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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 1987 (AD) Issue number 291 Type 94 Mint: Hafner Other Details: 300 struck in gilding metal and given to customers who ...From: Eltham, Australia Images: 2
Black and white image of a building decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1
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Original Anemometer observations from Melbourne Observatory, of 9:42am 29 May 1912 to 9:45am 30 May 1912. Anemographs measure wind speed and velocity. These measurements were, and rem ...From: South Yarra, Australia Images: 0
One fragment of dark green glass from a case bottle.Images: 1
The Carnival Wood Day of 1914 was organised by Councillor J. R. B. Brien and Mr George Brien, of Grand View, Wangandary, to raise money for local charities. Farmers and wood cutters wer ...From: Wangaratta, Australia Images: 1
Aternative Name: Token Issued: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Medal, Cole's Book Arcade, Federation of the World, Truth, circa 1885. This gilt medal is one of a series of medals offeri ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
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
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
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaImages: 1