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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 971 - 980) 1264 items
Temporary leave granting Sapper Alfred Galbraith permission to leave camp to visit Cairo. The pass is written in pencil on graph paper, and is dated 1916. Born in Maryborough, Sapper ...From: Cairo, Egypt Images: 2
The Melbourne Land Company Ltd. Scrip issued to H.B. Higgins Esq. of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [Registered Office not listed] 31 August 1888 100 Shares Capital: 100,000 Pounds in ...
Coloured certificate presented to Wilton P. C. Smith by the Borough of Wangaratta, 1 January 1901 on the Inauguration of the Australian Commonwealth. It was printed by Mason, Firth & Mc ...From: Wangaratta, Australia Images: 3
Colour invitation sent to Mr and Mrs JL Menzies. The invitation is to the Royal Review held at Flemington racecourse on Friday 10 May 1901. It was printed by Sands & McDougall. The Men ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
Letter to six-year-old Ethel Kemp from her father Private Albert Edward Kemp, who was serving on the Western Front during World War I. He was killed six weeks later, on 21 September 191 ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 5
Premier Permanent Building Land & Investment Association Scrip issued to Alfred Champion of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [Registered Office not listed] 17 February 1887 20 Shares Capi ...
Letter to Alfred Galbraith's Father from the A.I.F. containing the location of the grave of Alfred Galbraith. Enclosed with the letter were photographs of the grave. Galbraith was burie ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Official printed fold-out souvenir map of the route of the 1934 London to Melbourne Air Race. Includes lists of entrants in the speed and handicap sections of the race, not all of whom ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 3
Carbon Copy of a letter from H. V. McKay to W. M. Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia, 10 March 1922. H. V. McKay has thoughts over a recent conference and confirms his faith in collec ...From: Sunshine, Australia Images: 2