Last updated:

August 15, 2022

To celebrate 150 years of public education in Victoria, we're shining a spotlight on the institutions that have provided young people with vocational training and hands-on learning since the late 19th century.

From bootmaking to cyborg physiology, we delve into the fascinating history of technical education across Melbourne and the regions. The stories include an architect on a mission to banish darkness from the classroom, the domestic studies college seeking to elevate the art of folding laundry and love letters thrown across the divide known as 'no man's land' at Preston Tech.

Tech School brings together stunning archival photographs, sourced from Public Record Office Victoria’s collection, alongside original documents and hand-painted building plans.

 

Open Monday to Friday 10am - 4:30pm, as well as every second and last Saturday of the month. On until October 2022.

 

Location

Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne

 

Image Gallery

RMIT painting class on roof. c1960s. Created by the Education Department, VPRS 14517/P0001/16, G850, Negatives of Photographs [Publications Branch]

 

 

Athenaeum Theatre, the old Mechanics' Institute. c1930s. Created by the Education Department VPRS 14517/P0001/8, E397, Negatives of Photographs [Publications Branch]