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Tallarook Mechanics Institute : 12-11-2013
Tallarook Mechanics Institute : 12-11-2013
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Mechanics Institute of Victoria plaque commemorates the restoration of the building.

The purpose of the MIV Historical Plaques Program is to inform the public of the history of Mechanics' Institutes in Victoria and also give a snippet of history about the individual Institute. The idea of putting a plaque on Mechanics' Institute Halls was advanced by Committee member Alan Tonkin in 1999. Committee member Paul Permezel brought it to reality in 2003 and since then plaques have been installed to mark special occasions within Institutes all across the State. These plaques have been used to commemorate a significant date in the history of an Institute or town; be it an anniversary, or a significant renovation or restoration project.

Note; The Tallarook Mechanics Institute was badly damaged by fire on the 5th May, 2018. There are plans for the building to be demolished and rebuilt. 


Address:Main Road, Tallarook Mechanics Institute, Tallarook, 3659
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.095662
Long: 145.101779
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 6th April, 2003
Front Inscription

Mechanics Institute of Victoria Inc (MIV)
Tallarook Mechanics Institute
Established on this site 1891.

The Mechanics' Institute movement began in British urban industrial centres in the early 1800s. A "mechanic" was a person applying skills and technology. During the 19th century, most towns in Victoria established a Mechanics' Institute or Athenaeum with a library and meeting hall. Common objects were the "spread of useful knowledge" and provision for "rational recreation" in the community.

This plaque, No. 3 in the MIV series, was unveiled on 6 April 2003 to mark the restoration of this building.

Source: MVIC, MA
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