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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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Hand Made Scissor Pouch - Scissor Pouch

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Scissor Pouch

Book, Minutes, Wangaratta Ambulance Commitee, 1928 to 1953

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Hard bound book

Historical information

Appears to be the first document relating to the formation and operation of an Ambulance service in Wangaratta

Inscriptions & Markings

Minute Book 1928 1953

Photograph, framed - The Fleet and Officers on parade outside Headquarters in Lonsdale Street - circa 1940

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.

Ambulance, Motor, Studebaker, 1965

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White Ambulance

Inscriptions & Markings

East Gippsland Ambulance Service

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.

Book, revenue, Shepparton District Ambulance Service, October 1946 to April 1951

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Hard bound book. Blue cover with red spine.

Historical information

Book, revenue, Shepparton District Ambulance Service, October 1946 to April

Inscriptions & Markings

Revenue

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre MICA Graduating Group, March 1993

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance MICA graduates

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Terry Marshall, Ian Clark, Matthew Davidson, Craig Chilton, Michael Fuery. Back row L to R: Mal Boyle, Justin Nunan, Dennis Morrissey, Michael Donnard, Rob Blaikie, Peter Collins, Jim Burzacott, Beata Csupor, Terry Houge, Dr Frank Archer, Gary Robertson, Tony Walker, Tony Hucker, Ken Hamilton.

Photograph, medal presentation to ambulance officer

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance officer and man in suit with medal.

Historical information

ambulance officer Graeme Jenkins (at left) being presented with the National (good conduct and long service) medal.

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

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

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 37C, October 1990

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Lee Klein, Mark Wallace, Georgina Rolington, Kevin Manson, Gary Carlson. Middle Row L to R: Geoff Goodman, Chris Caldecoat, Ray Main, Michael Ingamells. Back Row L to R: Bill Hogan, Michael Keating, Brendan Procter.

Sign, Victorian Civil Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cast metal circular badge mounted on chip board (the later not being original to object)

Inscriptions & Markings

VICTORIAN CIVIL AMBULANCE SERVICE

Mannequin, CPR training

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Head and torso mannequin with grey plastic travel case. Mannequin has electronic reader at base.

Historical information

Used by Rural Ambulance Victoria for cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. The inscription Swan Hill T.A.E. indicates that object was used at Swan Hill by either Rural Ambulance Victoria or perhaps by another owner at some point.

Inscriptions & Markings

SWAN Hill T.A.E.

Radio, Two Way, TCA ,FN1677

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Green VHF radio with handset

Historical information

Fitted to ambulance car

Inscriptions & Markings

TCA FM1677,manufactured in Australia by Philips TMC

Microphone with cable attachhment - Microphone STC

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

STC Microphone with cable attached with PTT button front and back

Inscriptions & Markings

STC

Photograph, Streetscape

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of street. Man in Second World War pattern helmet and overalls rings a hand bell in foreground

Historical information

Possibly a civil defence exercise

Inscriptions & Markings

LA MYSTERE MY LADY OF THE BATH

Plaque, Ambulance officer course GE 1/95

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Wooden Plaque featuring a Thomas the Tank locomotive model course attendee names.

Historical information

Contains names of members of Ambulance Officers on Course GE 1/95. This course probably trained in 1995.

Inscriptions & Markings

One, two skip a few ... nine then ten, we're ambulance men

Humidicrib, CIG, Thermocot

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Metal box with Perspex opening top section. Carry handles at each end.

Historical information

Humidicribs are used to transport sick babies from small hospitals to major hospitals for specialist care. They work by maintaining normal body temperature and provide oxygen if needed during ambulance transit. Known by a variety of commercial names, earlier humidicribs were ones heated with water bottles. Not part of an ambulances standard equipment, humidicribs are kept in ambulance stations and carried if babies needed to be transported. In the early days before humidicribs came into use and when air ambulances did not exist, many more babies died during emergency transits than do today The Thermocot Developed from the Port-O-Cot, CIG later produced the Thermocot. The new humidicrib had a number of advantages over the Port-O-Cot. Most importantly it had an over-temperature alarm and cut out. It was also calibrated in degrees Celsius as by then the metric measuring system had been introduced to Australia. It also had a front opening canopy which was easier for nursing staff to use.

Inscriptions & Markings

Thermocot portable infant incubator CIG

Photograph, framed - The first two horse-drawn St John Ambulance wagons near Studley Park, Kew - 1899.

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, framed - Twin engined Dauphine aircraft (helicopter) with Nitesun searchlight outside the Royal Childrens Hospital

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

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

Medallion, Commemorative, Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Doncaster headquarters opening

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Bronze circular medallion in plastic case.

Historical information

presented to staff to mark the official opening of the Doncaster headquarters. Given to Laurence 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 MICA coordinator. In the period 1999-2003 he was area manager for Rural Ambulance Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

presented to staff to mark the official opening of the Doncaster headquarters

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, accounts, 1960 to 1966 (ambulance service unknown)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

loose pages in a blue Kalamzoo brand binder

Significance

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

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

Resuscitator, Porton, Portable, Mark1

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black rubber resuscitator in timber box with leather carry handle. One side Perspex.

Inscriptions & Markings

DISTRIBUTED BY CALMIC LIMITED

Sanitary Towel, compressed, Southall's

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Single white cotton sanitary towel with blue fabric loops and wrapped in white paper packaging. The packaging is printed in red and black.

Inscriptions & Markings

Southall's Compressed Sanitary Towel Invaluable to ladies travelling Size D

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 32C, 19 May1989

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

1st Row L-R: Greg Green, Peter Casey, Michael Donnard, Justin Nunan, Brett Wilkins, Ken Wilkins. 2nd Row L-R: Hugh Esler, Paul Moran, Ron Lazones, Peter Calnan, Kevin Kelly, Barry Piez, John Sturgeopn. Top Row L-R: John Morris, Matthew Davidson, Paul Cracknell, Steve Llewellyn, Bruce Rae.

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

Ambulance Service awards and medals presentation to Peter Watts

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of award presentation.

Historical information

Ambulance Service awards and medals presentation event.

Photograph, Ambulance, Ford

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of two ambulance officer and nurse unloading patient from ambulance. Nurse holds drip

Historical information

Ambulance officers Ron Jacobs and David Crouch with unidentified nurse unload patient at city hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

AMBULANCE