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Memories from the 1920s now added to NMIT Centenary website

15 Nov 2011

It seems that NMIT students have never been afraid to speak their minds...

During the 1920s, the playground at Collingwood Technical School ran along Johnston Street. One notable and regular passerby was the Catholic Archbishop, Dr. Daniel Mannix, who often walked from his Kew residence, 'Raheen', to the Catholic Cathedral in East Melbourne. On one such occasion Mannix stopped to chat to some of the boys from the Technical School. After some conversation the Archbishop asked the group of boys if they knew who he was. “Yes”, replied one of the boys, "I know Sir ... You're the bloke who drives Garson's hearse."

(From a letter written in 1960 by former CTS Principal, Alex Strang, to CTS Principal, J.V. Shelton.)

You can find out more about what Collingwood Technical School was like in the 1920s and the rise of vocational education in Victoria by visiting the NMIT's Centenary website at .

For the latest on the 1920s click on the relevant decade in the Through the Decades section and don't forget to check out the Our Stories section to read about two remarkable Collingwood staff members who started in the 1920s.


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