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Ambulance Victoria Museum Bayswater, Victoria

The Ambulance Museum was formed more than 30 years ago by serving and retired ambulance officers and other ambulance staff. After many years of operating a display and storage facility in Thomastown it relocated to 1/55 Barry Street Bayswater in 2015.

The Museum has a growing collection of more than 20 ambulances. Additionally, it has a large collection of memorabilia, documents and photographs. The Museum Archive, which includes some old Ambulance Victoria district service records, is available to researchers (by appointment only).

Membership is open to serving and retired paramedics, ambulance officers, ambulance employees, families of deceased ambulance employees and interested members of general public. The museum accepts group tours (by appointment). Our vehicle fleet is operable and available for hire to film companies and other organisations.

If you value Victoria's ambulance heritage and want to assist with its preservation, the Museum accepts tax deductible donations and is seeking both minor and major corporate sponsors.

For further information contact the museum curator at chas.martin@ambulance.vic.gov.au on 0428813385 (office hours only).

UPDATE: On 18 July 2016 the museum took delivery of an early 1970s Dodge Ambulance. The vehicle is being restored to represent Car 208, Australia's first Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA). The Museum wants to make contact with former MICA paramedics who worked on Car 208 and its sister ambulances in the early 1970s.

Contact Information

location
1/55 Barry Street Bayswater Victoria 3153
phone
+61 0428813385 (office hours only)

Contact

Opening Hours

We are usually open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8am till 1pm but we can open at other times - call us before you visit and especially if you want to book a group tour!

Entry Fee

A modest group tour charge applies. For individual visitors a gold coin donation is appreciated.

Location

1/55 Barry Street Bayswater Victoria

A collection of medical equipment, vehicles, uniforms used by the ambulance service in Victoria, Australia. The collection also includes a range of paper-based items such as documents and photographs relating to the ambulance service.

Steve Eather 9 June 2016 1:14 PM

The Cadillac Club Of Victoria visited the Ambulance Historical Society Museum on Sunday 5th June and brought with them a fine display of their own vehicles whilst taking a great interest in our vintage Ambulances. Morning tea was provided and a presentation was given to all members in all there were some 50 members attended. A good time was had by all. One Cadillac Club member stated that “We had a great time, despite the weather, and we enjoyed your talk about some of the exhibits, and the (shocking) statistics, before we were ‘let loose’. It is a great museum you have there.”

Croyden Ladies Probus Club 11 October 2016 10:00 AM

Thank you for the great morning we had with you yesterday. It was very interesting and the morning tea was very nice, thank you Margaret! Croyden Ladies Probus

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Chart, medical, human body, brain - The Human Brain

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular chart made from glossy paper with colour printing. The chart is mounted at either end on black metal strips. The strip on the upper edge has a loop used for hanging the chart.

Inscriptions & Markings

The word 'BRAIN' is hand written on the reverse of the chart in black texter pen.

Book, Minutes, North Eastern Victoria District Ambulance Service committee, July 1979 to April 1986

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red covered leather bound minutes book

Historical information

Minutes, North Eastern Victoria District Ambulance Service committee, July 1979 to April 1986

Box, Bandage, Red Chain

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cardboard box containing bandage 2 inches wide. Made from white cardboard with blue, red, and yellow printing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Red Chain bandage 2 inches 6 Yards

Photograph, Ambulances

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of eight ambulances outside building.

Historical information

Ambulances parked outside the Victorian Civil Ambulance Service headquarters at Lonsdale Street Melbourne during the period of the 1953 visit to Australia of Queen Elizabeth II

Inscriptions & Markings

VICTORIAN CIVIL AMBULANCE SERVICE

Chart, medical, human body, muscles and organs

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular medical chart showing the human body, muscles and organs.The chart is made from coated and printed paper on a fabric (?cotton) backing and is attached with metal tacks to timber batons at each end . A strip of red cotton tape is attached to the mid-part of the upper baton and has been used to secure the chart when it is rolled up. Metal ring eyelets are screwed into either end of the upper baton and were probably used to assist when hanging the chart.

