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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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Australia Victoria Bendigo Bendigo Juvenile and Industrial Exhibition Silver Prize Medal - 1886 (AD) Awarded to: Lightfoot, (Mr.) Other Details: Silver medal awarded to a Mr / Ms Lightf ...From: Bendigo, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a Hindu Merchant was made in Pune, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, as par ...From: Pune, India Images: 5
Australia Victoria Toorak Medal - Hall's of Toorak1983 Mint: Hafner Mint, Eltham Other: This was the second issue by Hall's of Toorak. 200 were struck and given away with the purchase o ...From: Toorak, Australia Images: 2
Enamel dinner plate used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia, circa 1910. Enamel plates were commonly used instead of china as they were more resilient and durable.Images: 1
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the dome and part of the southern facade of the building with the lake and gardens in the foreground, circa 1905. The postca ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Prepared for exhibition purposes in the Industrial & Technological Museum in 1885. It features a hand painting of the species by Miss May Vale (later Mrs. Gilfillan). Exhibited at the f ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 3
Parliament house.From: Canberra, Australia Images: 1
One fragment of an earthenware cup or mug with a hand-painted blue line. Manufactured after circa 1805.Images: 1
Italian majolica tin-glazed charger featuring an elaborate design of a partridge with flowers, manufactured by C. Tanfani, Rome, circa 1880. C. Tanfani's display of vases in majolica, ...From: Rome, Italy Images: 4