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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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One of a pair of Satsuma compotes decorated with birds & chrysanthemums. Manufactured in Japan in the early Meiji period (1872-1880), by Kinko-zan, Kyoto, Japan. Satsuma ware is a typ ...From: Carlton, Australia Images: 6
Medal awarded to Thomas Bent at the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition (Official Record, p.1103). Bent was a land speculator and politician, marred by corruption, and at the time ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a Hindu Clerk was part of a series of 82 Indian clay figures purchased from Stubb and Co for £9.10 in 1867 by the Nat ...From: Pune, India Images: 5
Decorative glass vase manufactured by Compagnia Venezia-Murano (CVM), Venice, Italy, circa 1880. It is probable this piece was made by members of the Seguso family who worked for CVM. ...From: Venice, Italy Images: 5
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
Medal awarded by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Royal Agricultural Society, 2nd prize for an Australian sparkling wine, to Hans W.H. Irvine 1902. Hans William Henry Irvine, ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Group photograph taken in the Merrigum School grounds.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Wall chart depicting physiology of human ear and brain, circa 1940. Used in nursing education at Ararat and Lakeside Psychiatric Institutions, Victoria, Australia.Images: 1
Black and white image of a service station decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1
Australia New South Wales Sydney Medal - University of Sydney Large Bronze Prize c. 1900 (AD) Mint: Sydney Other Details: This bronze University of Sydney Prize medal was minted around ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2