Inscriptions & Markings

The artists name 'J.Teck' is included on the lower edge on the front of the chart. The logo of the St John's Ambulance Association and the words 'ST JOHN'S GATE, LONDON E.C. 1' are printed on the lower edge of the chart (left hand side on the front of the chart). The words 'FULL BODY INC LIMBS' is written in black texter pen on the upper baton. The words 'ORGANS, MUSCLES' have been written on the top margin of the chart on the reverse side.

First Aid Kit

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Brown lacquered timber box with 2 carry handles on top. 2 latches on the side and hinges on the other. Box opens out and contains a full fit out of first aid equipment (including bottles containing liquids). Red Cross logo on one side

Historical information

Appears to have been used by a St Johns Ambulance motor cycle patrol. The Letters W.J.H on one side of the case may be the initials of the cases owner/user

Inscriptions & Markings

MOTOR CYCYLE PATROL St JOHNS W.J.H

Book, Minutes, North Eastern Region Ambulance committee, August 1991 to February 1995

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red covered leather bound minutes book

Historical information

Minutes, North Eastern Region Ambulance committee, August 1991 to February 1995

Book, ambulance station log, Frankston, 13 June 1976 to 7 February 1977

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Card and fabric bound book

Historical information

ambulance station log, Frankston, 13 June 1976 to 7 February 1977

Book, accounts, North East Region, November 1977 to October 1978

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red hard covered book

Historical information

accounts, North East Region, November 1977 to October 1978

Book, statement of building, replacement and capital accounts, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, 1961 to 1962

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue hard cover book. Blue cloth spine.

Historical information

statement of building, replacement and capital accounts, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, 1961 to 1962

Inscriptions & Markings

Ideal account book

Card, Christmas, Ambulance Service Melbourne.

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Fold out Christmas card. Features water colour image of fishing boats tied up on beach

Inscriptions & Markings

GREETINGS

Computer, Portable, Walkabout HH3

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Portable computer (lap top) in black carry case aperture so that the screen can be 'written on' using attached stylus.

Historical information

Probably used to record patient details and allow computerised upload of details in hospital. This item used by Rural Ambulance Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

WALKABOUT HH3 CEFC

Book, Ambulance accounts, 1981 to 1982

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Green covered hard back booked

Historical information

Ambulance accounts, 1981 to 1982

Pump, Cardio, Ambu

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Plastic and rubber portable heart pump. Compression and decompression rates diagram at top of item

Historical information

Used to maintain an d restart heart beat patients whose hearts have stopped

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambu Cardio Pump

Photograph, Dandenong MICA7 crew

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. 12 Ambulance officers with ambulance in background.

Historical information

MICA7 (Dandenong) with its original crew. From left to right; Rob Ferguson, Paul Livingston, Ron MacIntosh, Peter Ballard, Ian Donaldson, Russel Nelson, Rob Ray, Jeff Allan, Brian Fellows, Eric Shanssema, Don White and Laurie Spelling (MICA coordinator). Laurie Spelling joined the ambulance service in the early 1970s and completed various training courses at the Ambulance Officer's Training Centre. He was employed by the Peninsula Ambulance Service and later qualified as a paramedic and was MICA coordinator. In the period 1999-2003 he was area manager for Rural Ambulance Victoria.

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 33C, August 1989

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

1st Row L-R: Grant Hocking, James Allen, Michael Carr, Gary Robinson, Paul Bell, Gary Robertson, Jamie Walsh. 2nd Row L-R: Phillip Clark, Shane Edwards, Michael Williams, Gerard McMahon, Barry Davidson, Norm Burville. Top Row L-R: Daryl Knight, Geoff Taurins, Con Lymbouris, Trevor Gibson, Andrew Hanson, Colin Carly, Mark W Davies.

