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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 21 - 30) 1585 items
Three conjoining pieces of earthenware plate base. Transfer print is dark blue/grey 'Rhine', probably manufactured in the latter part of the 19th century.Images: 1
One earthenware plate rim fragment. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One piece of earthenware base, probably a plate. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One piece of a white-glazed earthenware plate rim with unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Appears to be high-fired earthenware. Manufactured between the 18 ...Images: 1
One earthenware plate rim fragment. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
One fragment of earthenware base, probably from a plate. Pattern is dark blue transfer-printed 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian tim ...Images: 1
Two earthenware fragments from two separate items, probably a plate. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1
One earthenware saucer rim fragment with hand painted under glaze banded decoration in red and green (two thin red bands with a slightly thicker green band on either side). Made after c ...Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment from a cup or mug. Decoration is violet transfer print in an unidentified pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 2
Brown bakelite hair comb with teeth missing. Bakelite was the first totally synthetic plastic and was first manufactured in 1907.Images: 1