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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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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"

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.

Brochure, Operating Instructions, Port-O-Cot

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

8 page brochure. Cover has brown stripe down right hand side with a photograph of a nurse place a term-o-cot humidicrib in the back seat of a car

Historical information

Brochure provides information on the use and maintenance of port-o-cot infant incubators/humidycribs.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE SAFE TRANSPORT OF TINY BABIES

Photograph, framed, Community Hero Awards, 2000

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph in black frame with white matting. 21 people in group

Historical information

Bronwyn Pike, Victorian Minister fro Heath sits front row third from left. She is with the inaugural community hero award winners.

Inscriptions & Markings

INNAUGURAL METROLITAN AMBULANCE SERVICE COMMUNITY HERO AWARD PRESENTATION SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2000

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 7S Station Officer, 1987

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance station officer trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: P W. Crossman (NDAS), A. O'Sullivan (SWVAS), P. Guest (SUNRAYSIA), P. Martin (B&DAS), M. King (CVDAS), G. Harvey (CVDAS), D. Lumby (CVDAS). Back Row L to R: J. Mounsey (MAS), D. Robinson (CVDAS) P. Gibb (SWVAS), P. Judd (MAS), I. Donaldson (MAS), F. Edgington (SUNRAYSIA), R. Grieger (WDAS), C. Tyler (B&DAS), B. Fine (MAS), M. McCann (EGAS).

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

Momento, Metropolitan Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red framed tapestry featuring the Metropolitan Ambulance Service logo and Maltese Cross pattern around tapestry border.

Inscriptions & Markings

To the splendid women and men of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Thank you all for all for all the dedication, compassion, skill, care and kindness given to those in need

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

Report, hand-held radio communications, Ambulance Srervice Victoria, 1990

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Orange covered document with black plastic ring binding

Historical information

Owned by Laurence 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 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

Gaiters, Uniform, Ambulance officer

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Pair of dark brown leather gaiters with metal clips to fasten the side and a small brass buckle and strap at the top. The gaiters are marked in ink on the inside surface 'Left' and 'Right' and are both inscribed with the owners name ' W.BYRNE'.

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.

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

Photograph, Ambulance, Ford, F100

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Sepia coloured photograph of ambulance in front of trees

Inscriptions & Markings

VICTORIAN CIVIL AMBULANCE SERVICE AMBULANCE KHL-348

Microphone, PYE

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Light blue microphone with red button.

Historical information

Used by unknown country ambulance service.

Inscriptions & Markings

PYE

Radio, Two Way, AWA 25M CARPHONE

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey radio with handset

Historical information

Fitted to ambulance car

Inscriptions & Markings

AWA 25M CARPHONE SOLID STATE

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, medals presentation to Bill Barker

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 Bill Barker

Photograph, Graeme John

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph ataward presentation

Historical information

Metropolitan Ambulance Service awards presentation held at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne Victoria. Awards presented by Graeme John, (president, in grey suit) in presence of David Webb, the senior officer of the ambulance service.

Book, Minutes, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service Regional Committee, 21 February 1968 to 16 November 1988

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Soft black covered binder containing loose leaf pages.

Historical information

Minutes, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service Regional Committee, 21 February 1968 to 16 November 1988

Inscriptions & Markings

MINUTE BOOK FROM 21 FEB 1968 ->

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

Photograph, Ambulance Headquarters, Melbourne

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of three story ambulance headquarters with ambulance in driveway.

Inscriptions & Markings

VICTORIAN CIVIL AMBULANCE SERVICE

Brochure, Station Officer Certificate Course

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Fold out brochure. Ambulance Service Victoria logo top left corner. Ambulance Officers Traing Centre logo lower right corner

Historical information

Used to provide careers information to potential Ambulance station officers

Inscriptions & Markings

STATION OFFICER CERTIFICATE COURSE

Microphone, Benelec Dynamic - Microphone

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Dynamic Microphone

Inscriptions & Markings

Benelec Microphone Model 7 -703

Suit, flying, Air Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Zip up blue flying suit with Ambulance Service Victoria patches on each shoulder. Pilot wing badge on left breast.

Historical information

Worn by Air Ambulance Victoria Air Crew.

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

Fluid kit

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey plastic case containing two bottles of plasma volume expander, lines, needles and other equipment.

Historical information

Carried in ambulances. In pre paramedic days this equipment was operated by attending doctors rather than ambulance officers.

Inscriptions & Markings

HAEMACCEL FIRST AID BOX HOECHST

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

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

Jacket, motorcycle, uniform, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA), Paramedic

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue button-up motorcycle jacket with a MICA (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance) Paramedic badge on the top front left hand side. An Ambulance Service Victoria Paramedic badge is attached to the top of each sleeve. The name "Terry" is printed in white stencil letters on the right hand side of the front of the jacket.

Historical information

Worn by MICA (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance) Paramedic motorcyclists.

Book, Ambulance accounts, 1974 to 1976

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Hard bound book with red spine

Book, receipts - cash book, July to September 1969 (Ambulance Service unknown)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Card mounted book with cloth binding.

Significance

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