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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
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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Photograph, Rescue

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Laminated colour photograph.3 ambulance officers in white overalls lowering equipment.

Historical information

Possible trench cave in or industrial accident and patient recovery

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, Numurkah Branch, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, 13 August 1963 to 30 June 1971

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey hard bound book with red spine.

Historical information

Minutes, Numurkah Branch, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, Numurkah Branch, 13 August 1963 to 30 June 1971

Inscriptions & Markings

Invicta

Box, ligatures, Catgut

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular, flat cardboard box with lid containing catgut ligatures for medical use. Made from black cardboard with yellow edging. The lid has a paper label adhered to surface printed in red, blue, and yellow. The underside of the box has a plain white label stuck over it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on lid "Three-spool Tank Package - Catgut Ligatures"

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)

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

Photograph, roof top rescue

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of 'Cherry picker' on fire truck extended to height while lowering casualty to ground.

Historical information

Rescue of injured man in Flinders Street Melbourne, circa 1970s. The name Bill Long has been written on the back of each photograph in this series.

Inscriptions & Markings

Phoenix Hotel

Monitor defribulator, Lifepak 4

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cream and brown plastic medical equipment with carry handle.

Historical information

Used in Mobile Intensive Care Ambulances (MICA) 1, 2 and 3 during the 1970s and 1980s. These units were effective and reliable. Paramedics were happy, however, when they were replaced by the Lifepak 5 as the new unit was much lighter and smaller. Source Ian Donaldson AHSV assistant curator. This particular item was donated to Ambulance Service Melbourne by the Collier Charitable Fund.

Inscriptions & Markings

PHYSIO-CONTROL PRESENTED TO AMBULANCE SERVICE - MELBOURNE BY COLLIER CHARITABLE FUND

Presentation, Framed, Community Hero Awards, 2002

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black timber framed newspaper articles (x 4), comminity hero badge and community hero awards document.

Historical information

presentation shows those people who received community hero awards in 2002

Inscriptions & Markings

COMMUNITY HERO AWARDS 2002

Helmet, Safety, Ambulance Service Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White plastic helmet

Historical information

Worn by ambulance officers during rescue operations or other hazardous situations when there was risk of head injury. This helmet was used by ambulance officers based at Yarra Junction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambulance Service Victoria

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.

Photograph, Auxiliary Ambulance

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of commercial truck fitted with stretchers in the back

Historical information

This truck was fitted out for use as an auxiliary ambulance in the Second World War. Photographs AHSV646 and 647 show interior stretcher layout

Inscriptions & Markings

THE MUTUAL STORE LIMITED FLINDERS STREET MELBOURNE 12.150

Pen Light Torch

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cylinder Pen Light Torch

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in England

Flag, Ambulance Service Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue flag with Ambulance Service Victoria logo in centre

Historical information

Used at Hastings Ambulance station

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambulance Service Victoria

Photograph, framed, first training school for ambulance officers.

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph with white matting and white timber frame. Ambulances officers, nursing sisters and men in suites in front of building.

Historical information

first training school for ambulance officers. Students and instructors named in photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

AMBULANCE SERVICE - VICTORI FIRST SCHOOL OF TRAINING FOR AMBULANCE OFFICERS GEELONG - 18TH SEPT - 13TH OCT -1961

Defribulator, Liteguard mini

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey portable defribulator with black panel and inserted paddle.

Historical information

Portable defribulator. Possibly used in air ambulances.

Inscriptions & Markings

TEMTECH SER NO 3212

Register, Accounts, East Gippsland & District Ambulance Service, 1968 - 1974

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Binder with metal spine. No cover. Hard backboard

Historical information

Contains details of ambulance jobs in the region between 1969 and 1974. Details of patients, location of call out and patient delivery, cost and times for job.

Book, Receipt

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Small cash receipt book with blue cardboard front cover and brown cardboard back cover. The book has blue cloth binding along the spine. The pages are numbered 1 to 50. Each page has a duplicate numbered page behind it. The book includes a loose sheet of blue carbon paper tucked behind the back cover.

