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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, inscribed 'To My Dear Mother'. As this postcard remains blank it is not known whether it was sent home uninscribed or whether it was brought home ...Images: 2
Book of detachable postcards, Battle of L'yser, World War I. This is a postcard book made of cardboard and firm paper, consisting of 20 black and white postcards, all of which are phot ...Images: 23
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
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Black and white image of women carrying a banner which reads 'Waterside Workers Federation Dance Group, Let Us Dance in Peace' in the 1963 May Day March in Melbourne. This photograph wa ...Images: 0
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
Stereograph showing a chinese procession under the Queen's Arch, which took place in May 1901. The image was published by the photographer George Rose. The opening of the Australian Pa ...Images: 1
A postcard with artwork on the front by the indigenous artist Hector Chundaloo. On the back is a prayer for Mary MacKillop and a short description of Chundaloo's artwork. This postcard ...Images: 2
Black and white photograph showing an office interior, a desk with two men standing and a man and a woman seated at typewriters. This office was located at the A1 Heerte displaced perso ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of a line of horse-drawn wagons transporting Polish displaced persons to a transit point on the British/Russian Zone border for a train to Poland from camps i ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of members of the Guide International Service (GIS) Team 107, in the Salzgitter region of Germany, 1946. Alan Tyldesley is in the back row, first from the lef ...Images: 1