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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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Australia 75th Anniversary of Australian Federation 1976 (AD) Mint: Heaton & Sons Other Details: This is one of a set of seven silver commemorative medals made in Birmingham, England fo ...Images: 2
Australia New South Wales Medal - Macleay River Agricultural Association Silver Prize Mint: not recorded, Artist: E. Altmann Awarded to: Kerrigan, W. Other Details: Macleay River Agric ...
One medium-green glass bottle-base fragment. The bottle has been manufactured in a mould that had a separate base plate. Broad manufacture date range of mid-19th century to circa 1900.Images: 1
The first recorded wire nail making machine was developed by Adolph Feliz Brown of New York in 1851. Wire nails were first imported into Australia in 1853. By the 1870s, improvements in ...Images: 1
One light-green glass, bottle-base fragment. Has a partial maker's mark "I 98' or '86 I'. Has been manufactured in a mould that had a separate base plate. Broad manufacture date range ...Images: 1
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Aircraft History The Boomerang is a remarkable example of Australian adaption and innovation in response to a crisis. In December 1941, the outbreak war with Japan exposed an almost to ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
Australia Victoria Laying of the Foundation stone, Melbourne Town Hall 1867 (AD) Mint: Stokes, T. Other Details: This medal is one of 26 made to mark the occasion of the laying of the f ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Melbourne Centenary of Royal Exhibition Buildings 1980 (AD) Mint: not recorded Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV) Other Details: Medal issued by the Numsimatic ...
Australia Victoria Melbourne Medal - Victorian Intercolonial for Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition Bronze Prize 1875 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Martin Other Details: This is a commemorative m ...
One earthenware plate rim fragment . Pattern is blue transfer print 'Wild Rose'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1820 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1