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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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Three earthenware fragments possibly from a jug or chamber pot. Decoration is violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Four earthenware plate rim fragments (all seem to be from different items). Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
One white glazed earthenware saucer rim fragment. Decorated with a scroll moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa 1930.Images: 1
A muti-tiered wedding cake with glass vase, flowers and veil.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
View of unknown church building - possibly Merrigum.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment, possibly from a plate. Decoration is violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Four earthenware fragments from unidentified items. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
Two conjoining earthenware fragments from either a serving bowl or dish. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
Black and white image of a building decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1
Black and white image of a service station. A car is stopped next to a petrol pump.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1