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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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Medal awarded by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Royal Agricultural Society, 2nd prize for an Australian sparkling wine, to Hans W.H. Irvine 1903. Hans William Henry Irvine, ...
This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the dome of the building through the Carlton Gardens, circa 1909. The postcard, which was sent as a Christmas greetin ...
Australia Victoria Toorak Medal - Hall's of Toorak1984 Mint: Hafner Mint, Eltham Other: This was the fifth issue by Hall's of Toorak. 1000 were struck and given away with the purchase o ...From: Toorak, Australia Images: 2
One fragment of an earthenware plate rim. Decoration is an unidentified pattern in blue transfer print. Manufactured after circa 1805.Images: 2
Gilt bronze medal presented in 1945 to the children of the City of Melbourne to commemorate victory in the Europe-Pacific war. It features featuring the conjoined busts of George VI & E ...
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaImages: 1
This is the May 1959 newsletter of the George Williams Club, Melbourne. The George Williams Club was associated with the Y.M.C.A.From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1984 (AD) Issue number 100, Type 23 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 50 struck in brass and given to custo ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a Bricklayers Labourer was part of a series of 82 Indian clay figures purchased from Stubb and Co for £9.10 in 1867 b ...From: Pune, India Images: 1