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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 61 - 70) 9000 items
Medal commemorating the marriage of Leopold II of Belgium to Marie Henriette of Austria, issued by Belgium, 1853.Images: 2
Medal commemorating the Abolition of Octroi Duties by Leopold I, Belgium in 1860. Octroi duties are a local tax collected on various articles brought into a district for consumption.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued for the International Congress of the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium, held in Brussels in 1910. The medal was designed by J. Jourdain.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal for the 25th Anniversary of the Royal Historical Commission, Belgium, 1859.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued in hour of the meeting of Leopold I of Belgium and William III of The Netherlands at Leige. Designed by Leopold and Charles Weiner, issued by Belgium, 1861.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued for the Brussels International Exhibition, 1958. Designed by Charles Leplae, issued in Brussels, Belgium, 1958. Mint: not recordedImages: 2
Medal commemorating the Birth of the Royal Heir, Leopold Duke of Brabant, Belgium, 1859.Images: 2
Brass Medal Honor to the Defenders of Arras and Shame on the Vandals, 1914-1918. Minted at the Paris Mint, France, 1918.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the crowning of Leopold I, Belgium in 1856. Designed by Leopold Wiener.Images: 2
Medal issued by the Royal Flower Society of Brussels, Belgium for the 1876 International Exhibition.Images: 2