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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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The Centenary AMUSU Electrical Game was manufactured and distributed by Impex Print & Cartoon Co., West Melbourne, in 1933. The game's name may reference the AMUSU cinemas which opera ...Images: 2
Porcelain plate decorated with birds, butterflies and flowers, manufactured in China during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), circa 1880. Only three exhibitors displayed ceramic ware ...From: Carlton, Australia Images: 4
This is a colour postcard of the lake and gardens at the Exhibition Building, circa 1905. The postcard was printed in Great Britain as part of Valentine's Series 53459 by Valentine & So ...From: Dundee, United Kingdom Images: 2
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay group of a two bulls ploughing was made in Krishnanagar province, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibi ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 8
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Bottle of croton oil by Duerdin & Sainsbury, used in a pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1860. Croton oil was a particularly potent purgative administer ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
Black Kenrick cast iron kettle used in the kitchens of a psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1920Images: 1
A peg maker used at Caloola Training Centre, Sunbury, a Victorian psychiatric hospital, circa 1920. Probably used for making clothes pegs to be used in the laundry at Caloola.From: Sunbury, Australia Images: 1
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a cart heavily laden with bales of cotton drawn by two bullocks was made in Lucknow, India. It was exhibited at the M ...From: Lucknow, India Images: 6