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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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Book, Minutes, Warrnambool and District Ambulance Service, 10 August 1949 to 18 June 1954

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red hard bound minutes book

Historical information

Minutes from formation Warrnambool and District Ambulance Service, 10 August 1949 to 18 June 1954

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'

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

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

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.

Photograph, framed - Paramedics in action, MICA 4 , based at the Austin Hospital 1990.

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.

Booklet, A Language Guide for Patient and Nurse - A Language Guide for Patient and Nurse

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Card covered booklet. White with black printing. Cover shows two hands shaking on the pages of an opened book with circular chain surrounding book. Multiple languages

Historical information

Used to help medical staff communicate with patients of different racial backgrounds.

Inscriptions & Markings

PRO RE NATA

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

Sanitary Towel, compressed, Sanoid

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey paper packet containing 1 dozen (12) Sanitary Towels. White paper label adhered to outside secures the packet closed. Label has black and red printing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sanoid Compressed Sanitary Towel Made in England

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

Chart, medical, human body, dislocations

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 semi-circular in cross-section 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 word 'DISLOCATIONS' is written on the back at the top margin, in black and red ink. The words 'ST JOHN'S GATE, LONDON E.C.1' and a logo for the St John Ambulance Association are printed on the bottom edge at the front of the chart (RHS).

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 39C, 1991

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

1st Row L-R: Robyn Ross, Con Kokkinopoulos, James Carter, Darren Wood, Brendan Webster, John Afford, Dianne Sheahan, 2nd Row L-R: Tim Jobling, Colin Dutton Tony Elliott, Ashley, Jackson, Al Broughton, Phil Matthews. Top Row L-R: Brett Hill, Lex Wynd, Alastair McCooke, Phillp Brake, Dale Bence, Geoff Tassell, Michael Dunn.

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 31C, 1988

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Peter Hartley, Greg Deuble, Michael Riordan, Mark Lamb, Peter Shearer, Peter Davidson, Michael Edwards. Middle Row L to R: Paul Reynolds, Chris Stoneman, Peter Bailey, Stephen Kershaw, Paul Lodder, John Lacey, Warren Kenney, Rick Kehoe. Top Row L to R: Maurice Ellis, Chris James, Malcolm Garth, Shane Gleeson, Danny McGennisken, Ken Potter, Chester Kaczmarek.

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

Document, Victorian Ambulance Service, Bank Pay Run

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Pink dot matrix document with printer holes on both sides. 8 perforated pages and white National Bank of Australasia receipt stapled right corner.

Inscriptions & Markings

DEPOSIT FOR ACCOUNT AT THE NATIONAL BANK OF AUSTRALASIA LIMITED

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.

Evacuation chair

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Aluminium folding chair with four wheels, two large two small covered with yellow vinyl. Black belt holding straps. Used for evacuation.

Historical information

Worlds first,

Inscriptions & Markings

Operation instructions on seat reverse with diagrams.

Book, revenue, Shepparton District Ambulance Service, July 1958 to December 1965

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Hard bound book. Red.

Historical information

revenue, Shepparton District Ambulance Service, July 1958 to December 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

Revenue

Training Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Plastic covered multi page instructional document. Diagrams (many in colour) relating to CPR on each page

Historical information

Used to teach the correct method of CPR

Inscriptions & Markings

LAERDAL

Register, Accounts, Ballarat & District Ambulance Service, 1937 - 1947

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Leather bound green accounts book

Historical information

Accounts book for the period 1937 to 1947. This book contains details of ambulance jobs in the Ballarat region, names of patient, address, illness etc

Suction Unit, Laerdal

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey plastic case with handle containing suction equipment

Historical information

Mobile suction unit with power. Possibly used from the late 1970s and into the 1980s for mechanical suction control. Possibly used in non MICA rural ambulances. Maintenance sticker on object indicates that it was last serviced in 1997. This suggests that the equipment may have been in use to that date.

Inscriptions & Markings

CHEMTRONICS P/L SAFETY TESTED PERFORMANCE TESTED

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 Officers Training Centre Command and Leadership Course 7/91

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance command and leadership trainees

Historical information

Leo Cartwright, Neil Tabrah, Eric Lee, Trevor Niklaus, George Brown, Graham Fitton, Mick Cameron, Peter Crew, Claude Trevisan, Peter Phillips, Nickolas Myles, Mick Hill, Bruuce Vann, Terry Stoker (?), R. Cumming, Trevor Mccosker (SWR), Paul Jansen, Mark Campion.

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

Photograph, Ambulance, 1909, Renault

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance. Two ambulance officers in cabin. third officer next to ambulance.

Historical information

First motor ambulance of St John Ambulance Brigade. 1909 Renault vehicle. Taken in exhibition gardens.

Inscriptions & Markings

ST. JOHN AMBULANCE

Emergency Rescue Stretcher

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Metal frame stretcher with blue plastic support and separate yellow plastic rescue slide.

Inscriptions & Markings

Max Load 220 kg. Rural Ambulance Victoria sticker. Email address www.dhsemergency.com

Resuscitator, Inhalator & Aspirator

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red carry case holding resuscitation equipment

Historical information

Not carried in ambulances but used for training purposes and held in ambulance stations. Kits like this were also maintained at swimming pools and factories. These items were in use during the 1960s and 1970s (and possibly for longer). Source. Chas Martin AHSV curator 29 March 2016. This example was donated by the Harcourt Auxillary (of local Ambulance service)?

Inscriptions & Markings

E & J MFG. CO. RESUSCITATOR GLENDALE, CALIF.

Photograph, framed - Interior of MICA 6 in 1982, a comprehensive life support system for time-critical patients

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 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.

Photograph, framed - 1926 Capitol Chevrolet ambulance based at Yarram, part of the early Country Division

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.