 classes - Photographs: Collingwood Technical School 1971 Form 2 classes

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photographs of Collingwood Technical School 1971 Form 2 classes

Photograph: NMIT 2000- Locksmithing students

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Colour photograph of two NMIT Locksmithing students which is undated but estimated to be c2000.

Photograph: PTS Swimming team 1952 - Photograph of Preston Technical School Swimming Team 1952

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Framed Photograph of Preston Technical School Swimming Team 1952, Inter-Technical Shool 'A' Grade Championship.

Inscriptions & Markings

All named

Corporate Communications - NMIT - Corporate communications: Approved press/media releases, 2000-2001.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Printed A4 pages, loose. Bundled together in years. Set 2: Copy for circulation to staff, bundled together and tied with string. Copy 3: original newspaper clippings.

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.

Account Book - CTS - Prize Account. Collingwood Technical School, 1927-1929.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black cardboard cover with red tape spine. Internal pages ruled for accounts.

Historical information

Awards were made to the outstanding apprentice in each trade, or section of trade. There was a monetary reward. The money for the award was usually the interest on investments donated for this purpose.

Significance

The names o recipients of the prizes for 1927-1929 are recorded with the amount won. This is a record of those award winners attending CTS at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover: "Collingwood Technical School - Prize a/c. / Containing / boot and shoe class prize / Claude Guy Memorial Dux Prize / Annual prizes / Wm Reynolds Prize." Pasted on same page are explanations of prizes.

Book: The Barrier Range: a journey to Broken Hill, Ray Liversidge, 2006

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Book of 220 pages of Poetry and Prose by Ray Liversidge. Full title is The Barrier Range: a journey to Broken Hill: Burke & Wills. Published by Flat Chat Press, NMIT in 2006. ISBN 1921142030

Photograph: CTS Boxing students in Old Hall 1923

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Black and white photograph of students in boxing uniforms around a boxing ring, with two students in the ring. On reverse there is a note 'On stage in old / hall / (Hall Later burnt out) / 1923 / Sport / Boxing.

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

Staff Manuals - PTS - Staff Information and staff manuals. Preston Secondary College. 1989-1993.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Printed information manuals for staff. Bundled together 1983, 1986-1993. Some in plastic pockets.

Historical information

Specific information for staff regarding the operation and organisation of Preston Technical School at this time. Includes responsibilities of staff members.

Significance

This is a snapshot of staff regulations at this time.

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

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

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

Untitled

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Report: Student Services Dept. Student Activities and Recreation Services Review, January 2003 NMIT

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

14 page A4 size report, spiral bound. Dated January 2003

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".

Photographs: Preston Technical School 1980s Staff

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Coloured photographs of various sizes of Preston Technical School staff of the 1980s including all years from 1980-1989

Plaque - Year 7 Basketball Trophy 1984-1989.

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Timber plaque in the shape of a shield. Brass labels have been inscribed by hand. Embellishments include a picture of a basket and ball.

Historical information

This plaque records the winners of the annual inter-class Basketball competition, 1984-1989. Trophy donated by Kerry Franklin.

Significance

A record of the winning class, but there are no student names associated with this item.

Inscriptions & Markings

On main label "Year 7 Basketball Troohy / donated by Kerry Franklin". Smaller labels record the winning class for each year.

Report: Educational outline I.D.Scott Collingwood Technical College 1974

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Bound report with pale blue soft cover and CTC school logo on top left-hand of cover, written by I.D.Scott in October 1974. A second edition revised May 1975 also held. This later edition is spiral bound with a yellow cover. Reports on programs, classes, physical facilities and administration of Collingwood Technical College.

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.

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.

Photographs: Technical Schools Students displays [1950s]

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE),

Five black and white photographs of displays of student work in what could be a town hall. It is unclear whether they are of Collingwood Technical School students work or of work by Technical school students generally. They are undated but estimate they could be 1950s judging from clothes on display. The photographs were taken by Ritter Jeppesen Studios, 107-111 Lonsdale St, Melb. O.I.