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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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This is a black & white postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade of the building and the gardens in the foreground, circa 1908. It shows an electric light, urn ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Blown-glass ewer (one of a pair) of blue glass with spiral fluted neck, tiered, spreading foot with folded foot-rim, serpentine handle, and a body of flattened bulbous form with aplied ...From: Venice, Italy Images: 4
Alternative Name(s): Button, Pin King Georges Day badge, probably made some time between 1914 and 1919. One of a group of 13 badges attached to a brown velvet ribbon all dating from th ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Sputum Bottle, Sputum Flask Spittoon or sputum flask, manufactured by Dr Dettweiler, circa 1910. Used by patients in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australi ...Images: 1
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a cart and driver with a pair of yoked bullocks was made in Krishnanagar province, India. It was exhibited at the Mel ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 2
Scientific Name: Notelaea ligustrina Family Name: Oleaceae Specimen Collection Location: Victoria Prepared for exhibition purposes in the Industrial & Technological Museum in 1885. It ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a man was made in Krishnanagar province, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, a ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 5
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Prepared for exhibition purposes in the Industrial & Technological Museum in 1885. It features a hand painting of the species by Miss May Vale (later Mrs. Gilfillan). Exhibited at the f ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0