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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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Brochure - 'Easy ways to be a water saver', Department of Sustainability and Environment, October 2003. The brochure lists simple actions to save water, covering the areas of: bathroom ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 3
This letter of sympathy was one of a large number sent to his trainer and part owner Harry Telford after Phar Lap died in April, 1932. The Telford family retained the letters, and they ...From: Nicholls Rivulet, Australia Images: 1
Two-page letter bearing the logo 'V/ for Victory' to Royce, a RAAF serviceman - from Aunty, Uncle and Jim, expressing concern for Bronc, a serviceman they have not heard from, who is Li ...From: Glanville, Australia Images: 4
This letter of sympathy was one of a large number sent to his trainer and part owner Harry Telford after Phar Lap died in April, 1932. The Telford family retained the letters, and they ...From: Wairoa, New Zealand Images: 1
Brochure - 'Watersmart: Garden and homes rebate scheme', Department of Sustainability and Environment, October 2003. The brochure includes a message from the Minister for Water, John T ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
World War I diary, black-covered, written by Private Alan Horner, service no. 2033, H Company, 6th Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Division AIF, September 1914 - October 1915. The ...Images: 2
Issue of Footy Fan magazine for the week of 18 July 1964. During the 1960s and 1970s, short-run publications such as Footy Fan and Footy Week provided fans with information about games ...Images: 2
Dietary chart outlining daily allowances for Patients and Attendants in Victorian Hospitals for the Insane, 1st February 1910, approved by the Governor of Victoria and Executive Council ...Images: 1
This is a copy of the 1958 Yarra Y's, Men's club, Christmas bulletin.Images: 1