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Centenary archive to showcase memories of NMIT

22 Mar 2013

As part of its Centenary celebrations, NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) will be holding a showcase from its newly established Fairfield campus Archive Centre this Wednesday.

The showcase is happening during Celebrate TAFE week at NMIT which seeks to raise awareness of the importance of TAFE in providing Victorians with access to high quality vocational training.

The event will feature guest speaker, Daniel Wilksch, who is the Chair of Museums Australia (Victoria) and Co-Coordinator of Digital Projects at Public Records of Victoria. Daniel will speak about importance of archives.

Also speaking will be NMIT staff member and historical researcher, George Eraclides, who will be speak on “the rise and rise of NMIT”.

The event will be attended by NMIT CEO, Andy Giddy, members of the NMIT Board, Associate Directors and staff. Displays include historical artefacts including photos, old Collingwood Technical School uniforms and memorabilia dating back to before the First World War. Key artefacts include the handwritten sign that sat on the front fence of Collingwood Technical School announcing the opening the school which reads “The Collingwood Technical School will be opened 15th July 1912. Full particulars at Office”; images of the foundation Principal, Mathew Richmond; and the ornamental trowel used to lay the foundation stone to the first Collingwood Tech extension in 1923. The trowel was used by the then Minister for Public Instruction, Sir Alexander Peacock and the NMIT archive also includes a newspaper clipping from the 1923 foundation stone event.

The showcase is inspired by the NMIT centenary theme, 100 Years. One Million Stories, with displays featuring:

• building stories
• principals' stories
• staff stories
• student stories
• stories of the war years
• future stories.

NMIT traces its origins back to the establishment of the Collingwood Technical School in 1912 and the subsequent amalgamation of the Preston and Collingwood Colleges of TAFE (formerly Preston and Collingwood Technical Schools) in 1988.

What: NMIT Centenary archive showcase.
When: Wednesday 24 October, 3 - 3.50 pm.
Where: NMIT Fairfield campus.

Interview/photo opportunity

Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.