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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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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
Small round metal badge with the slogan 'Less meat means more trees', made and used in Australia circa 1980s-1990s. It is part of a collection of badges which represent various politica ...Images: 2
Metal badge depicting flame, the Southern Cross and wording VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES 2009. The badge was sent to all members of the Victorian public service who were involved in some way in ...Images: 2
Round metal badge with a gum leaf graphic and the wording BUSHFIRE SEASON 09/10 Victoria. It was posted to Dr Chris Lassig, who works for the Department of Sustainability and Environmen ...Images: 2
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
Small round badge with the slogan 'You Can't Hide from a Neutron Bomb', circa 1960s-1980s. This is one of a series of badges and peace movement posters acquired by the museum following ...Images: 2
Small round badge with the slogan 'March Against Uranium', 1980. This is one of a series of badges and peace movement posters acquired by the museum following the exhibition 'Peace: an ...Images: 2
Large badge with the slogan 'Mobilization Against Uranium', made by Patrick Bros in 1979. This is one of a series of badges and peace movement posters acquired by the museum following t ...Images: 2
Large badge with the slogan 'Nuclear War Can Spoil Your Whole Day', made by Northern Sun Merchandising circa 1960s-1980s. This is one of a series of badges and peace movement posters ac ...Images: 2
Small round badge with the slogan 'Theatre Warfare Curtains For All', circa 1960s-1980s. This is one of a series of badges and peace movement posters acquired by the museum following th ...Images: 2