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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): Plane Model, Aeroplane Model Model of a First World War German bomber made in white metal by the donor's husband (believed to be Private John Stedwell) while he wa ...Images: 2
'A' reserve ticket for a pro conscription demonstration held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Monday 10 December 1917 at 8 pm. Authorised by James Hume Cook, Federation and Gene ...Images: 2
'C' reserve ticket for a pro conscription demonstration held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Monday 10 December 1917 at 8 pm. Authorised by James Hume Cook, Federation and Gene ...Images: 2
This banner was painted in 1912 by Nelson Wood for the Bakers' Carters' Association, South Australian Branch.Images: 4
Epson talking typewriter acquired from Royal Institute of the Blind, Victoria, Australia, manufactured by Epson, United States of America, in the 1980s. The typist could hear the messag ...Images: 1
Programme printed to commemorate the Pioneers' Ball held at the Town Hall in Melbourne on 17 October 1934. It was printed by Ramsay Publishing. In 1934, as Melbourne planned to celebr ...Images: 1
Field Service postcard post stamped 1st Australian Infantry Brigade Field Post Office (1st AUST. INF. BDE. FIELD P.O.) addressed to a Mrs M. Jones, 8 Hastings Rd, Hawthorn. It is date-s ...Images: 2
Model of a cable tram grip car or 'dummy' and trailer or saloon car similar in design to the type used in Melbourne from 1885 to 1940, by the Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company and lat ...Images: 5
'Business as usual' is a postcard from the "Patriotic" Series V range of card, published by the Inter-Art Company, London, during the First World War. The image on the front depicts ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Autograph Album World War I period autograph book with gilt edged pages and floral cloth covers, with dated entries on every page, together with war-related ink s ...Images: 1