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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 Hope Macpherson arranging specimen boxes on a storage shelf. Hope Macpherson was the first female curator at National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victoria). ...Images: 1
Black and white portrait of Jessie Macpherson, mother of Hope Macpherson, first female curator at the National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victoria). Hope Macpherson along with Isobe ...Images: 1
Black and white image of Shirley McColl on the left and Hope Macpherson on the right in front of a series of drawers and cabinets providing storage for the Mollusca Collection. When thi ...Images: 1
Black and white image taken by Hope Macpherson of a sketch of her by G.J. Browning in 1940. Hope Macpherson was the first female curator at National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victo ...Images: 1
Colour portrait of Hope Macpherson by Vincent Barclay. Hope Macpherson was the first female curator at National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victoria). Hope Macpherson along with Isob ...Images: 1
Black and white image of Hope Macpherson in the shells collection store using a cloth to clean a large shell sitting on a work table. Hope Macpherson was the first female curator at Nat ...Images: 2
Black and white image of Hope Macpherson sitting at a work bench looking at a slide through a microscope. Hope Macpherson was the first female curator at National Museum of Victoria (no ...Images: 2
Black and white image of of three males and one female on beach preparing lunch. This image was taken by Dermot Casey during an excursion to Corner Inlet as part of the Museum's expedit ...Images: 1
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