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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 Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1985 (AD) Issue number 230 Type 60 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 1939 struck in brass and given to cust ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1987 (AD) Issue number 353 Type 127 Mint: Hafner Other Details: 1000 struck in brass and given to customers who purch ...From: Eltham, Australia Images: 2
Three almost complete cut iron alloy nails. Precise head types cannot be determined due to rust and encrustation. Manufacturing period is from circa 1805.Images: 1
Contributed by Ms Dimitra BirthiselFrom: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
One earthenware base fragment probably from a plate or small platter. Transfer print is grey 'Rhine', probably manufactured in the latter part of the 19th century.Images: 1
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1984 (AD) Issue number 155, Type 37 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 200 struck in gilding metal and given ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Aternative Name: Token Issued: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Medal, Cole's Book Arcade, Federation of the World, the Government of Right, circa 1885. This gilt medal is one of a serie ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade from Rathdowne Street circa 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was printed as part of the Victoria S ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Portrait of girl holding a 'retain' music theory book.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
'Methodist picnic'. Group photograph of the Methodist congregation at a town picnic event.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1