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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 31 - 40) 1585 items
One earthenware cup rim fragment with hand painted under glaze banded decoration in red and green (one thick red band with thin green bands on either side on the outer surface and a thi ...Images: 1
This type of ware was first produced in England around the 1830s and then the USA by the 1840s. The peak of production was the 1860s-1870s and popularity declined at the turn of the cen ...Images: 1
One bright-green glass, bottle-base fragment. Has been manufactured in a mould that had a separate base plate. Broad manufacture date range of mid-19th century to circa 1900.Images: 1
One fragment from an unidentified item. Decoration is transfer print of an unidentified pattern in green. Earliest date of manufacture is circa 1818.Images: 1
One light-green glass, bottle-base fragment. Has been manufactured in a mould that had a separate base plate. Broad manufacture date range of mid-19th century to circa 1900.Images: 1
One medium-green glass, bottle-base fragment. Has a tiny fragment of a maker's mark, but is insufficient for identification. Has been manufactured in a mould that had a separate base pl ...Images: 1
One high-fired earthenware fragment from an unidentified item. Decorated with an unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured between the 1840s and circa ...Images: 1
One fragment of the neck and finish of a medium green glass beer or wine bottle. The finish has an applied string rim and the finish, including lip, has been tooled (and possibly flamed ...Images: 2
By the 1830s, pressed tablewares were being mass-produced and from the 1870s pressing had become the most common manufacturing technique for cheaper tablewares.Images: 1