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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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Black and white image of a building decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1
Black & white photograph of the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne, taken by the studio of Nettleton & Arnest, circa 1890. This photograph is part of a collection of 47 ph ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaImages: 1
Issued: Box Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Gilt medal minted by Hafner and issued to commemorate the 27th anniversary of The Calligraphy Centre. The medal shows Terry Pepperell ( ...From: Box Hill, Australia Images: 2
Part of the Lilian Louisa Pitts collection. Lilian Pitts photographed, processed and printed her photographs from about 1910. The collection is based on her life in the fruit growing ...From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Portrait of elderly couple.Images: 1
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1982 (AD) Issue number 33, Type 6 Mint: Stokes Australasia Other Details: 200 struck in copper and given to customers ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Australia Queensland Ula Ula Coronation of Edward VII medal 1902 (AD) Mint: Stokes Proof-like specimen strike, not holed Other Details: The coronation of Edward VII in 1902 prompted ma ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
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Australia Tasmania Launceston c. 1850 (AD) Mint: not recordedFrom: Launceston, Australia Images: 0
Photographer: George Rose, Melbourne. Two almost identical sepia stereographic views mounted on thick brown card. The images show the Earl and Countess of Hopetoun (Australia's first G ...From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1