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Prahran Technical School plate glass negatives


Prahran Technical School plate glass negatives




Prahran Technical School


This collection of photographic images on glass forms part of a larger collection of records discovered in 1996 in a storeroom that was locked and unopened for over 40 years at the Prahran Mechanics Institute (PMI). The PMI had a close working relationship with the Prahran Technical School (PTS). The collection is unique in that is a complete archive of a Victorian technical school spanning from it’s establishment in 1915 to it’s evolution as a college of Advanced education in 1974 with a separate school of TAFE in 1975.

The records include council minutes, principal’s correspondence, cash books, student records, course information, publicity, student magazines, staff records and photographs. The purpose of the photographic collection is unknown but it is likely to have been used to promote the activities of the school possibly as block images for inclusion into published prospectuses. Similar images from earlier dates can be found on a school prospectus held by the Stonnigton Archives. While the collection is undated we can presume it to be from the 1930s.

The collection was donated by the Prahran Mechanics Institute to Deakin University Archives which had existing collections of records relating to the PTS.

Student made work could be purchased by the public, but the records reveal they were more commonly purchased by the students themselves. Deakin University Archives also holds applications for purchase and sale dockets for such works.

Scanned images of plate glass negatives held in Deakin University Archives' Burwood repository. This full archival collection can be found at Archives On The Web.


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Deakin University Archives Series DUS216/39

Items in the Prahran Technical School plate glass negatives collection

Graphic design work titled "Visit the Grampians"
Prizes for poster advertising were awarded to students in the art classes. In 1931 judging for the award was done by Mrs Isabel Tweddle and Mr George Bell, artists of high repute for a poster advertising the Tweddle Hospital Dance.

Tapestry (peacocks)
Needleworking was introduced at Prahran Technical School in 1916 . An article in the Prahran Telegraph notes Miss B. Blackmore, a lecturer from Moorefields College, London, and an Inspector under the University of London came to Prahran Technical…

Student working with machine
An electroplating machine was an important purchase. The Argus from 17 December, 1925 notes the purchase of a silver plating plant enabled students to be trained in all grades of decorative metalwork. 'This department has been particularly successful…

Student with large mural 5
The artist painting this mural is likely to be Frank Carter, a long serving instructor in art who was also enrolled as a student. Other staff enrolled as students included Henry Higgins the cleaner who studied metalwork, Roy Field a part time…

Student working at machine
Metalworking was introduced in 1916. A school report from 1929 notes 'The schools good relations with local firms led to many boys being placed in employment with first class firms'