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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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Postcard featuring black and white image of peak Rigi-Kulm with hotel building, Switzerland. It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 16 April 1907, all addr ...Images: 2
Postcard featuring black and white image of villagers at village well in Bombay, India and includes a handwritten message. It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1 ...Images: 2
Postcard featuring black and white image of a river scene in the perie bush in King William's Town, South Africa. It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 1 ...Images: 2
Hand-written letter from Lil to Royce Phillips, an RAAF serviceman based at the Exhibition Building during World War II. It is dated 13 January from Glanville in South Australia. In the ...From: Glanville, Australia Images: 4
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World War I memoir written by Lieut. Jack H. Pike describing his sea voyage over and his stay in Egypt, Italy and France, 1917-1918. He titles the work 'A Trip Home to the Great War'. T ...Images: 0
Sheet music for the 'White Australia' song, composed by W.E. Naunton with words by Naunton and H.J.W. Gyles, and performed at the Australian Natives' Association National Fete, 31 Janua ...
Menu for the meal that was served at the Conversazione, hosted by the Government of Victoria at the Exhibition Building on 7 May 1901. The menu was printed by E. Whitehead & Co, Melbour ...
Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Ltd. Scrip issued to John Brown of Geelong, Victoria, Australia [Registered Office not listed] 10 January 1889 50 Shares Capital: 1,000,000 Pounds i ...
Poem by N.B. McKay concerning the end of the strike over compulsory trade unionism at Sunshine. Presumably refering to the 1911 strike. Part of the H.V. McKay Archive which includes an ...From: Sunshine, Australia Images: 3