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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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Broad sheet featuring a cartoon by Claude Marquet with verse by W.R. Winspear. The broad sheet was printed by Fraser & Jenkinson in Melbourne, 1917. It was authorised by J. Curtin, Secr ...Images: 1
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
Federation souvenir booklet of the Inauguration of the Australian Government, second edition. Printed by John Sands, Sydney, New South Wales.Images: 3
Large World War I recruitment poster, titled 'Always Huns', drawing a parallel between a 'hun' in the year AD 451, with wild hair, a shaggy coat, a shield and a menacing yell, and a Ger ...Images: 1
Elongated paper poster featuring colour image of three soldiers hiding behind a wall, viewed from behind, pointing rifles through gaps in the bricks across a field to trees in the dista ...Images: 1
Large World War I Australian recruitment poster, titled 'We Took the Hill. Come and Help Us Keep It'. Drawing features a wounded soldier with a bloodied head bandage, holding a rifle, a ...Images: 1
Large World War I Australian recruitment poster, titled 'The Trumpet Calls', featuring an iconic image by artist Norman Lindsay. Lindsay pictures a soldier in khaki with a bugle to his ...Images: 1
Large World War I Australian recruitment poster, titled 'Were YOU There Then?'. Features painting of woman in white with blue tie and belt, standing before a shredded Australian flag o ...Images: 1
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