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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 11861 - 11870) 12706 items
One earthenware rim fragment probably from a saucer. Decoration is hand painted under glaze bands in red and green (two thin red bands with a thin green band on either side). Made after ...Images: 1
Highly-coloured certificate issued by the Sunday School Branch of the Young Australia Temperance league, part of the Independent Order of Rechabites (I.O.R.) in Melbourne. The certifica ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
One rim fragment of an unglazed terracotta plant pot.Images: 1
Two conjoining earthenware plate rim fragments. Transfer print is blue/grey 'Rhine', probably manufactured in the latter part of the 19th century.Images: 1
One facetted square clear glass lustre with one metal attachment still present. From a chandelier or lustre.Images: 1
One earthenware handle fragment from an unidentified item. Decoration is blurry black transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1805 to circa mid-20th century ...Images: 1
One earthenware plate fragment. Transfer print is blue/grey 'Rhine', probably manufactured in the latter part of the 19th century.Images: 1
One base and rim fragment of a small porcelain dish. The decoration is hand painted over glaze and the item was manufactured in China.Images: 1
One base and body fragment of a porcelain egg cup with a single thin band of gilding (may have been more on the rim). This type of cheap gilded decoration was manufactured from the mid- ...Images: 1
Black and white image of a small truck decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1