Search the collections
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 1 - 10) 20 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
Official first day cover, MEN, MUNITIONS, MATERIAL, and AUSTRALIA'S WAR EFFORT 15th JULY, 1940, 1 Penny (1 d) and 2 Pence (2 d) stamps, postmarked (twice) Clermont, Queensland, 17 July ...Images: 1
First day of issue envelope, for 3 Pence (3d) 50th Anniversary of Federation. Issued 1 May, 1951. Postmarked BRISBANE, QLD. AUST.Images: 1
First day cover, for 3 1/2 Pence (3 1/2d) 75th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union. Issued 10 October, 1949. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) was inaugurated in 1874. Before this ...Images: 1
First day cover, for 3 1/2 Pence (3 1/2d) 75th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) was inaugurated in 1874. Before this time, transporting mail a ...Images: 1
Stamped envelope, for 3 1/2 Pence (3 1/2d), 7 1/2 Pence (7 1/2d) and 2 Shillings (2'.) Royal Visit by Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh.Images: 1
First day cover for 3 1/2 Pence (3 1/2d), 7 1/2 Pence (7 1/2d) and 2 Shillings (2'.) Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.Images: 1
Stamp pack for 60 cent and 2 dollars 60 cents stamps, issued to commemorate the Centenary of the First Commonwealth Banknote. Issued by Australia Post in Melbourne, 11 May 2013, during ...Images: 3
Booklet entitled Kangaroo and Map: 1913: 2013: an Advertisement for Australia, by Richard Breckon, Australia Post. Issued to commemorate the Centenary of the Kangaroo and Map stamp in 1 ...Images: 2