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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 National Medal (Specimen) The National Medal recognises 15 years of service by individuals in government organisations such as ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and pol ...Images: 2
Australia Queensland Brisbane 1877 (AD) Mint: Sydney? Awarded to: T. Robinson & Co. Other Details: The National Agricultural and Industrial Assocation of Queensland awarded this medal f ...From: Brisbane, Australia Images: 2
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaFrom: Gordon, Australia Images: 1
Australia Miniature of the National Medal (Specimen) The National Medal recognises 15 years of service by individuals in government organisations such as ambulance, correctional, emerge ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1984 (AD) Issue number 190 Type 50 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 200 struck in gilding metal and given ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
One fragment of cream Bristol glazed stoneware from either a container or bottle. The date range of manufacture is circa 1835 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a Bombay Fisherman was made in Calcutta or Pune, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition i ...From: Pune, India Images: 5
Prepared for exhibition purposes in the Industrial & Technological Museum in 1885. It features a hand painting of the species by Miss May Vale (later Mrs. Gilfillan). Exhibited at the f ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Medal holed for wearing issued to mark the 8 hour movement in 1884. Action taken by stonemasons on 21 April 1856 led to the establishment of the Eight Hour Day, with the government agr ...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