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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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Large World War I recruitment poster, titled 'Always Huns', drawing a parallel between a 'hun' in the year AD 451, with wild hair, a shaggy coat, a shield and a menacing yell, and a Ger ...Images: 1
Elongated paper poster featuring colour image of three soldiers hiding behind a wall, viewed from behind, pointing rifles through gaps in the bricks across a field to trees in the dista ...Images: 1
Large World War I Australian recruitment poster, titled 'We Took the Hill. Come and Help Us Keep It'. Drawing features a wounded soldier with a bloodied head bandage, holding a rifle, a ...Images: 1
Large World War I Australian recruitment poster, titled 'The Trumpet Calls', featuring an iconic image by artist Norman Lindsay. Lindsay pictures a soldier in khaki with a bugle to his ...Images: 1
Large World War I Australian recruitment poster, titled 'Were YOU There Then?'. The poster features a woman in white pointing to a shredded Australian flag on a pole, asking the view ...Images: 1
Large paper poster entitled 'Boys Come Over Here / You're Wanted', featuring a soldier in khaki, carrying a pack and holding a rifle with bayonet. He looks into the distance, with his h ...Images: 1
Official Guidebook for the 1954 International Motor Show, which was held at the Royal Exhibition Building from 1-10 April 1954. The guidebook was sold for 1/6.Images: 3
Official Guidebook for the 1950 International Motor Show, which was held at the Royal Exhibition Building from 27 April to 6 May 1950. The guidebook was sold for 1/-d.Images: 3
Official Guidebook for the 1949 International Motor Show, which was held at the Royal Exhibition Building from 12-21 May 1949. The guidebook was sold for 1/-d.Images: 3
Hurrican Medal, Issued by, Barbados, 1831. Authorised by Lieutenant General Sir James Lyon, Governor of Barbados.Images: 2