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Corporate entry Working Men's College (1882 - 1933)

8 May 1882
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
23 November 1933
Melbourne, Victoria


Although it was not until 1887 that the first students attended the Working Men's College, the College had been in planning since 8 May 1882, when the concept was approved by the Trades Hall Committee (now the Trades Hall Council), and a financial committee was established. The Working Men's College was created to teach technical trades. In 1933 the College was renamed, becoming the Melbourne Technical College.


 1882 - 1933 Working Men's College
       1933 - 1954 The Melbourne Technical College
             1954 - 1960 Royal Melbourne Technical College
                   1960 - 1992 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
                         1992 - RMIT University

Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • James Alexander Smith - Papers, 1878 - 1933, MS 11370; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Murray-Smith, Stephen and Dare, Anthony John, The Tech. A Centenary History of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Hyland House, Melbourne, 1987, 495 pp. Details

Online Resources

Ailie Smith