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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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Alternative Name(s): Trench Rats, Rats of the Trenches Pressed silver-coloured metal badge featuring a rat in profile, in deep relief. The badge is inscribed 'Rats des Tranchees 1914-1 ...Images: 2
Large paper poster featuring outline of soldier wearing peaked cap and holding rifle parallel to his body, and bold inscription against yellow background: 'Be Ready / Join Now'. The pos ...Images: 1
Sepia coloured 'Intercolonial Exhibition 1866' photographic card, depicting Governor Arthur's circa1830 proclamation to the Aborigines, published by Thomas Ellis & Co., photographers, M ...Images: 2
Black & white postcard of the 'Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia', showing the southern facade of the building from the south-west, circa 1904. The postcard is in issued condit ...Images: 2
Hand-coloured 'Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne', postcard from the Philco Series, no.1040A, published by the Philco Publishing Company, Holborn Place, London. The postcard has been issu ...Images: 2
Type-written sheet in red ink accompanying and describing the Van Diemen's 1830 proclamation reproduced as a sepia coloured postcard for the Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition 1866, by ...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