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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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Double-sided page from The Australasian Sketcher, Saturday, 24 July 1880, pp.163-64, published by Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne. Page 163 includes a small article describing the arriva ...Images: 1
Official catalogue for the 1935 International Jubilee Motor Show, held at the Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens, between 13-22 June 1935. Large exhibitors included Austin, Buick, B ...Images: 2
Publication titled 'Australian War Memorial Museum: The Relics and Records of Australia's effort in the Defence of the Empure, 1914-18', printed in 1925 at which point the war museum wa ...Images: 7
Musical programme for the reception held by the Government of Victoria in honour of Albert and Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of York, at the Exhibition Building, 28 April 1927. Fourte ...Images: 4
Publication titled in full 'Illustrated Official Handbook to the Aquarium, Picture Galleries and Museum Collections under the control of the Exhibition Trustees, also description of Cyc ...Images: 3
Coloured lithographic print titled 'The Melbourne Centennial Exhibition, 1888', produced as a supplement to the Australasian newspaper on 4 August 1888 by Troedel & Company, lithographe ...Images: 1
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Framed original print, with hand-written annotations, titled 'The Melbourne International Exhibition 1880/ Plan of Gardens'. The print is framed in a maple eye wooden frame with a green ...Images: 0
Hand coloured wood block engraving title page of the British illustrated newspaper, The Graphic, Saturday September 14, 1888, No. 981 Vol. XXXVIII. The illustration shows the opening ce ...Images: 1
Black and white wood block engraving from The Australasian Sketcher, 9 August, 1888 p. 121, published by Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne. Five different scenes show the installation of var ...Images: 1
Hand coloured wood block engraving from the front page of the Illustrated Australian News Special Exhibition Number, No. 294, Melbourne, Saturday, 9 October, 1880, pp. 177-78, published ...Images: 1