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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 2431 - 2440) 2914 items
One earthenware fragment probably from a cup. The decoration is a violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One light-green glass, bottle-base. Bottle shape is square with chamfered corners. Has been manufactured in a mould that had a separate base plate. Broad manufacture date range of mid-1 ...Images: 2
Three conjoining fragments probably from a cosmetic jar lid although it appears to be oblong and larger than the usual circular lids. Elaborate label is a polychrome transfer print. Man ...Images: 1
One earthenware fragment from an unidentified item. The decoration is a purple transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One light-green glass, bottle-base and body fragment. Has been manufactured in a mould that had a separate base plate. Maker's mark on the base incorporates the letter 'S'. Broad manufa ...Images: 3
Seven fragments of a stoneware bottle with cream Bristol glaze. The date range of manufacture is circa 1835 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
Two earthenware plate base fragments. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
One base fragment of a stoneware item (either a bottle or container) with cream Bristol glaze. The date range of manufacture is circa 1835 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One light green glass bottle base fragment. Shape of bottle is oblong with chamfered corners. Was manufactured in a vented mould with a separate base plate, suggesting it was made after ...Images: 2
Five stoneware fragments either from a container or bottle, with cream Bristol glaze. The date range of manufacture is circa 1835 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1