Historical information

Used by Country Ambulance Services , probably for ambulance subscriptions and other payments

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in blue ink on the front cover 'No 432 Cash Receipt Book Numbered in Duplicate' Written in pencil on the front cover top right hand corner is 1/6 (presumably the price of one shilling and sixpence)

Book, revenue, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, January 1966 to June 1972

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Hard bound book. Red.

Historical information

revenue, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, January 1966 to June 1972

Inscriptions & Markings

Revenue book

Book, Victorian Civil Ambulance Service, staff wage payments, June 1966 to December 1970

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Dark blue binder containing loose leaf pages.

Historical information

Victorian Civil Ambulance Service, staff wage payments, June 1966 to December 1970

Chart, medical, human body, general anatomy

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular chart made from printed and coated paper on a fabric base. The chart is mounted at either end on timber batons using small metal tacks. The upper baton is moulded while the lower baton is circular in cross-section. Two screwed metal eyelets have been attached at either end of the upper baton for use in hanging the chart. A short length of 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

The logo of the St John Ambulance Association is printed on the bottom edge of the chart (LHS) along with the words 'ST JOHN'S GATE, LONDON E.C.1'. The artists name 'J.Teck' is printed near the bottom edge of the chart in the centre.

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'

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, Ambulance Officers, Ambulance Officers Training College

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Photocopy of group photograph. Three rows of staff.

Historical information

Ambulance Officer Training College class of 1976. Ambulance officer George Hood may appear in this photograph. George passed on a large donation of material to the museum relating to Reg McGinley.

Ambulance, Dodge, 1975

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White Dodge Ambulance

Historical information

This vehicle was used for patient clinic runs between Morabbin and Kingston Hospital. It then was modified into an ambulance mobile communications vehicle. Found to be too small to fulfil this role it was later allocated to the Healesville State Emergency Service. It then returned to Ambulance Victoria where it was stored at Eltham for ten years. The vehicle was repaired mechanically by Bill Redpath in 2016 and repainted. It will be restored internally by AHSV members and former MICA paramedics to represent Car 208, Victoria's and Australia's first Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA). The AHSV holds some of the original equipment from Car 208 and this will be refitted into the Dodge.

letter with photo - Letter of approval

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

letter of quotation

Historical information

Quotation letter from S jackson

Inscriptions & Markings

letter with photos

Infusion trainer, Laerdal

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cream coloured tin box containing prosthetic arm and other equipment. Instruction and parts page included

Historical information

Used for arm infusion training. This equipment was owned by the Ambulance station at Bendigo.

Inscriptions & Markings

PLEASE RETURN TO AMBULANCE SERICE VICTORIA NORTH WESTERN REGION 135 ARNOLD ST BENDIGO VIC 3550 TELEPHONE (054) 421988 FACSIMILIE (054) 430023

Training Aid, Cardiac Rhythm Simulator

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue plastic carry box containing technical item, instruction manual, menu card and servicing report. 3 separate power cables included.

Historical information

Used to rain ambulance staff in the detection and management of patient heart rhythms. Simulator was hooked up to operational monitor defribulator and operated so that the monitor defribulator simulated patient rhythms of different types. This particular unit was used at Frankston South and by the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Regional Training Unit. Documentation with item shows that it was serviced and operational in 2005.

Inscriptions & Markings

LAERDAL MEDICAL FRANKSTON SOUTH REGIONAL TRAINING UNIT

Untitled

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulances parked in front of building.

Historical information

Victorian Civil Ambulance Service headquarters in Lonsdale Street Melbourne around 1955

Inscriptions & Markings

VICTORIAN CIVIL AMBULANCE SERVICE

Sign, Geelong & District Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cream background with red impressed text

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong & District Ambulance Service

Book, wages, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, 1963 to 1967

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey hard bound book

Historical information

Book, wages, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, 1963 to 1967

Inscriptions & Markings

Norseman

Monitor defibrillator, Lifepak 10

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cream coloured electrical equipment with carry handle. Green monitor screen and paper chart printer built in. Red fabric carry case on item.

Historical information

Entered service in around 1982. Remained in service for around 4 years and mainly used in ural areas.

