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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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Silver Lighthouse paperweight, presented to Mr W.H. Richardson by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB) in 1937. The lighthouse was adopted by the RVIB as its emblem in 192 ...Images: 3
Gentlemen's season ticket to attend the Victorian Exhibition in Melbourne in 1861, and the subsequent International Exhibition in London, 1862. Housed in ornate gilt binding by William ...Images: 2
Rectangular metal street sign with vinyl lettering on both sides: 'Watsons Lane'. This street sign was burnt during the Black Saturday busfires on the 7th February, 2009 and was replace ...Images: 1
Trade Card which advertises the award of a 'First Order of Merit' at Melbourne's International Exhibition, 1880, to the Davis Sewing Machine Co. for its Vertical Feed Sewing Machine. T ...Images: 2
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Annotated performer's score for a performance of 'Ringing the Changes', composed by Australian conductor Graeme Leak and performed by Strange Fruit on the Federation Bells at Birrarung ...Images: 0
Black chalkboard used by the Waterside Workers Association in the 1900s to advertise the date and location of their next meeting. The chalkboard has painted text with blank spaces for c ...Images: 1
Presentation watercolour by Lloyd Tayler of his design for the Exhibition Building, painted in 1878. The building represented in this watercolour marks a significant period in Melbour ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Button Circular badge with the slogan 'Don't Register for National Service', made in Australia circa 1966 - 1971. The badge was used in Melbourne, Victoria, during ...Images: 2