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Rediscovering Mechanics' Institutes

Australian Mechanics' Institutes Conference 2000, Friday & Saturday 17 & 18 November 2000, The Melbourne Athenaeum, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne.



by Dr Frank Hurley


Rediscovering the Past

Dr Alex Tyrell | La Trobe University

British Origins of Mechanics' Institutes


Professor Patrick O'Farrell | Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

A Pioneering Mechanics' Institute: Foundation of the Edinburgh School of Arts


Professor Philip Candy | Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Ballarat University

Australian Mechanics' Institutes


"Those Fountains of Knowledge" - MIs and Education


Dr Stuart Dawson | Victoria University of Technology

Useful Knowledge and Lifelong Learning


Dr Roger Morris | University of Technology Sydney

The Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts and the Formal Establishment of Technical Education in NSW


Dr Adrian Haas

Mechanics' Institutes and Schools of Mines in Australia


"Mental and Moral Improvement and Rational Recreation"


Dr Michael Talbot | State Library of South Australia

Dancing by Moonlight and All Sorts of Fun: an Illustrated Celebration of South Australia's Institutes


Brian Galligan and Winsome Roberts | University of Melbourne

By the People for the the People: the Role of Mechanics' Institutes in Local Civics from Colonialism to Federation


Dr Peter Mansfield | Central Highlands Regional Library Corporation

The Management of Libraries in Ballarat between 1851 and 1900


"More than a Place of Amusement" - Some Local Institutes Considered


Cr Linda Barraclough | Wellington Shire Council

Hidden Treasure: The Library in the Briagolong Mechanics' Institutes


Pat Sanders and Len Peeler | Kyneton Historical Society

Kyneton Mechanics' Institute, The A.N.A. and Federation


John Murphy | Leongatha Historical Society

Mechanics' Institutes of South Gippsland


Kay Rowan | Port Phillip Library Service

The Rise and Demise of the Mechanics' Institutes in Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and St Kilda


Our Future


Graham Dudley | Local Government Division, Department of Infrastructure

Victoria's Mechanics' Institutes Community Partnerships Program


Cathy Milward-Bason, Prahran Mechanics' Institute

North American Mechanics' Institutes


Conference Program



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