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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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Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a Brahmin Woman was made in Calcutta or Pune, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1 ...From: Pune, India Images: 4
Photo shows various types of machinery and gates on display at the H.V. McKay stand at the Sydney show with earth engaging machinery in the foreground and harvesting machinery in the ba ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 1
Australia St Paul's Geelong Jubilee 1854-1904Images: 2
Australia Victoria Medal - Opening of Direct Railway Heidelberg & Collingwood to Melbourne 1901 (AD)From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
One fragment of slate roofing or damp-coursing tile.Images: 1
Tortoise shell from an Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans), native to the dry scrub land jungles of southern India and Sri Lanka. The upper, or back, convex part of any tortoise ...From: Carlton, Australia Images: 4
Ormolu garniture with Japonisme style decoration manufactured by Achille Brocot in France circa 1880. The garniture comprises a mantel clock and two dummy candlesticks. Paul Brocot (of ...From: Paris, France Images: 6
One fragment of unidentified light grey stone that has high mica content. The piece is flat and may be part of a tile.Images: 1
Australia Victoria Bendigo Fire Brigade Demonstration, Sandhurst 1886 (AD)From: Bendigo, Australia Images: 2