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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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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

Bandage, triangular, Vernaid - The Vernaid Bandage

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White cotton triangular bandage printed in black with drawings showing how it can be used. Small white label sewn to rear with initials N.R machine embroidered in red.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in England The Vernaid Bandage Registered Design Approved by Sir James Cantlie K.B.E., F.R.C.S V & Co Ltd

Book, receipts - cash book, 1 July 1964 to 30 June 1965 (ambulance service unknown)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Card covered book with cloth binding

Significance

Ambulance service which created and used this book is unknown. Further research needed.

Ambulance, Motor, Studebaker, 1965

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White Ambulance

Inscriptions & Markings

East Gippsland Ambulance Service

Microphone, PYE

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Light blue microphone with red button.

Historical information

Used by unknown country ambulance service.

Inscriptions & Markings

PYE

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.

Certificate St John Ambulance Association Medallion

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Light green certificate white St John Ambulance logo top left corner.

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

THE VENERABLE ORDER OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM THE PRIORY IN AUSTRALIA

Photograph, Ambulance, Ford Mainline

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance in front of building

Historical information

Geelong and District Ambulance Service Ford Mainline ambulance

Inscriptions & Markings

GEELONG & DISTRICT AMBULANCE SERVICE

Photograph, framed - 1923 T Model Ford outside the old Melbourne Hospital in Lonsdale Street.

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.

Book, Minutes, South Western Victoria Ambulance Service, 16 July 1954 to 18 August 1961

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Leather bound minutes book with green cover

Historical information

Minutes, South Western Victoria Ambulance Service, 16 July 1954 to 18 August 1961

Inscriptions & Markings

MINUTE BOOK

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.

Kit, Intubation

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue plastic zip up box containing a complete intubation kit.

Historical information

Used in MICA ambulances in the 1980s. Source Ian Donaldson AHSV assistant curator and retired paramedic 5 October 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

airway

Shirt, Community Emergency Response Team, Metroplitan Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Green button up shirt with Community First Responder patches and logos and high visibility stripes.

Historical information

Community Emergency Response Team members are highly trained Ambulance Victoria volunteers who live in areas (usually rural) some distance from an ambulance station. They are activated to attend emergencies and treat victims while the ambulance is still travelling to the scene.

Inscriptions & Markings

Community First Responder

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.

Photograph, Ambulance, Ford

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance

Historical information

St John Ford Ambulance probably at Adelaide headquarters. Its body was built by 'Bodycraft'

Inscriptions & Markings

AMBULANCE ST JOHN

Book, record of ambulance service life members, Shepparton region, 1950s to 1960s

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red hard bound book

Historical information

record of ambulance service life members, Shepparton region 1950s to 1960s

Inscriptions & Markings

Indexed through

Chart, medical, human body, blood circulation

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular medical chart showing the upper part of the human body, skeleton, organs and blood circulation.The chart is made from printed paper on a fabric (?cotton) base and is attached with metal tacks to timber batons at each end . The timber batons are stained black. 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 used to hang the chart.

Inscriptions & Markings

The artists name 'J.Teck' is included on the lower edge on the front of the chart (LHS). 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 (on the front of the chart at RHS). The words 'BLOOD CIRCULATION' are written in blue ink on the top margin of the chart on the reverse side.

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

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

Photograph, Ambulance Recruit Course 190A, Mayfield Training Centre, 31 January 1977

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of Ambulance Recruit Course, Mayfield Training Centre trainees,

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Kevin Davis, Graham Allen, Graeme Barrowman (Dec), George Hood, Barry Shadlow, Tom Carron (Instructors), Michael Standing (ACT), Eric Rennie, Don Guy. Middle Row L to R: David Elliot, Ray Nolan, Paul O'Toole, Dale Trevaskis, Pat O'Bryan, Derek Pearson, Keith Simon (ACT), Ken Dean, Roy Limb, Bryn Kendall, Mark Hamer, Robert Boyd. Top Row L to R: Wal Drinkwater, Barry Hall, Gerard Van Hees, Stephen Nangle.

Stretcher, emergency evacuation

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Brown timber board with fold up upper section and two webbing carry handles.

Historical information

Probably made by ambulance officers in a regional area (possibly north east Victoria) and probably used for rescues of injured people.

Photograph, medals presentation to Bob Tomlinson

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of award presentation.

Historical information

Metropolitan Ambulance Service awards presentation held at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne Victoria. Awards presented by Graeme John, (president of ambulance service board, in grey suit) in the presence of David Webb Superintendent (now Company Executive Officer position, wearing uniform and with beard). Recipient of award Bob Tomlinson

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)

Photograph, Ambulance, Horse Drawn

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance wagon with one horse in front of building

Historical information

Building in background possibly still exists at Austin hospital site

Inscriptions & Markings

Austin Hospital Ambulance given by William Drummond

Drawing, Ambulance Headquarters, Lonsdale Street

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour drawing in black timber frame. five story building.

Historical information

Architectural drawing for the proposed new Victorian Civil Ambulance Service headquarters at 64 Latrobe Street Melbourne. From photographs of this site after construction, it is possible that this architectural proposal was the successful design for this building.

Inscriptions & Markings

NEW OFFICE BUILDING PARKING GARAGE AND REPAIR GARAGE

Book, case log book, Ballarat Ambulance Service, January 1948 to August 1954

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Green leather bound book

Historical information

case log book, Ballarat Ambulance Service, January 1948 to August 1954. Shows details of ambulance jobs.

Tag, mass casualty event

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Yellow cardboard tag with printed details and the word ‘hospital’ 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

HOSPITAL

Carry chair

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red metal tracked chair with blue canvas seat.

Historical information

Used in the 1980s and designed to facilitate the movement of patients down stairs and into ambulances. Item was not carried in ambulances and had to be delivered to incident site when required. Item was not a success and ambulance officers continued to use chairs to move patients down stairs. Source Chas Martin AHSV curator 7 November 2016

Book, Record of Donors, Latrobe Valley District Ambulance Service, Headquarters Building Fund

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red leather bound book with black spine

Historical information

Record of Donors, Latrobe Valley District Ambulance Service, Headquarters Building Fund. For photographs of completed building see AHSV1343

Inscriptions & Markings

Headquarters Building Fund

Book, Minutes, North Eastern Victoria District Ambulance Service committee, May 1986 to April 1988

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red covered leather bound minutes book

Historical information

Minutes, North Eastern Victoria District Ambulance Service committee, May 1986 to April 1988