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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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One rim fragment of earthenware from a plate with scroll moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa 1930.Images: 1
One fragment of an undecorated clay pipe stem. Partial maker's mark: '…CHESTE…', '…Y. BRERE…'Images: 2
One fragment of the neck and shoulder of a dark green glass beer or wine bottle that has been manufactured in a 3-piece Ricketts-style mould (mould seams present). Manufactured after 18 ...Images: 1
Contributed by Dr Christina CheersFrom: Brunswick, Australia Images: 2
Australia New South Wales Sydney International Exhibition Prize 1879 - 1880 (AD) Mint: Sydney Awarded to: J. Wood & Sons Other Details: This large silver prize medal was awarded at the1 ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
Australia Medal - General Purpose Agricultural White Metal Prize c. 1880 (AD) Mint: not recorded Awarded to: Not issued Other Details: General purpose agricultural prize medal, made aro ...Images: 2
This is a sepia toned postcard of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building circa 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was printed in Great Britain for Valentine & Sons Publishing ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
One fragment of undecorated clay pipe stem with a partial maker's mark. Mark may read 'DE(R or P)' on one side while word on the other side ends with 'Y'.Images: 2
Black and white image of a building decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1