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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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The Jeffree telescope in the Astrograph House at Melbourne Observatory, circa 1960. The Jeffree Telescope was built in the 1930s at the Bendigo Railway Workshops, and purchased by the ...From: South Yarra, Australia Images: 1
Part of a large photographic collection of glass plate and film negatives, photographic prints and photo albums, relating to the development of the electric power supply industry in Vic ...From: Warrenbayne, Australia Images: 1
One porcelain saucer rim fragment. The decoration is light blue applied sprig in a grapevine pattern. The manufacture date range is circa 1820 to the late 19th century.Images: 1
Eight conjoining earthenware fragments from the base and rim of a mid-sized oblong/oval platter. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa ...Images: 1
Government Printing Office Handicap cup 1864-1867. Made by William Edwards of Melbourne in sterling silver. Victorian volunteer forces in the second half of the 19th century engaged in ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
One earthenware fragment, possibly from a serving bowl. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to present.Images: 1
One finish from a dark green beer or wine bottle. The finish has been tooled and would have been manufactured between circa 1820 and circa 1920.Images: 2
Green wooden top, or 'latoo', made in India, where the donor, Robert Hart, was raised. Tops like this could be bought in the market from a wood turner. The harder the wood was, the bett ...Images: 3
Pink La Mode girdle with panels down back. Made and used circa 1950. Collected from a psychiatric hospital in Victoria, Australia. May have been used by a patient or staff.Images: 1
Australia Victoria Bendigo Mint: not recorded Other Details: Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition Bendigo Commemorative medal, minted 1901-02. This medal was struck on a press set up in th ...From: Bendigo, Australia Images: 2