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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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Merson's Surgical Sutures, catgut, used in a surgery, probably at Mayday Hills Hospital. Made: G.F.Merson Ltd., 1940, used: 1940From: Beechworth, Australia Images: 1
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
Bottle of zinc iodide by Thomas Morson & Son Ltd, used in a mental hospital pharmacy, Victoria Australia circa 1860. Zinc iodide was used as an antiseptic.From: London, United Kingdom Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a Hindu Clerk was made in Lucknow, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, as part ...From: Lucknow, India Images: 5
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This figure of a man wearing a brown and yellow belt was made in Krishnanagar province, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne Internat ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 4
Delicately modelled earthenware cup with floral painted design and signed on the underside 'Houzan', manufactured in Japan in the early Meiji period (1868-1880).From: Carlton, Australia Images: 4
This is a colour postcard of the south west facade of the Exhibition Building with grass and garden beds in the foreground, circa 1905. The postcard, which has a handwritten inscription ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Plaque from the Methodist Babies' Home that was inaugurated in 1925 and opened in 1929. Money was raised for the home by the young people who were members of the Methodist Church. This ...From: South Yarra, Australia Images: 1
Earthernware bowl with painted enamel pink blossom decoration and a partly illegible iron red stamp on the bottom, probably a Guangxu Reign mark, indicating that it was manufactured in ...From: Carlton, Australia Images: 5