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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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Embroidered postcard with muslin flap with smaller rectangular card inside. Sent by 'Andy' to his mother and 'Jess', presumably whilst he was serving on the Western Front during World W ...Images: 4
Unused postcard acquired during World War I (1914-1918) published by Cartolina - Carte Postale, labelled '129'. Image of 'Arab Chiefs' in Aden, a significant port city during World War ...Images: 2
Black-and-white postcard acquired during World War I (1914-1918), inscribed 'Kodak Austral'. The postcard shows an image of the entrance to the Suez Canal. The inscription on the back ...Images: 2
Black-and-white postcard acquired during World War I (1914-1918). The Suez Canal is 160km long and 300m wide, connecting the Mediterranean Sea at Port Said with the Red Sea at Suez. Th ...Images: 2
Photograph of soldier in studio turned into a postcard, made during World War I (1914-1918). It is inscribed 'Kodak Austral'. The identity of the soldier shown in this image is unknown ...Images: 2
Unused postcard acquired during World War I (1914-1918) published by Cartolina - Carte Postale, labelled '130'. Image of 'Arab Travellers' in Aden, a significant port city during World ...Images: 2
Black-and-white postcard acquired during World War I (1914-1918), labelled 'B68'. Aden is an ancient seaport that rose to prominence in modern times after the completion of the Suez Ca ...Images: 2
Embroidered postcard with muslin flap with smaller rectangular card inside. The postcard depicts the flags of some of the Entente Powers (or Allies of World War I). From left to right t ...Images: 4
Embroidered postcard with muslin flap with two smaller rectangular cards inside. The postcard features the embroidered message 'To My Mother' and a short note to state that the sender i ...Images: 6
Black and white image of the National Museum survey team packing a canoe in preparation for excursion to Corner Inlet during the Museum's Wilson's Promontory expedition in January 1950. ...Images: 1