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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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Items per page: 10 50 (showing 11 - 20) 1585 items
First Day Cover produced in 1956 as a souvenir of the Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia. The stamped, addressed and franked envelope is sealed but empty. It was posted to the donor' ...Images: 2
First Day Cover, produced in 1956 as a souvenir of the Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia. The stamped, addressed and franked envelope is sealed but empty. It was posted to the dono ...Images: 2
One white glazed earthenware base fragment of a plate. Has a maker's mark on base (J & M P Bell of Glasgow). Dates to between circa 1881 and 1928. May have had a sparse transfer printe ...Images: 2
Two conjoining fragments of clay pipe stem. Stem is undecorated but has 'Davidson' & 'Glasgow' impressed. Manufactured by Thomas Davidson of Glasgow between circa 1861 and circa 1891. ...Images: 3
Gloss card folder with a bust portrait of Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba on the front (in the role of Rosina in Rossini's opera 'Barber of Seville'. The folder contains a blo ...Images: 3
Presentation Cover issued by Australia Post in Melbourne, 14 May 2013, during the World Stamp Fair held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, 10 -15 May 2013. The cover commemorates the is ...Images: 4
Two conjoining fragments of plain, undecorated and un-marked clay pipe stem.Images: 2
Six partially refitting thick, white-glazed earthenware fragments of a large circular or oval item, probably a platter. The edge has a moulded scroll design that is typical of 'White Gr ...Images: 1
Three earthenware fragments from the base of a plate (could all be from the same item). Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and in ...Images: 1
Six conjoining fragments of earthenware plate rim. Pattern is blue transfer-printed 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1