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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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Invitation to the Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on 9 May 1901 sent to Mr George Frederick Michael and Lady, Secretary of the Shire of Woorayl, by His Majest ...Images: 1
Complete other ranks Victorian Scottish Regiment uniform including rifle. The rifle (with bayonet) is a Martini Enfield rifle .303 calibre, with regimental marking vsr 86. Martini Enfie ...Images: 1
Official catalogue for the 1935 International Jubilee Motor Show, held at the Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens, between 13-22 June 1935. Large exhibitors included Austin, Buick, B ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Face Powder Powder compact based on a military peaked cap. Its original powder puff is missing. It appears to be World War I-era, based on the style of the cap. Th ...Images: 7
Metal ring with yellow metal face. Souvenir of Yser, inscribed '14/17', referring to World War I battles that took place there in 1914 and 1917. The Yser is a river that flows from t ...Images: 1
Officer's full dress tunic, which was worn by Major Robert McKeeman Oakley, an officer in the Victorian Artillery Garrison from 1892-1901, and in the Australian Garrison Artillery from ...Images: 3
Epaulette (shouldercord), which was worn by Robert McKeeman Oakley from 1904 when he was promoted to Major. Robert McKeeman Oakley was an officer in the Victorian Artillery Garrison, fr ...Images: 1
Section of cast iron 'lacework' retreived from the Federal Coffee Palace that was originally built in 1888, by James Mirams. It later became The Federal Hotel. The hotel was demolished ...Images: 1
Metal seal for the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (M.M.B.W.). The seal incorporates the coat of arms of Melbourne and the United Kingdom, and the motto of the board 'Publica ...Images: 2
Framed illuminated address (in Italian) from the Partisans of Peace of the Port of Genoa (I Partigiani della Pace del Porto di Genova) to their Australian friends, dated 21st July, 1951 ...Images: 2