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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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Items per page: 10 50 (showing 81 - 90) 13500 items
Metal ring with yellow metal face. Souvenir of Yser, inscribed '14/17', referring to World War I battles that took place there in 1914 and 1917. The Yser is a river that flows from t ...Images: 1
Officer's full dress tunic, which was worn by Major Robert McKeeman Oakley, an officer in the Victorian Artillery Garrison from 1892-1901, and in the Australian Garrison Artillery from ...Images: 3
Epaulette (shouldercord), which was worn by Robert McKeeman Oakley from 1904 when he was promoted to Major. Robert McKeeman Oakley was an officer in the Victorian Artillery Garrison, fr ...Images: 1
Special issue of the magazine Punch, published to commemorate the Royal Visit to Australia for the opening of the Australian Parliament on 9 May 1901. It features a story that chroni ...Images: 10
Silk souvenir printed with welcome to T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, who undertook a tour of Australia in 1901 that coincided with the opening of the first Commonweal ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Souvenir Handkerchief Souvenir handkerchief of Australian Federation, 1901. Features Queen Victoria, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall & York and Lord and Lady Hopet ...Images: 1
Silver Lighthouse paperweight, presented to Mr W.H. Richardson by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB) in 1937. The lighthouse was adopted by the RVIB as its emblem in 192 ...Images: 3
Federation souvenir booklet of the Inauguration of the Australian Government, second edition. Printed by John Sands, Sydney, New South Wales.Images: 3
Alternative Name(s): Trench Rats, Rats of the Trenches Pressed silver-coloured metal badge featuring a rat in profile, in deep relief. The badge is inscribed 'Rats des Tranchees 1914-1 ...Images: 2
Large paper poster featuring outline of soldier wearing peaked cap and holding rifle parallel to his body, and bold inscription against yellow background: 'Be Ready / Join Now'. The pos ...Images: 1