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Principal Patrons: Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Blainey and Patron: Mayor of Boroondara, Cr. Jim Parke

Camberwell Historical Society Inc. is a volunteer organisation whose purposes are to foster historical interest and knowledge of the former City of Camberwell: to compile and keep historical records of the district; to promote the interchange of information among its members by lectures, discussions, excursions and other activities; to facilitate liaison with other history groups in the district and to participate in community projects.

Next Meeting

Speaker: Ken James

Tuesday 28th June 2016 8.00pm

Topic: These walls speak volumes:
a history of the Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria

VENUE: The Meeting Room, Camberwell Library,
340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
Parking available on Inglesby Road



The book, These Walls Speak Volumes by Ken James and Pam Baragwanath, is considered to be the definitive reference on the various Mechanics Halls and Institutes dotted around Victoria. More than 1,000 buildings were established in Melbourne, its suburbs and country towns from the early part of the 19th century. Each Victorian township’s mechanics hall or institute provided meaningful dedicated re-education to the local residents. Ken James is going to speak about the role of the Mechanics’ Institutes in the society of the time.


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