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Through the Decades

NMIT – Through the Decades

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1910s

A century of Technical and Vocational education in the northern suburbs of Melbourne was heralded by
the ringing of a cow bell throughout the tough streets of Collingwood in the winter of 1912.

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1920s

This decade was one of enormous challenge for the newly federated nation as it
went from coping with reintegrating soldiers back into the community and economy to the commencement of the Great Depression.

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1930s

Despite momentous world events such as the Great Depression and outbreak of the World War II, the 1930s witnessed increased demand for vocational education, particularly in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

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1940s

During this decade, the growth of Collingwood and Preston Technical schools was dominated by the war effort, post-war reconstruction and migration, and the reintegration of returned servicemen into the local economy.

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1950s

The biggest change at Preston Tech during this decade was the commencement of technical education for girls.

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1960s

The sixties were a tumultuous decade of hope, change and political protest. Although a dangerous time in many ways, it was a fertile decade in the sciences, arts and entertainment.

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1970s

The 1970s marked the coming of age for vocational and technical education in Australia

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1980s

The vocational training landscape changed dramatically during the 1980s.

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