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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.
Significant collecting areas:
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 61 - 70) 1584 items
One almost complete, light amber, glass bottle stopper (club-sauce style).Images: 1
One fragment of high-fired earthenware, possibly from a vase or small jug or container. Appears to have a moulded design and body and glaze are very light blue/grey. General dates of po ...Images: 1
One earthenware plate base 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 white-glazed earthenware plate rim with unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Appears to be high-fired earthenware. Manufactured between the 1840 ...Images: 1
One piece of white-glazed earthenware rim, probably from a bowl, but possibly from a plate. The rim has an unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Appears to be ...Images: 1
One rim 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 rim fragment of an earthenware item, probably a saucer, with two thin hand-painted lines (one blue and one red) near the rim. Date range of manufacture is circa 1805 to circa mid-20 ...Images: 1
One rim fragment of a cream-coloured porcelain tea cup with three thin gilded bands near the rim. This type of cheap gilded decoration was manufactured from the mid-19th century.Images: 1
One earthenware rim fragment from a cup. The decoration is a purple transfer print in an unidentified geometric pattern. Manufacture date is circa 1814 to circa mid-20th century.Images: 1