Taradale Mechanics' Institute
(1858-present)

Aged 161

Commemorated on 1 plaque

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MIV Historical Plaques Program #0004

Taradale Mechanics' Institute. Established on this site c. 1858. 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. 4 in the MIV series, was unveiled in 2004.

Calder Highway, Taradale, Victoria, Australia where it sited