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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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Original Anemometer observations from Melbourne Observatory, of 9:46am 28 May 1912 to 9:40am 19 May 1912. Anemographs measure wind speed and velocity. These measurements were, and rem ...From: South Yarra, Australia Images: 0
'Methodist picnic'. Group photograph of the Methodist congregation at a town picnic event.
Portrait of girl holding a 'retain' music theory book.
'Pupils and teachers. S. S.'. Group photograph of the pupils and teachers outside the school.
Three fragments of dark green beer or wine bottle glass.Images: 1
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaImages: 1
One plate base fragment. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
'Federation of the World, the Government of Right' gilt medal issued by Cole's Book Arcade, circa 1885. It is one of a series of medals offering maxims and proverbs issued by E.W. Cole ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4