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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) 2891 items
One head and shaft of a cut iron alloy nail. Manufacturing period is from circa 1805.Images: 1
One almost complete cut iron alloy nail. Precise head type cannot be determined due to rust and encrustation. Manufacturing period is from circa 1805.Images: 1
Four fragments of carbon rod. Two have a pointed contact point at one end. Either from batteries or arc lighting.Images: 1
One earthenware fragment from the rim of a plate. Decoration is a thick and thin band of light blue hand painted under glaze near the rim and a thin light blue band near the shoulder. M ...Images: 1
One earthenware fragment possibly from a saucer. Decoration is transfer print of an unidentified pattern in green.Images: 1
One piece of carbon rod with a pointed contact point at one end. Either from batteries or arc lighting.Images: 1
One earthenware cup fragment. The decoration is a violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One porcelain cup fragment. The decoration is light blue applied sprig in a grapevine pattern. The manufacture date range is circa 1820 to the late 19th century.Images: 1
One earthenware saucer rim fragment. The decoration is a violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One worked bone shaft that is from a bobbin, knitting needle or crochet hook.Images: 1