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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 12381 - 12390) 13330 items
Two earthenware platter rim fragments. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One earthenware fragment probably from a cup. Decoration is transfer print of an unidentified pattern in green.Images: 1
Group of about twenty-five students in three lines, the front line kneeling or sitting holding their hats.
Lake and hall in grounds of Melbourne University. Wilson hall in the background.From: Carlton, Australia Images: 1
One fragment of an earthenware item, probably a jug or chamber pot. Decoration is a blue sponged pattern. Manufactured after circa 1830.Images: 1
Three earthenware plate rim fragments. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One earthenware base fragment from an unidentified item. Decoration is blue flow ware in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date after circa 1835.Images: 1
Soldier of the Victorian Mounted Rifles standing with his horse.Images: 1
Group portrait of about thirty music students.
Group portrait of six women standing at easels painting.