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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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Items per page: 10 50 (showing 11641 - 11650) 13500 items
Black and white image of shopfronts decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1
One fragment of finely ribbed clear window glass.Images: 1
Part of a large photographic collection of glass plate and film negatives, photographic prints and photo albums, relating to the development of the electric power supply industry in Vic ...From: Milawa, Australia Images: 1
One fragment of an unidentified earthenware item. Decoration consists of three thin silver bands bordered by slightly thicker gold bands on either side. This type of cheap gilded decora ...Images: 1
Australia Victoria Port Phillip Farmers Association Silver Prize Medal 1858 (AD) Mint: not recorded Awarded to: Mr. M. McLellan Other Details: Prize medal awarded to Mr. M. McLellan for ...Images: 2
One fragment of unglazed terracotta. May be a piece of pipe.Images: 1
Glass plate negative of a seated military man in Australian military uniform, possibly taken by Melbourne photographer, Mr Robert Harvie, most likely around World War I. Robert Willia ...Images: 1
Australia New South Wales New South Wales Centennial 1888 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Martin Other Details: New South Wales gilt bronze centennial medal, issued in 1888. The obverse features Ne ...From: Melbourne, Australia 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
Two earthenware fragments from a cup or mug (appear to be from the same item). Decoration is blue flow ware in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date after circa 1835.Images: 1