Vehicle, motor, Ambulance, Ford 150, F series, 1992

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Four-wheeled Motor vehicle fitted out as an ambulance. Bodywork painted white with red logo and markings. Bonnet painted grey. Bumpers are chrome. Red and blue lights mounted on roof above front windscreen. Red light mounted above rear windscreen.

Historical information

This vehicle is a Ford 150 F Series, manufactured in 1992. It is the last body to be fitted out as an ambulance by Jacab in Tamworth , New South Wales. This vehicle was owned by the Metropolitan Ambulance Service and serviced Melbourne and surrounding suburbs on all ambulance duties in the 1990's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration number EYH837. There is a strip of red and white diagonal striping along the sides and at the front of the vehicle. Logo ...........ADD MORE

Chart, medical, human body

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular chart made from printed and coated paper on a fabric base. The chart shows the upper torso of a human male. The chart is mounted at either end on timber batons using small metal tacks. Masking tape has been placed over the metal tacks in an attempt to repair the chart. The upper baton is moulded, while the lower baton is circular in cross-section. Both batons are stained black.Two screwed metal eyelets have been attached at either end of the upper baton for use in hanging the chart. A short length of brown/white cotton tape is attached to the mid-point of the upper baton with a metal tack. the tape is used to secure the chart after it has been rolled up.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the RHS front face of the chart at bottom edge are the words 'All rights reserved'. Printed on the LHS front face of the chart at bottom edge are the words 'RUDDIMAN, JOHNSTON & CO., Ltd., LONDON'

Machine, Electrocardiograph, Both

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey metal box containing built in electrical/medical equipment

Historical information

Cardio phone 12 lead ECG transmission cardiac rhythm over telephone to cardiology department of receiving hospital, mica units had direct admission rights with receiving hospital, the receiving hospital decoded the rhythm and advised the ambulance crew of action required, these units were battery powered.

Inscriptions & Markings

BOTH ELECTRO-CARDIOGRAPH

Radio, Two Way, Pony CB-36

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Silver and black hand held radio with two channels and volume and squelch buttons on front.

Historical information

When introduced across the emergency services and used in the 1960s and 1970s these radios for the first time allowed for easy two radio communications between the police, fire services, ambulance, State Emergency Service and St John Ambulance. Source Peter Neylon serving paramedic and AHSV member 17 October 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pony

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 55C, 1995

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Greg Dalton, Mark Jones, Mark Brennan, Damien Dambrosi, Peter Norbury, Lindsay O'Brien, Sandy Currie, Stephen Collins, Rodney Burns, Sue Knox, Glenys Dunstone, Debbie Rielly, Jan Einsiedel, Nicole Rees, Jo Spelling, Tamasin Ramsay. ABSENT: Philip Wade

Book, Victorian Civil Ambulance Service, staff wage payments, July 1971 to November 1971

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black binder with loose leaf pages

Historical information

Victorian Civil Ambulance Service, staff wage payments, July 1971 to November 1971

Book, Minutes, South Western Victoria Ambulance Service committee, February 1983 to December 1987

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Dark blue binder containing loose leaf minutes

Historical information

Minutes, South Western Victoria Ambulance Service committee, February 1983 to December 1987

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Command and Leadership 1/93

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance Command and Leadership trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Tony Balm, Doug Wright, Christine Umbers, Michael Lewis. Back Row L to R: Noel Mirtschin, Lee Klein, Paul O'Toole, Joe Hutchinson, John Morris.

GE VHF portable radio - Portable Radio multi channel

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Portable radio Multi Channel, with battery and case

Historical information

Portable radio Used by Rural Ambulance Service

Book, accounts, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, August 1959 to June 1967

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Hard bound book. Red Spine

Historical information

accounts, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, August 1959 to June 1967

Inscriptions & Markings

Treble Cash

Book, Minutes, Wangaratta Ambulance Commitee, 1955 to 1963

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cloth bound book

Historical information

Wangaratta ambulance committee records 1955 to 1963

Record, employees pay, Metropolitan Ambulance Service, January 1992 to January 1993

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Loose documents, both electronically and manually created, bound at left side.

