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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 1 - 10) 4030 items
Official guide to 1939 Home and Building Exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne from Februrary 17th to March 4th 1939, promoted by the Board of Publicity, Building ...Images: 6
Piece of shrapnel was accompanied by an envelope which states that it was from a German mine laid by the disguised merchant raider SMS Wolf near Gabo Island in 1917.Images: 5
Scroll type destination signs like this were first introduced on Melbourne's trains from 1919 when electrification of the first suburban lines was completed. The signs were mounted behi ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Brooch; Medal on Brooch Mount Badge consisting of gilt bronze and enamel medal on brooch mount. Would have been worn by a supporter of Federation. Although the Com ...Images: 2
Decorative brass tin sent by Princess Mary to members of the British, Colonial and Indian Armed Forces for Christmas 1914. Over 426,000 of these tins were distributed to those serving o ...Images: 2
Official catalogue for the International Motor Show at the Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne 1976. The event was sponsored by the Australian Automobile Dealers Association (Victoria), und ...Images: 3
Catalogue 'The Annual International Motor Show, 1952', issued for Annual International Motor Show, held from 23 April - 3 May 1952. The show was under the control of the Chamber of Auto ...Images: 3
Catalogue 'The Annual International Motor Show, 1938', issued for 12th Annual International Motor Show, held from 19 - 28 May, 1938. The show was under the control of the Chamber of Aut ...Images: 3
Catalogue for the International Motor Racing & Sports Car Show, published by Shipping Newspapers (Vic.) Ltd, 1970.Images: 1
Official guide book to the 1956 Motor Show held at the REB in April that year.Images: 3