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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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Hand coloured wood block engraving from the front page of the Illustrated Australian News Special Exhibition Number, No. 294, Melbourne, Saturday, 9 October, 1880, pp. 177-78, published ...Images: 1
Black and white wood block engraving from The Australasian Sketcher. 6 September, 1888, p. 140, published by Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne. The engraving depicts the view eastwards down ...Images: 1
Black and white engravings and text from The Australian Sketcher, 6 Nov 1880, pp. 295-96, published by Wilson & McKinnon, Melbourne. Page 295 consists of three columns of news and artic ...Images: 1
Black and white engravings and text from The Australian Sketcher, Saturday, 20 November 1880, pp. 315-16, published by Alfred May and Alfred Martin Ebsworth for Wilson & McKinnon, Melbo ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Face Powder Powder compact based on a military peaked cap. Its original powder puff is missing. It appears to be World War I-era, based on the style of the cap. Th ...Images: 7
Catalogue of an exhibition of 'Official War Photographs' arranged by the Australian War Museum, Exhibition Building, Melbourne, in 1921. Although the War Museum opened officially to th ...Images: 4
Invitation to the Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on 9 May 1901 sent to Mr George Frederick Michael and Lady, Secretary of the Shire of Woorayl, by His Majest ...Images: 1
Coloured printed invitation to an evening reception held at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on the evening of 9 May 1901 at which the Duke and Duchess of York & Cornwall were in att ...Images: 1
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Return list of gross receipts of the Exhibition of Fine Arts, held in the Great Hall of the Library and Museum in the Autumn of 1869. The receipt list was printed by John Ferres, Govern ...Images: 0
Flyer printed on fragile brown paper, announcing the showing of 'Two Great Keystone Comedies': 'Fatty and Mabel's Washing Day' (the correct title is 'Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day') and 'L ...Images: 1