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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 3511 - 3520) 4000 items
Imari plate featuring a distinctive pinwheel design with a peony and foliate border, produced by Hichozan Fukagawa in Arita in the late Edo - early Meiji period (1856-1875). The signaut ...From: Carlton, Australia Images: 5
Clear glass jar containing Dragon's Blood used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. Dragon's blood is a red resin prepared from fruits of climb ...Images: 1
Scientific Name: Eucalyptus stellulata Family Name: Myrtaceae Specimen Collection Location: Victoria This Timber Sample was prepared for exhibition purposes in the Industrial & Techn ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of two men carrying a palanquin was made in Lucknow, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition i ...From: Lucknow, India Images: 9
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a pack laden bullock was made in Pune, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, as ...From: Pune, India Images: 6
This wax model is based on a specimen presented to the museum by John Harbison of Essendon in 1875. The model was made by museum artist Thomas McMillan in 1875 for display at the 1876 C ...From: Essendon, Australia Images: 1
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Scientific Name: Eucalyptus tereticornis Family Name: Myrtaceae Specimen Collection Location: Victoria This Timber Sample was prepared for exhibition purposes in the Industrial & Tech ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
This is a black & white postcard of Melbourne showing the southern facade of the Exhibition Building and the Melbourne General Post Office, circa 1910. The postcard, which was made by W ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 2