~PRAHAN MECHANICS' INSTITUTE-
Victorian and Local History Library
The Prahran Mechanics Institute began
in 1854 as a meeting place for local the community and a centre for adult
education. It was the origin of the Prahran Technical School. later
Prabran TAFE. Today its circulating library, one of the oldest in
Victoria, survives as a specialist in Victorian and local history.
The Victorian and Local History Collection consists of 8000 volumes, mostly secondary sources, some rare and out of print. The library is constantly adding to its stock of information resources. The collection includes general histories of places in Victoria plus histories of schools, churches, businesses, hospitals, clubs, bands, transport, police, crime, wars, mining, and people.
Serv ices: Material from the collection is available for loan, of 3 weeks, but can be extended over the telephone. Items may be reserved and renewed free of charge. A small overdue fee applies for late returns. Reference assistance is provided at the library, over the telephone or via email. Interlibrary loans are available.
Membership : Annual fee of $9.00($7.00 concession) Institutional membership $22.00
Library Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 1 pm.
Location: 140 High St, Prahran. Phone: (03) 9510 3393. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Library of the Australian Institute
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has a Family
History Unit. The Unit began as an Aboriginal Biographical Index
(ABI) of names. Its aim was to provide a brief biographical entry
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people referred to, or depicted
in published or unpublished material held in the Institute's collections.
The Family History Unit can assist any one of Indigenous heritage with his or her family history research. This involves both
traditional genealogical records as well as records that are specific to Indigenous Australians.
Resources available at the Library and the Family History Unit include: BDM Indexes of all states and territories, the ABI
(which is searchable online through the AIATSIS Library catalogue, Mura http-llmura.aiatsis.gov.au);
Archive indexes of the Aboriginal Welfare Board/Aboriginal Protection Board and the Colonial Secretary Blanket return lists and Protector's reports; State Library of NSW online indexes to Dawn, New Dawn, Our AIM and Koori Mail, Indexes to the Tindales genealogies; a collection of rare books with references to early settlement in the colony, and a huge collection of unpublished materials lodged by grantees.
The Family History Unit has a website www.aiatsis.gov.au/lbrylfmly_hstrylfmly_hstry_hm.htm that contains valuable fact sheets and links to records guides of value to people with an Indigenous background. Address: AIATSIS, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula,
ACTON, ACT. Postal Address: GPO Box 553, Canberra, ACT, 2601. Free- call-- 1800 730 129. E-rnail: family@aiatsis,gov.au
Fax.. 02 62614287,