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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 white glazed earthenware fragment from an unidentified item. Partial maker's mark includes a garter with '…T & T'. Manufacture date is circa 1805 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 2
Exterior view of the Merrigum school students stand in the entrance doorway.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Used in mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia, circa 1950. Needle used to get around the neck of a hernia, in order to tie it before sectioning tissue.Images: 1
Australia Fire Brigade, Sandhurst, Demonstration 1880 (AD) Mint: not recorded A hand-engraved silver prize medal won by W. Q. Mann of the B.C. Fire Brigade at a Fire Brigade demonstrati ...Images: 2
Australia New South Wales Manly Manly Children's Victory Celebration 1945 (AD) Mint: Angus & CooteFrom: Manly, Australia Images: 2
Australia Proof Coin Set, 1988 Mint: Royal Australian Mint, Canberra Bicentenary eight coin set of $2, $1, 50 cent, 20 cent, 10 cent, 5 cent, 2 cent and 1 cent housed in a sealed clear ...Images: 3
Image taken by A.J. Campbell in preparation for his definitive work, 'Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds including the Geographical Distribution of the Species and Popular Observations ...Images: 1
Four earthenware fragments from the base of plates. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
Lagwarrin Meteorite specimen on display in the National Museum of Victoria.Images: 1
One rim fragment from an unidentified item. Decoration is transfer print of an unidentified pattern in green. Earliest date of manufacture is circa 1818.Images: 1