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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 [email protected] 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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Ambulance, Motor, Studebaker, 1965

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White Ambulance

Inscriptions & Markings

East Gippsland Ambulance Service

MA38 Oxy-viva - universal oxygen resuscitator

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

hard red leather case with oxy valves

Inscriptions & Markings

MA38 oxy-viva operating instructions

Book, Multilingual guide for emergency care

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Spiral bound booklet with Ambulance Service Victoria logo in centre

Historical information

created by ambulance officer Lindsay O'Brien to help communicate with non English speaking patients

Inscriptions & Markings

Arabic Chinese Greek Italian Russian Turkish Vietnamese

Photograph, Ambulance Personnel

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of two ambulance officers wearing full dress uniforms in front of ambulance

Historical information

Photograph of Tom Bennet and Tom Bryan in front of 1920s ambulance. Both appear to be wearing full dress uniforms.

Tin, Fullers Earth

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Tin with lid. Paper labels adhered to lid and around body of tin. label on lid is white with Brown, beige and purple/blue printing. Label on body is white with gold and red/brown printing. Lid can be removed and reveals contents - white powder (Fullers earth).

Historical information

Fullers Earth is powdered clay used as a cleaning agent amongst other things.

Inscriptions & Markings

For Toilet For Nursery Fullers earth Extra Finely Levigated and Free from Grit

Vehicle, motor, Ambulance, Ford F100, 1963

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Four-wheeled motor vehicle fitted out as an ambulance. Bodywork painted dark cream colour. Radiator surround and bumper painted white.

Historical information

Built for the Glenelg Regional Ambulance Service. The Ford F100 was used exclusively in the South West region of Victoria. This vehicle is typical of ambulances built for Australian rural areas.

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration number 15171H Has the word 'Ambulance " written above the front windscreen and ................ADD MORE

Photograph, framed - Victorian Officers of the St John Ambulance Brigade and families - circa 1910

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.

Photograph, David Webb

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph at award presentation

Historical information

Metropolitan Ambulance Service awards presentation held at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne Victoria. Awards presented by Graeme John, (president, in grey suit) with David Webb in attendance

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

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

Photograph, framed - Early defibrillator in use in car 208, the first MICA vehicle deployed by VCAS (Victorian Civil Ambulance service)1971

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.

Philips Microphone - Microphone Key Pad in line switch

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Microphone with in line push to talk switch

Historical information

Approx circa 1980s

Inscriptions & Markings

Philips Microphone

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training School, Mayfield, Malvern, September 1964

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and White photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Names of participants signed on reverse of photograph: Jim Mason, Goulburn Valley, Shepparton Trevor Jobling (?), Murray Valley, Swan Hill Alf Bainbridge (?), Glenelg Ambulance, Hamilton Keith Thomas, Victorian Civil Ambulance Service Ray Harris(?) , W.D.A.S., Horsham Stan Barnes, Geelong & District Ambulance Service Doug Harper (?), North Eastern, Wangaratta Jim Woolgoo (?), Penninsula, Dandenong Morrie Denham (?), St John, Adelaide Geoff Ryan, CVDAS, Bendigo Charlie James, Penninsula, Frankston Terry Edwards, V.C.A.S., Cheltenham Stewart Ferguson, Latrobe Valley, Morwell Ben Kingsley, V.C.A.S. Bert Cluff, Ballarat & District Ambulance Service Charlie Williams, South Gippsland, Korumburra Robert Stewart, V.C.A.S. Jack Bourke, Geelong Harold Berry, Training Officer Faye Jameson

Photograph, Wangaratta ambulance control room

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance officer at control consol

Historical information

Mal Campbell is sitting at Consol

Register, Ambulance Jobs, Swan Hill & District Ambulance Service, 1931 to 1956

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Leather bound book

Historical information

Register, Ambulance Jobs including patient, driver and cost, Swan Hill & District Ambulance Service, 1931 to 1956

Pen Light Torch

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Plastic Pen light Torch ever ready

Inscriptions & Markings

Ever ready pen light Torch

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

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black binder containing loose leaf pages

Historical information

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

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

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.

Photograph, Ambulance, Ford

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of St John Ambulance

Historical information

Probably at Adelaide station headquarters

Inscriptions & Markings

ST JOHN AMBULANCE TRANSPORT DIVISION

Photograph, Ambulance Station, Yarrawonga

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of brick building with ambulance in yard.

Historical information

supplementary page with photograph gives statistics relating to this stations operation in the period 1963-1964

Framed photograph - Photograph of Mercedes Benz 312

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black framed colored photograph of Mercedes Benz 312 built in 2000 by Mader International

Book, Ambulance Subscriptions, South Western Victoria Ambulance Service, 1986 to 1988

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black plastic binder containing loose leaf sheets.

Historical information

Ambulance Subscriptions, South Western Victoria Ambulance Service, 1986 to 1988. Divided into four sections; Terang, Camperdown, Mortlake and Port Fairy

Chart, medical, blood circulation and heart

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular medical chart made from printed and coated paper laid on white fabric (?cotton) and showing the upper part of the human body, with skeleton, organs and blood circulation. The chart is attached to two wooden batons with small metal tacks. The top baton is moulded while the lower baton is circular in cross-section. Both batons are stained black. There are two screwed metal eyelets attached to the upper baton used for hanging the chart. A short length of red cotton tape is attached to the mid point of the upper baton with a metal tack and is used for securing the chart when it is rolled up. There is the remnant of a printed paper label adhered on the reverse side of the chart at the top edge, but unable to read the writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Album, photograph, photographic record of the official opening of the Latrobe Valley District Ambulance Service headquarters, 6 May 1978

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

cream coloured photograph album. Brown pages.

Historical information

opening of ambulance headquarters by Sir Rupert Hamer

Book, accounts, North East Region, September 1979 to May 1980

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Green hard covered accounts book.

Historical information

accounts, North East Region, September 1979 to May 1980

Inscriptions & Markings

Analysis book

Photograph, framed - A Buick ambulance outside the new Footscray Station, which opened in 1933.

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.

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Training Officer Certificate, 1987

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance training officer trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: C. Butler (MAS), A. Haldane (MMDAS), B. Phillips (TUTOR), B. Wright (G&DAS). Back Row L to R: J. Wilkins (SUNRAYSIA), E. Gaylard (GVAS), A. Hucker (G&DAS), I. McPhail (SWAS).

Brochure, Major Disaster Routine

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White paper with red text. Logos of Hospitals and Charities Commission and Ambulance Service Victoria on front cover.

Historical information

Provides information to ambulance crew responding to a major disaster.

Inscriptions & Markings

MAJOR DISASTER ROUTINE

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Command and Leadership Course,Group 2, Novermber 1993

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance command and leadership trainees

Historical information

On Chairs: Graeme Smout, Ben Ellis, Mark Watkinson, Darren Hicks, Trevor Browning, Tim Hobson. Row 2: Ken Curtis, Mal Scott, Garry Keen, Ron Baars, Dale Prentice. Row 3: Ron Martens, Ian Jarvis, Tom McLean, Anthony Foss.