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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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This is a sepia postcard of a floral arrangement in the Carlton Gardens, circa 1917. The postcard, which is unused, was made in Germany and depicts a shield, a kangaroo and an emu above ...
Black and white image of a small truck decorated as a float for a street parade. There is a large mantel clock and a large kettle in the back of the truck.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1
Church (unknown) interior decorated with flowers for the wedding.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building, showing the southern facade and lake circa 1902. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Great Britain by Valentine & Sons Pu ...
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1987 (AD) Issue number 355 Type 129 Mint: Hafner Other Details: 1000 struck in brass and given to customers who purch ...From: Eltham, Australia Images: 2
Aternative Name: Token Issued: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Medal, Cole's Book Arcade, Federation of the World, Religion, circa 1885. This gilt medal is one of a series of medals off ...
Projector for glass slides, circa 1910. Used in a psychiatric hospital in Victoria, Australia. Could possibly be hand-made. Many psychiatric institutions had viewings for the patients ...Images: 1
Australia Tasmania Launceston Medal - Launceston Industrial Exhibition 1886-7 (AD)From: Launceston, Australia Images: 2
Australia New South Wales Broken Hill Visit of Lord Beauchamp, Governor of New South Wales, to Broken Hill, October 1899 (AD) William Lygon , 7th Earl of Beauchamp, was Governor between ...Images: 2