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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 1984 (AD) Issue number 209 Type 40 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 200 struck in bronze and given to cust ...
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1984 (AD) Issue number 80, Type 18 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 100 struck in copper and given to custome ...
Australia Fire Brigade, Sandhurst, Demonstration 1880 (AD) Mint: not recorded A hand-engraved silver prize medal won by W. Q. Mann of the B.C. Fire Brigade at a Fire Brigade demonstrati ...Images: 2
Australia Proof Coin Set, 1988 Mint: Royal Australian Mint, Canberra Bicentenary eight coin set of $2, $1, 50 cent, 20 cent, 10 cent, 5 cent, 2 cent and 1 cent housed in a sealed clear ...Images: 3
One rim fragment from an unidentified item. Decoration is transfer print of an unidentified pattern in green. Earliest date of manufacture is circa 1818.Images: 1
Four earthenware fragments from the base of plates. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
Three conjoining white glazed base fragments possibly from a bowl or jug. Partial maker's mark, including a garter, and registry mark. Registry mark is of a form used between 1842 & 186 ...Images: 2
Australia Commemorative medal Jubilee1887 (AD) Mint: not recorded Struck in white metal The fiftieth anniversary of the ascension of Queen Victoria was celebrated with enthusiasm throu ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Fire Brigade Jubilee 1887 OR Fire Brigade Demonstration 1888 (AD) This medal is undated but depicts the fire reel of 1887/12 and 188/15 Mint: Stokes & Martin Other De ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1983 (AD) Issue number 72, Type 14 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 100 struck in gilding metal and given to ...