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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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A crowd welcomes the Acting Governor of Victoria to the Northcote Town Hall, August 1895. Photograph taken by Thomas Beckett. Part of a collection of glass plate negatives taken by Dr ...From: Northcote, Australia Images: 1
Black and white image of a street scene, taken at night, decorated for a street parade.From: Ballarat, Australia Images: 1
Contributed by Ms Rosalie QuaifeFrom: Hawthorn, Australia Images: 2
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaFrom: Ararat, Australia Images: 1
This is a black & white postcard of the southern facade of the Exhibition Building circa 1905. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription on the reverse, was printed as part of t ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Cutting from a newspaper or magazine with black and white portraits of soldiers named Galbraith who served in World War I. The second photo from the left is Alfred Galbraith wearing his ...Images: 2
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaFrom: Golden Square, Australia Images: 1
Glass negative stereograph showing a crowd watching a street procession, with a woman facing the camera in the foreground. This parade of either the Friendly Societies or the Trades Eig ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Cartoon of Phar Lap with his nose in a feeding bag, with the logo of the Crown Casino, as published in The Age of 10 April 1997. The drawing was done by John Spooner to illustrate an a ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Contributed by Ms Helen SaifertFrom: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1