Inscriptions & Markings

PHYSIO-CONTROL

Book, accounts,1961 to 1960 (ambulance service unknown)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue Kalamanzoo binder with loose leaf pages (all detached)

Historical information

Details of the ambulance service which created and used this record are unknown. More research needs to be undertaken.

Plaque, Order of St John

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Wooden plaque featuring the logo of Order of St John.

Resuscitator, Air Viva

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

pale green fibre board box with carry handle. Opens out and contains a resuscitation kit. Contains instruction leaflets.

Historical information

Issued to Ambulance stations during the 1990s and also used at public venues kike swimming polls as the item was easily used by personnel with limited training. Item was used taken in ambulances. Source Chas Martin (AHSV curator 29 Feb 2016).

Inscriptions & Markings

THE CIG AIR VIVA RESUSCITATOR

Photograph, Ambulance, Dodge

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of St John ambulance Registration number 244-165

Historical information

St John Dodge ambulance. This vehicle was presented to St John by the combined South Australian metropolitan racing clubs.

Inscriptions & Markings

ST JOHN AMBULANCE TRANSPORT DIVISION

Brochure, Operating Instructions, Thermot Portable Infant Incubator

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white printed 27 page brochure. Photograph of incubator/humidy crib on front cover.

Historical information

Instruction booklet for infant incubators in AHSV collection

Inscriptions & Markings

THERMOCOT CIG

Switchboard

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Brown timber switchboard. Black switch panel on front and notice plaque top right corner.

Historical information

Used in the Victorian Civil Ambulance Service Lonsdale Street headquarters until that facility closed and moved to Latrobe Street.

Significance

The small size of this headquarters service switchboard demonstrates the rapid growth of the ambulance service in the 20th Century

Inscriptions & Markings

notice

Certificate, Ambulance Officer Training Centre, Ambulance Officer Grade lll, Laurence Pearce Spelling

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

DL sized certificate with Hospital and Charities Commission logo top left and Ambulance Service Victoria logo top right.

Historical information

Awarded to Lawrence Pearce Spelling. 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 a MICA coordinator. In the period 1999-2003 he was area manager for Rural Ambulance Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambulance Service Victoria Hospital and Charities Commission

Photograph, framed - Cessna 404 Titans operated by Sunstate Airlines for Air Ambulance Victoria from 1989

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph (print) in timber frame (green paint) with Perspex glazing. Frame has hanging wire attached at back.

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.

Photograph, Ambulance

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance

Historical information

From Geelong and District Ambulance Service

Inscriptions & Markings

GEELONG & DISTRICT AMBULANCE SERVICE

Cardiac compressor, external - Cardio 2

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cream, beige and gun metal compressor

Historical information

Known as 'the thumper' this compressed air driven equipment entered service in the early 1970s. it did heart compressions automatically during CPR and allowed the ambulance officer to conduct other patient management activities. The thumper was known for breaking the patients sternum and was not especially successful. Source display label and Chas Martin curator AHVS 16 March 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

Corbin & Farnsworth inc

Photograph, framed, North East Victoria District Ambulance Service, Committee of Management

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph with cream matting in brown frame. One woman and 14 men in two rows - one row of five sitting.

Historical information

North East Victoria District Ambulance Service, Committee of Management. All board members named on photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

PHOTOGRAPHED ON 19 FEBRUARY 1985

Form, Booklet, Certification of Death

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue covered tape bound book of forms. Duplicate pages (white and pink)

Historical information

Kept in ambulances. Certification sign off could only be made by a doctor. Rarely used.

Inscriptions & Markings

CERTIFICATION OF DEATH

Meeting Ledger - Victorian Civil Ambulance Service Meeting record

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Folder with green binder with inserts (glued)

Historical information

First record 1947

Inscriptions & Markings

Staff notice book

Photograph, framed - The first purpose-built Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA), based at Royal Melbourne Hospital - 1972.

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph (Print) with mountboard surround, enclosed in a timber frame (painted green) with Perspex glazing. Hanging string attached at back.

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

Hat, Fur Felt, Ambulance Service Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey hat with checker band and badge at front

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambulance Service Victoria

Photograph, award presentation to Greg Gibson

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of award presentation.

Historical information

Ambulance Service awards and medals presentation event.