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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 12061 - 12070) 12430 items
Group of about twenty-five students in three lines, the front line kneeling or sitting holding their hats.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
One earthenware fragment probably from a plate. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Has a tiny portion of a maker's mark but insufficient for identification. Manufacturing date ran ...Images: 1
One earthenware plate fragment. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment possibly from a serving dish. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Two earthenware plate rim fragments. Transfer print is blue/grey 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment from a chamber pot. Decoration is brown transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1816 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One fragment of the finish of a case gin dark green glass bottle. The finish is a flared 'pig snout'.Images: 2
One earthenware saucer base fragment. Decoration is blue/grey transfer printed 'Fibre' pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1805 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Group of twelve children (girls) with one adult, probably their teacher.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
One fragment from the base of a light green glass torpedo shaped soda bottle. Manufactured after 1814.Images: 1