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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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Catalogue for the International Motor Racing & Sports Car Show, published by Shipping Newspapers (Vic.) Ltd, 1970.Images: 1
Official guide book to the 1956 Motor Show held at the REB in April that year.Images: 3
Official guide to 1939 Home and Building Exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne from Februrary 17th to March 4th 1939, promoted by the Board of Publicity, Building ...Images: 6
Official catalogue for the International Motor Show at the Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne 1976. The event was sponsored by the Australian Automobile Dealers Association (Victoria), und ...Images: 3
Publication titled 'Despatches from the Right Honorable the Secretary of State for the Colonies relative to the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880', printed by John Ferres, Govern ...Images: 2
No. 1 Kodak Jr camera and leather case, manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, 1914-1915. The camera was used by Sister Selina Lily (Lil) Mackenzie to record her ...Images: 1
Type series from the Royal Exhibition Building western forecourt archaeological dig, prepared by Christine Williamson in 2010. Type series include: bottle bases, bottle finishes, button ...Images: 18
Programme printed to commemorate the Pioneers' Ball held at the Town Hall in Melbourne on 17 October 1934. It was printed by Ramsay Publishing. In 1934, as Melbourne planned to celebr ...Images: 1
Field Service postcard post stamped 1st Australian Infantry Brigade Field Post Office (1st AUST. INF. BDE. FIELD P.O.) addressed to a Mrs M. Jones, 8 Hastings Rd, Hawthorn. It is date-s ...Images: 2
'Business as usual' is a postcard from the "Patriotic" Series V range of card, published by the Inter-Art Company, London, during the First World War. The image on the front depicts ...Images: 1