Historical information

Pay and hours worked records for Metropolitan Ambulance Service staff.

Inscriptions & Markings

Audit log time bank record entry

Oxygen rescuscitation equipment - Automan Mk2

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White metal box with rubber attachments and oxygen mask in a black carry case. Yellow instruction booklet inside.

Inscriptions & Markings

Siebe Gorman Automan (on carry case)

Card, Control Room, Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Pale blue paper card with black printing on one side only.

Historical information

Control room cards; White cards were used for an immediate emergency response, and if the white card had a red corner it denoted "Accident". Blue cards were used to denote and record routine forward bookings such as patient transport requirements. The cards were used at the Latrobe street Ambulance Headquarters circa 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

From To Car No.

Plaque, Ambulance officer course 42C

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

A Wooden Plaque with gold coloured individual shields featuring student names and an Ambulance Service Victoria logo.

Historical information

Contains names of members of Ambulance Officers on Course 42C

Inscriptions & Markings

Simply the best

Photograph, ambulances, Ford Spinner

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Two ambulance officers standing in front of ambulance station. Three ambulances present.

Historical information

Ford Spinner ambulances were loaded with their stretcher bound patient by opening the boot and pushing the stretcher through to the back seat. Source Chas Martin AHSV curator

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta District Ambulance Service VW-342

Pen Light Torch

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Plastic Pen light Torch ever ready

Inscriptions & Markings

Ever ready pen light Torch

Vehicle, motor, Ambulance, Ford 150, F series, Four wheel drive, 1992

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Four-wheeled, four-wheel drive vehicle fitted out as an ambulance. Bodywork painted white with red logo and markings. Bonnet painted grey. Bumpers are chrome. Red and blue lights mounted on roof above front windscreen. Red light mounted above rear windscreen.

Historical information

This four-wheel drive vehicle was fitted out as an ambulance by Transfield, Queensland for use in the Victorian snowfields. Roll bars have been fitted as steel ribs were not included in the fibregalss to strengthen it. The ambulance was owned and operated by Rural Ambulance Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration number ESC435.

Letter, Victorian Civil Ambulance Service to Walter Byrne

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White paper with Victorian Civil Ambulance Service logo top left corner and letterhead at top

Historical information

When he died in 2007, Wally Byrne, left a legacy of public service that many would be proud to emulate. Having served in the Royal Australian Navy in the Pacific during the Second War World War, Wally later joined the Victorian Civil Ambulance as an ambulance officer. In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Wally was based at Lonsdale Street, Latrobe Street and Fairfield. He became Station Officer at the busy Latrobe Street before moving into the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) system. Promoted to District Officer he became officer in charge of communications and served in this role until his retirement. Chas Martin, one of Wally’s communications staff at Latrobe Street, recalled that Wally was an efficient and well liked manager. He was also a very social person. Having purchased a block of land at Christmas Hills, Wally and his family hosted regular weekend BBQ’s there for his communications staff, other ambulance officers, and their families. Wally’s son Jon, later joined Ambulance Victoria, became a paramedic and now holds a senior role in the organisation.

Inscriptions & Markings

MR W. BYRNE, 88 ALBERT STREET FOOTSCRAY 3011

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 14C, 1981

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Ross Salmon, Geoff Harvey, Maurice Woodburn, Mark Scammell, Kevin Masci, Kevin Youlden, Raymond Cameron, Neil Tabrah, Mal McCann. Standing L to R: Phillip Gribble, Brian Palmer, Frank Moloney, Ross Brealey, Trevor Lehmann, Terry Houge, Neil Davis, Chris Dalby, Dave Walker, Gerry Thomas (Inst) Chris Wilton, David Llewelyn, Mick Hoyer, Ramon Laidlaw, Rob Birch, Phil Best, Tony Durand, Herb Jenkins, Gavin Hall, George Brown, Lindsay Boyd, Phil La Roche, Peter Kelly, Paul Wilkinson.

