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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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Special issue of the magazine Punch, published to commemorate the Royal Visit to Australia for the opening of the Australian Parliament on 9 May 1901. It features a story that chroni ...Images: 10
Silk souvenir printed with welcome to T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, who undertook a tour of Australia in 1901 that coincided with the opening of the first Commonweal ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Souvenir Handkerchief Souvenir handkerchief of Australian Federation, 1901. Features Queen Victoria, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall & York and Lord and Lady Hopet ...Images: 1
Silver Lighthouse paperweight, presented to Mr W.H. Richardson by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB) in 1937. The lighthouse was adopted by the RVIB as its emblem in 192 ...Images: 3
Federation souvenir booklet of the Inauguration of the Australian Government, second edition. Printed by John Sands, Sydney, New South Wales.Images: 3
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
Gentlemen's season ticket to attend the Victorian Exhibition in Melbourne in 1861, and the subsequent International Exhibition in London, 1862. Housed in ornate gilt binding by William ...Images: 2
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