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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) 1256 items
This is a prayer card issued by the Gleaners' Union.The card also functioned as an encouragement to young members to remember the Society in their prayers. On the back of the card is p ...Images: 2
Bacteriological chart used in nursing education at Ararat and Lakeside Psychiatric Institutions, circa 1930. Assists in the identification of bacterial infections. Manufactured by Aloe ...Images: 1
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
Black and white booklet titled 'Knitting for the Forces'. Cover features painted image of cheerful-looking army, navy and air force personnel. Includes patterns for three pillovers, a c ...Images: 3
Diary of Private John (Jack) Chugg, 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, AIF. The diary covers the period 24 September 1914 to 24 August 1915. The diary records Chugg's experiences at Broad ...Images: 1
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 ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
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
Letter from Andrew Fisher, Prime Minister of Australia to H. V. McKay concerning the 1911 strike. Fisher says: "I should like to meet you in reference to the harvester industrial disput ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 8
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
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