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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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Letter of sympathy that was one of a large number sent to trainer and part owner Harry Telford after Phar Lap died in April, 1932. The Telford family retained the letters, and they were ...Images: 6
Part of a medal group awarded to WO/2 W.J. Channon, VX 18392: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star (bears bronze oak leaf for Mentioned in Dispatches), Defence Medal 1939-45, War Medal 1939-45, an ...Images: 2
Australian Comforts Fund gift diary. Bound in red cloth. Unused. Dated 1919.Images: 2
Great Britain Meritorious Service Medal - King George V Mint: Royal, London Specimen medal with mount Instituted on 19 December 1845 for army warrent officers and sergeants for long a ...Images: 2
Australia New South Wales Sydney Sydney Royal Show Souvenir 1948 (AD) Mint: Angus & Coote Angus & Coote of 500 George Street Sydney were silversmiths, jewellers, watchmakers and optic ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
Marriage Certificate for Archibald Gordon Maclaurin and Constance Duffel, dated 1st January 1934. Archie was born in 1904 in Westham London. He trained as a printer and sought work in ...From: Essendon, Australia Images: 1
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Volume three of the diary of Sergeant Major Gilbert Payne Mulcahy, 6th Australian Infantry Brigade Headquarters. The diary covers the period 14 October 1917 to 18 July 1918. Sergeant ...Images: 0
Australia Antarctica Medal - Antarctic Research Expeditions, Mawson, Davis, Casy Department of Supply c. 1977 Mint: Royal Australian Mint Awarded to: Not issued Other Details: Medal awa ...From: Canberra, Australia Images: 2
This letter of sympathy was one of a large number sent to his trainer and part owner Harry Telford after Phar Lap died in April, 1932. The Telford family retained the letters, and they ...From: Kings Cross, Australia Images: 1
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1984 (AD) Issue number 167, Type 23 Mint: Brim Artist: Hafner Other Details: 100 struck in bronze and given to cus ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2