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Public Life & Institutions Collection
Image: Model - Captain Cook's Cottage, Cyril Noisette, Icing, 1934
Source: Museum Victoria
The lives of all Victorians are shaped by organisational and institutional structures in the public sphere. Such structures are dynamic, always in the process of creation, redefinition, maintenance, and change.
While some individuals may have the opportunity to participate in the creation of some of these structures, and to influence their direction, others suffer under, negotiate with or react to them. Groups of people may then combine to bring about changes to the ways the structures operate and develop.
This collecting field is concerned with communal and institutional activities in the public sphere in Victoria since 1835. Material evidence generated as a result of particular forms of public, cultural, political and institutional activity in Victoria is collected to document distinctive forms of urban and regional life.
The collection focuses on the operation of particular structures at particular times, and also on the processes of change, continuity, reaction and adaptation. Sub-themes include celebrations and festivals; political history; charity and welfare; ritual and belief; and images and icons of Melbourne.
It also illustrates the events and patterns that help us define and understand Australian identity in all its complexity and diversity. A wide range of material has been gathered from many organisations and institutions, both active and inactive.
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One finish and partial shoulder of a dark green glass case bottle. The finish has been down tooled and would have been manufactured between circa 1820 and circa 1920.Images: 2
The first recorded wire nail making machine was developed by Adolph Feliz Brown of New York in 1851. Wire nails were first imported into Australia in 1853. By the 1870s, improvements in ...Images: 1
Plate Camera - Reflex, Field, Thornton Pickard, circa 1920. Thornton Pickard Patent number 6238.12 See Supplementary File for an advertisement: "The Special Ruby: the High-Class Reflex ...From: Altrincham, United Kingdom Images: 1
One rim fragment possibly from a cup or mug. Decoration is a brown sponged pattern. Manufactured after circa 1830.Images: 1
Tin dish used in the kitchen of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1900Images: 1
One finish and neck from a medium green glass beer or wine bottle. The finish has an applied string rim and the lip has been flamed. The neck of the glass has twisted striations and the ...Images: 2
Two earthenware plate rim fragments from two separate items. The decoration is a violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th centu ...Images: 1
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A non-original sign used as one of 21 signs (42 sides) within Cole's 'Little Men'. Inscriptions on sign (one per side): COLE OF THE BOOK ARCADE Is as informative as it is Entertainin ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
Australia Victoria Melbourne International Exhibition Commemorative Medal 1888-9 (AD) Centennial International Exhibition Bazaar 6d Voucher Mint: Stokes & Martin Other Details: An gilt ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2