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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) 2720 items
One earthenware plate rim fragment. Decorated with a scroll moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa 1930.Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment possibly from a chamber pot. The decoration is a violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment from a large item, possibly a platter. Decorated with an unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 1840s and ...Images: 1
One large piece of a white-glazed porcelain telegraph or telephone pole insulator. Manufactured after circa 1835.Images: 1
One earthenware fragment possibly from a jug. Decorated with an unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa 1930. This item ...Images: 1
One porcelain white glazed doll arm, just missing fingers. Attached to a cloth-bodied doll.Images: 1
Two base and rim fragments of a white-glazed plate. Date range of manufacture is circa 1805 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1
One finish and neck fragment from a light blue glass bottle. The bottle has been made in a mould that has at least 2 parts and the finish is flared out.Images: 2
One earthenware plate rim fragment. Decorated with an unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa 1930.Images: 1
One finish and neck from a light green bottle. The finish has been tooled and would have been manufactured between circa 1820 and circa 1920.Images: 2