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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 41 - 50) 1585 items
One earthenware rim fragment probably from a saucer. Decoration is blue flow ware in an unidentified Chinoiserie pattern. Manufacture date after circa 1835.Images: 1
One complete base of a small (25.3mm diameter) glass bottle, probably a medicine or perfume bottle. The bottle has been manufactured in a multi-part mould with a separate base plate. Sm ...Images: 3
One dark-green glass bottle base fragment. Has a conical pushup with a feint impression or ridge part way up and pointed indentation at the apex that is typical of bottles made using a ...Images: 2
One piece of carbon rod either from a battery or arc lighting.Images: 1
Three conjoining pieces of a high-fired, earthenware handle, probably from a jug or chamber pot. The white glaze has a greyish hue that is typical of 'White Granite'. Manufactured betwe ...Images: 1
One base fragment of a stoneware container. The item has been saltglazed and is beige in colour.Images: 1
The first recorded wire nail making machine was developed by Adolph Feliz Brown of New York in 1851. Wire nails were first imported into Australia in 1853. By the 1870s, improvements in ...Images: 1
Two conjoining fragments of an earthenware plate base. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One fragment of earthenware plate base. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One almost complete cut iron alloy nail. Precise head types cannot be determined due to rust and encrustation. Manufacturing period is from circa 1805.Images: 1