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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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Photograph depicting German soldiers viewing a crashed aeroplane. A roundel is faintly visible on the wing at the front of the image - it appears to be British, as it has a dark ring wi ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph depicting a group of German soldiers in front of the gates to a sports arena. The gate is labelled 'Sportplatz der A.A. Scheffer'. Armee-Abteilung Scheffer wa ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph featuring German soldiers in front of a communications building ('Fernsprecher' means telephone'). The glass window at the front of the building suggests that ...Images: 1
Photograph depicting 29 German soldiers standing in front of the remnants of two damaged brick buildings. They may be in a farmyard. They look relaxed; one is smoking. The provenance ...Images: 1
Postcard depicting four German soldiers seated at a table in front of a hut. They appear to be reading and eating, and washing hangs on a line behind them. The image was taken slightly ...Images: 1
Black and white postcard depicting a group of German soldiers digging in a forest with others watching. The scene is very relaxed, and does not suggest active battle. The postcard dat ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph featuring German soldiers playing cards - probably soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment. The photograph dates to World War I. Its provenance is unknown.Images: 2
Postcard depicting a heavily damaged cathedral, probably in France or Belgium. A hand-written inscription on the front has been scratched out - probably was name of cathedral. It is lik ...Images: 2
Postcard depicting a German soldier at the entrance to a dugout (or similar). He wears a standard German field uniform with a covered Pickelhaube and a M/98 Mauser rifle (with bayonet). ...Images: 2
Postcard depicting a group of eight German soldiers relaxing at the entrance of a dugout, on the edge of what appears to be a battlefield. The postcard is inscribed with the date 7 Au ...Images: 2