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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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Commemorative Medal issued to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Railways in Belgium in 1859. Designed by Alexandre Geefs ad minted in Brussels.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued by Leopold I for the Schools Fete, held in Brussels on 25 September 1858. Designed by C. Jehotte.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued to celebrate the the Extinguishment of Scheldt Dues, in Belgium, 1863. Designed by Leopold Weiner.Images: 2
George IV Coronation medal, circa 1820, attributed to British Guiana by Alfred Chitty.Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued to honour Leopold, Duke of Brabant, issued in Belgium, 1853.Images: 2
Medal issued to commemorate the birth of the Royal Heir, Leopold Duke of Brabant, Belgium, 1859.Images: 2
Medal Republican Constitution Adopted, Issued by France, 1793 Artist: Benjamin Duvivier Mint not recordedImages: 2
Medal Capitulation of Mantua, Issued by Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I), France, 1797 Artist: E. Gatteaux Minted by Paris Mint (struck in 1807)Images: 2
Medal Foundation of the Quai Desaix, Issued by Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor Napoleon I), France, 1800 Minted by Paris MintImages: 2
Medal issued by the Commune de Paris, France, 1792 Artist: Benjamin du Vivier Minted by Paris MintImages: 2