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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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Boxed botanical display, containing information and an illustration of the Banded Pumpkin Beetle (Aulacophora hilaris, Bois.). One in a series concerning botanical pests displayed in th ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Wooden figure of an old woman from Russia. The figure was gifted to the National Gallery in 1914 by Professor Netschaieffs, as part of a group of Russian folk art.Images: 4
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a man wearing red beads was made in Krishnanagar province, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exh ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 4
Wooden figure of a tradesman (painter) from Russia. The figure was gifted to the National Gallery in 1914 by Professor Netschaieffs, as part of a group of Russian folk art.Images: 5
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure Clay figure of a villager carrying a load made in Krishnanagar province, India, by Jadunath Pal. It was exhibited at the Melbourne Intern ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 4
Made: Anglo-American Player Roll Company, circa 1930. Used at Mayday Hills Hospital circa 1940. Beechworth, Victoria, Australia. Broadway Word Roll 2734, Jealousy Tango, (May-Gade),Temp ...From: Beechworth, Australia Images: 1
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Bottle of quinine used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1930. Made by Howards. Used for the treatment of various fevers and inflammation including ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 0
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: 2
Cloisonné plate designed and manufactured by Kodenji Hayashi in Japan in the early Meiji period (1868-1880). The process of inlaid enamelling (cloisonné) in Japan dates back to the 8t ...From: Carlton, Australia Images: 4