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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 21 - 30) 8075 items
Black and white postcard depicting a group of German soldiers relaxing in front of an unknown building. The caption on the back indicates that the photo was taken in Romania in December ...Images: 2
Stereograph showing a German procession passing under the German Arch, Melbourne, which took place in May 1901. The image was published by the photographer George Rose. The opening of ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Trench Rats, Rats of the Trenches Pressed silver-coloured metal badge featuring a rat in profile, in deep relief. The badge is inscribed 'Rats des Tranchees 1914-1 ...Images: 2
Hurrican Medal, Issued by, Barbados, 1831. Authorised by Lieutenant General Sir James Lyon, Governor of Barbados.Images: 2
Black and white photograph of three Boer generals standing near a tent in South Africa during the Boer War, circa 1900. The image was taken by photographer Van Hoepen who had a business ...Images: 1
1 Keping, Issued by Malaysia, Singapore, Sultana, 1804Images: 2
Sepia image of Hope Black nee Macpherson taken at the conferring of her degree at Melbourne University in April 1946, showing her with fellow student George Gordon and five other family ...Images: 1
Sepia image of Hope Black nee Macpherson holding her degree, taken at the conferring of her degree at Melbourne University in April 1946. Hope Macpherson was the first female Curator ...Images: 1
Hope Macpherson sitting in her father's lap (Cluny Macpherson). Hope was the first female curator at National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victoria). Hope along with Isobel Bennett, S ...Images: 1