Dressing, Burns

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rolled yellow foam sheet in clear plastic bag.

Historical information

Not carried in ambulances but made available to ambulance officers if burns cases needed treatment. These items were not considered a success and were rarely used and soon replaced by better dressings. Source Chas Martin AHSV curator.

Photograph, Ambulance station workshop and garage, Adelaide

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of interior of workshop building

Historical information

Part of new Adelaide ambulance headquarters

Photograph, ambulance, 1938 Dodge

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance with trees in background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Civil Ambulance Service Sale District

Training Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Plastic covered multi page instructional document. Diagrams (many in colour) relating to CPR on each page

Historical information

Used to teach the correct method of CPR

Inscriptions & Markings

LAERDAL

Jacket, Uniform, Flight Sister, Air Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey button up jacket with half wing Air Ambulance Victoria logo on left breast

Historical information

Worn by Air Ambulance Victoria female flight nurses who flew in fixed wing air ambulance aircraft providing in-flight care of patients. Probably used between the 1960s and 1980s.

Significance

This item is one of only two in the museums collection and the object is probably one of very few in existence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Air Ambulance Victoria

Chart, medical, human body, right leg fracture

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular medical chart made from printed and coated paper laid on white fabric (?cotton) and showing a fracture to the right leg. The chart is attached to two wooden batons with masking tape. The top baton is moulded while the lower baton is circular in cross-section. Both batons are stained black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the RHS front face of the chart at bottom edge are the words 'All rights reserved'. Printed on the LHS front face of the chart at bottom edge are the words 'RUDDIMAN, JOHNSTON & CO., Ltd., LONDON'

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Command and Leadership November 1991

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance Command and Leadership trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Barry Nicholls, Daryl Weate, Garry Keen, Paul Holman, Peter Mulholland, Ken Matthews. Centre Row L to R: Barry Sidebottom, Tony Walker, Paul Lodder, Terry Marshall, Jim Ballard, John Templeton. Back Row L to R: Peter Kelly, Fred Hutchins, Ray Earle, Stephen Mulligan, Steven Bramble, Steve Fumberger.

Hat, Fur Felt, Ambulance Service Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey hat with checker band and badge at front

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambulance Service Victoria

Radio, Very High Frequency

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Very High Frequency radio in custom made carry case with handle and two locks on the front. Ambulance Service Victoria labels adhered to the carry case. Instructions on how to use radio are included in the case. A mobile telephone is also stored in the case.

Historical information

Very High Frequency radio and case used in Neonatal Emergency Transport Service Backup car.

Inscriptions & Markings

VHF RADIO FOR NETS BACKUP CAR Metropolitan Ambulance Service

Letterhead Paper, Ambulance Service Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White paper with Ambulance Service Victoria letterhead and logo at top

Inscriptions & Markings

INCORPORATES AIR AMBULANCE VICTORIA

Book, expenditure, Shepparton District Ambulance Service, September 1945 to September 1954

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red hard bound book.

Historical information

expenditure, Shepparton District Ambulance Service, September 1945 to September 1954

Inscriptions & Markings

Expenditure

Computer, Portable, Walkabout HH3

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Portable computer (lap top) in black carry case aperture so that the screen can be 'written on' using attached stylus.

Historical information

Probably used to record patient details and allow computerised upload of details in hospital. This item used by Rural Ambulance Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

WALKABOUT HH3 CEFC

Tag, mass casualty event

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red cardboard tag with printed details and the word ‘resuscitate’ prominently across centre

Historical information

Kept in Victorian ambulance disaster kits. Designed for use in mass casualty events and for the rapid assessment of casualties after first responders had attended a mass casualty site. AHSV curator Chas Martin never saw these tags actually used during his service.

Inscriptions & Markings

RESUSCITATE

Photograph, Ambulance

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance interior viewed from open back doors

Inscriptions & Markings

BUILT TO THE ORDER OF THE ANGLO IRANIAN OIL CO. FOR SERVICE IN PERSIA