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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 Malvern Opening Of Shire Hall, Malvern, 1886 1886 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: This medal was issued for the occasion of the opening of the Shire Hall in Ma ...From: Malvern, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Port Phillip Farmers Association Silver Prize Medal 1863 (AD) Mint: not recorded Awarded to: Mr. Thomas Aitken Other Details: Prize medal awarded to Mr. Thomas Aitken ...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
Australia Western Australia Jubilee Queen Victoria 1897 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout th ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Two pieces of white-glazed earthenware from the rim of a plate (both are from the same item) with a scroll moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 18 ...Images: 1
One fragment of an earthenware pot lid, probably a cosmetic pot. Elaborate label is a polychrome transfer print. Manufactured after circa 1840.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): WORLD'S ONLY BOOK SHOP WITH A CAGE OF LIVE MONKEYS. READ COLE O ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
Headstone in cemetery: 'Loving memory of Thomas Frederick Whitford who died Aug.12th 1920 aged 15 years & 3 months. Sleep on dear Fred'.Images: 1
Family group portrait of about thirty people (adults) dressed in their best clothes.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Family group portrait.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1