It has been quite a learning curve this week. Prior to commencing my research, all I knew about Mechanics Institutes was what I knew from growing up in country
Next step in the research process was to revisit the web page of the Prahran Mechanics' Institute Library. (http://www.pmi.net.au/about.htm) Their page had a useful history section which contained information about the formation of the movement. A search of their online database told me they held copies of the titles recommended by the Mechanics Institutes of Victoria web page. My membership arrived in the post on Friday and on Saturday morning I headed in to Prahran to see what I could find.
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What a fabulous resource! They proved to be a goldmine of information and I can’t thank the librarian Christine Worthington enough for her time and assistance. The following title, Rediscovering Mechanics Institutes: Australian Mechanics Institutes Conference 2000 featured a paper given paper by Dr Alex Tyrell from
It is safe to say the early History of Mechanics' Institutes in
is a fairly specialised subject. I struggled to find information in local library catalogues and databases. I had much more success going directly to the source- the Mechanics Institutes of Victoria web page as a starting point and the Prahran Mechanics' Institute Library, (which I am sure will prove to be invaluable as my research continues.) Next week the focus of my research will be the spread on Mechanics Institutes into the colony of Great Britain . At least now I feel I know where I will be able to locate the best resources available. Victoria
Peers, R 2001, Adult education: a comparative study viewed 25 August 2010, <http://books.google.com.au/books?id=7bSSUOex-5cC&printsec=frontcover&dq=peers:+a+comparative+study+of+adult+education&hl=en&ei=nUp6TKinIM6HceLx8JIG&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false>
Victorian History Library Prahran Mechanics Institute, viewed 26 August 2010, <http://www.pmi.net.au/about.htm>
Tyrell, A 2000, British Origins of Mechanics’ Institutes, in Rediscovering Mechanics Institutes: Australian Mechanics Institutes Conference 2000, Dept of Infrastructure,
O’Farrell, P 2000, A Pioneering Mechanics Institute: Foundation of the Edinburgh School of Arts, in Rediscovering Mechanics Institutes: Australian Mechanics Institutes Conference 2000, Dept of Infrastructure, Melbourne, pp. 11-19.