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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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Items per page: 10 50 (showing 12091 - 12100) 13500 items
Three earthenware fragments from an unidentified item. Transfer print is blue/grey 'Rhine', probably manufactured in the latter part of the 19th century.Images: 1
Australia Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York 1901 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: Gilt medal issued to commemorate the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall a ...Images: 2
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View of the interior of the lower half of the input/output distribution unit of the CSIRAC computer on display at Caulfield Institute of Technology where Trevor Pearcey, who pioneered ...From: Caulfield, Australia Images: 0
One base fragment of an earthenware item, either a small plate or saucer. Decoration is transfer print of an unidentified pattern in violet. Earliest date of manufacture is circa 1814.Images: 1
One finish and neck from a light green bottle. The finish has been tooled and would have been manufactured between circa 1820 and circa 1920.Images: 2
One fragment of a high-fired earthenware item, probably a cup or mug. Decoration is transfer print (appears slightly flown) of an unidentified pattern in violet. Earliest date of manufa ...Images: 1
One fragment of dark green glass from a case bottle.Images: 1
View towards Methodist Church (in background) along road. One person is seen standing and a horse drawn vehicle approaches in the middle distance.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Australia New South Wales Picton Medal - General Purpose Agricultural Silver Prize c. 1880 (AD) Mint: E.A. Altmann Other Details: This medal was prepared for sale as a general purpose a ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Melbourne Visit of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York 1901 (AD) Mint: Stokes Other Details: Gilded Copper medal issued to commemorate the visit of the Duke and Duc ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2