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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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Black and white postcard depicting a group of German soldiers relaxing in front of an unknown building. The caption on the back indicates that the photo was taken in Romania in December ...Images: 2
Flyer printed on fragile brown paper, announcing the showing of 'Two Great Keystone Comedies': 'Fatty and Mabel's Washing Day' (the correct title is 'Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day') and 'L ...Images: 1
Stereograph showing a German procession passing under the German Arch, Melbourne, which took place in May 1901. The image was published by the photographer George Rose. The opening of ...Images: 1
Wooden plaque featuring an image of Horticultural Hall, created as a souvenir of America's first International Exhibition (World's Fair) the Centennial Exposition. Held in Philadelphia ...Images: 2
Souvenir edition of 'The Star' newspaper published to celebrate the visit of HRH the Duke of Gloucester to Australia in 1934. The special edition, titled 'Royal Centenary Visit: The S ...Images: 38
Section of cast iron 'lacework' retreived from the Federal Coffee Palace that was originally built in 1888, by James Mirams. It later became The Federal Hotel. The hotel was demolished ...Images: 1
Decorative invitation to the Australasian Federal Convention Banquet to be held on 20 January 1898 at the Melbourne Town Hall. It was issued to Mr Herbert Power and was printed by Sand ...Images: 1
Broad sheet featuring cartoons by Claude Marquet with verses by R. J. Cassidy. The broad sheet was printed by The Worker Print in Sydney in 1917, by the No Conscription Council Campaign ...Images: 2
Broad sheet featuring a cartoon by Claude Marquet with verse by W.R. Winspear. The broad sheet was printed by Fraser & Jenkinson in Melbourne, 1917. It was authorised by J. Curtin, Secr ...Images: 1
Poster illustrating the flight paths of the London to Melbourne MacRobertson Race, 20 October 1934. Published by The Flying Dutchmen Publishing Co. - The Hague (Holland). The race was p ...Images: 1