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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 of a series of glass slides, related to the teaching of Pitman Shorthand in Melbourne, probably at Zercho's Business Colleges, Collins Street, about 1900. The glass slides were acq ...Images: 1
Certificate printed by Mason, Firth & McCutcheon commemorating the Inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1 January 1901. It was presented to Leslie Anderson by the Town of Esse ...Images: 1
'Welcome' badge created to commemorate the United States Fleet Visit to Australia in July 1925. The fortnight long visit of the US Fleet from 26 July to 6 August 1925 still represents ...Images: 1
Publication titled 'Despatches from the Right Honorable the Secretary of State for the Colonies relative to the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880', printed by John Ferres, Govern ...Images: 2
No. 1 Kodak Jr camera and leather case, manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, 1914-1915. The camera was used by Sister Selina Lily (Lil) Mackenzie to record her ...Images: 1
Type series from the Royal Exhibition Building western forecourt archaeological dig, prepared by Christine Williamson in 2010. Type series include: bottle bases, bottle finishes, button ...Images: 18
Alternative Name(s): Plane Model, Aeroplane Model Model of a First World War German bomber made in white metal by the donor's husband (believed to be Private John Stedwell) while he wa ...Images: 2
'A' reserve ticket for a pro conscription demonstration held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Monday 10 December 1917 at 8 pm. Authorised by James Hume Cook, Federation and Gene ...Images: 2
'C' reserve ticket for a pro conscription demonstration held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Monday 10 December 1917 at 8 pm. Authorised by James Hume Cook, Federation and Gene ...Images: 2
This banner was painted in 1912 by Nelson Wood for the Bakers' Carters' Association, South Australian Branch.Images: 4