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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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The first recorded wire nail making machine was developed by Adolph Feliz Brown of New York in 1851. Wire nails were first imported into Australia in 1853. By the 1870s, improvements in ...Images: 1
One plain (undecorated) fragment of clay pipe stem with a partial maker's mark ('65'). Manufactured by Thomas White & Co of Edinburgh, Scotland, who were in production between 1823 and ...Images: 2
One base and rim fragment of a porcelain saucer with one thin gilded band. This type of cheap gilded decoration was manufactured from the mid-19th century.Images: 1
One plain (undecorated) fragment of clay pipe stem with a maker's mark 'TO. WHITE & C…' '..DINBURGH'. Was manufactured by Thomas White & Co of Edinburgh, who were in production between ...Images: 3
One earthenware body and rim fragment from a large jug. The decoration includes a moulded floral design around the rim and spout and a violet transfer print in an unidentified floral pa ...Images: 1
One complete penny ink well with cream Bristol glaze manufactured by Charles Crop of London, England. The date range of manufacture is circa 1835 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One almost complete (missing finish and part of neck) light green glass torpedo shaped soda bottle. Manufactured after 1814.Images: 1
One clay pipe stem with a maker's mark: 'C. CROP', 'LONDON'. Was manufactured by Charles Crop of London between 1856 and circa 1891.Images: 3
One dark green glass beer or wine bottle base. Maker's mark 'C S & L'. Was manufactured in a vented mould with a separate base plate, suggesting it was made after circa 1874 but before ...Images: 3
Thomas Holloway was a merchant, whose firm started at The Strand and moved to Oxford Street in 1867 then Southwark Street in 1909.Images: 2