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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 Tasmania Longford Queen Victoria Jubilee medal 1887 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Martin Artist: Harry Stokes Medals presented by W. H. D. Archer, Warden Other Details: Queen Victoria's ...From: Penola, Australia Images: 2
Maroon plastic bucket used in a psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia, circa 1970Images: 1
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
Group of people posing for photograph outside a church. Young girl at bottom left is holding a small white bag. This photograph is a group portrait from Athanasia Papageorgiou and Kons ...Images: 1
This photograph shows Christine and Robert Mierisch's wedding, Fitzroy Gardens 1975. Christine is wearing a Mexican wedding dress bought in an antique shop. Mavis Mierisch, her mother-i ...From: East Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Cast iron mortar circa 1860 used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria AustraliaImages: 1
Australia New South Wales Brisbane Commonwealth Games - Archery 1982 (AD) Mint: Amor Other Details: A gilt medal issued by M.R. Roberts to commemorate the Brisbane Commonwealth Games. I ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Portland Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1887 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Sons Other Details: Medal issued in 1887 by the Town of Portland to celebrate the 50th jubilee of Queen Vi ...From: Portland, Australia Images: 2
Black and white image of a group of uniformed nurses with convalescent children, posed in front of the Westgarth Fountain in the grounds of the Melbourne Exhibition Building, 1919. Fol ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1