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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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Sabbath School Jubilee Celebration, 1889. Medal issued to commemorate a Sabbath School 50th jubilee celebration in 1889. It was commissioned by Mrs C. Palmer. 1839 was a signficant year ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Three conjoining earthenware white-glazed plate base fragments. Manufacture date is circa 1805 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Two conjoining pieces of a white-glazed high-fired earthenware item, possibly a jug. Moulded design is 'basketweave'. Moulding and ware are typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured bet ...Images: 1
Australia Victoria Melbourne Australia Federated, 1901 1901 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: The Federation of the colonies in 1901 to form the Commonwealth of Australia was an oc ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Group photograph taken in the Merrigum school grounds featuring a large Union Jack flag.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Australia New South Wales Sydney Royal Society Prize 1884 (AD) Mint: not recorded Awarded to: Abbott, W.A. Other Details: This medal was awarded to W.A. Abbott in 1884 by the Royal Soci ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
One rim fragment of a cream coloured porcelain tea cup with two thin gilded bands, one on the rim and one approximately 1.5cm below the rim. This type of cheap gilded decoration was man ...Images: 1
Australia Victoria Sandhurst Silver Prize Medal of Sandhurst Industrial Exhibition 1879 (AD) Mint: not recorded Awarded to: Gosewinkle, E.A. Other Details: This is a prize medal from th ...Images: 2
Contributed by Mr Frank ParkFrom: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1