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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 Victoria Fire Brigade Jubilee 1887 OR Fire Brigade Demonstration 1888 (AD) This medal is undated but depicts the fire reel of 1887/12 and 188/15 Mint: Stokes & Martin Other De ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Melbourne Medal - Centenary of the 1888 International Exhibition and Australian Bicentenary, 1988 A silver medal struck with mirror-proof fields and matt relief to c ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Municipality of Kalgoorlie Victory Medal, issued by Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1945 to commemorate the end of World War II. Minted by Sheridan.From: Kalgoorlie, Australia Images: 2
Wooden stereoscope (incomplete) circa 1880 used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia. Used for viewing photographs to create an illusion of 3 dimensions. A recreational act ...Images: 1
One earthenware fragment from the base of a plate. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 2
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1984 (AD) Issue number 149, Type 23 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 25 struck in pewter and given to cust ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Australia New South Wales Sydney Opening of Sydney Opera House medal 1973 (AD) Mint: Jason Traurig, Sydney Other Details: Zinc medal minted by Jason Traurig, Sydney, to commemorate the ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
Medal to commemorate Victory and the conclusion of World War 1939-45, 15 August 1945, Western Australia.From: Perth, Australia Images: 2
One high-fired earthenware fragment from an unidentified item. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1