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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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Bandage Roller

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Wooden roller with handle used for rewinding bandages

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.

Steriliser, Fogmaster, Model 6208

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Aluminium electrical unit with swivel top portion

Historical information

Used to sterilise ambulances after carry patients to the former Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital. A mixture of water and disinfectant was heated and blown through the ambulance for a minimum of 10 minutes after an infectious patient was moved. Equipment was held at either the Fairfield ambulance station or at the Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital. Units were in use from at least 1962 through to the 1980s. Source Chas Martin curator AHSV 29 April 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

CHALLENGER FOGMASTER TRI-JET

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

Hat, Fur Felt, Ambulance Service Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey hat with checker band and badge at front

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambulance Service Victoria

Dressing, Cestra Cotton Wool

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey cylinder shaped dressing with blue label

Inscriptions & Markings

Cestra Cotton Wool

Photograph, Ambulance and nurses

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of five nurses sitting in front of ambulance

Inscriptions & Markings

CIVIL AMBULANCE SERVICE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION

Photograph, ambulance, Ford Customline

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance at Ford display venue

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong & District Ambulance Service Typical Special Body on Ford V8

Vehicle, motor, ambulance, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, 2006

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

A Mercedes Benz Sprinter four-wheeled vehicle fitted out as an ambulance. Body painted white with red and silver diagonal stripes in a strip along the mid-section of each side panel. The word Ambulance is written (in mirror image0 across the front of the vehicle.

Historical information

This ambulance is typical of thise used throughout Victoria in the 2000's. A very comfortable and manageable ambulance. It was stationed with the Gippsland Ambulance in Loch Sport, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration number UHG 147

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

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance 2-623 in from of building.

Historical information

Ford St John Ambulance probably in front of Adelaide headquarters

Inscriptions & Markings

ST JOHN AMBULANCE

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

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.

Photograph, framed, Shepparton & Mooroopna District Ambulance Committee

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph with grey matting and white over-painted timber frame. Group of 12 men in suits. Photograph of another man pasted into top right corner.

Historical information

presented to R.M. Syer inaugural president of the Shepparton & Mooroopna District Ambulance Committee. Committee members named in photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

PRESENTED TO MR R.M. SYER FOR SERVICES RENDERED AS INAUGURAL PRESIDENT

Label, student, school book

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Adhesive name, subject, grade and school label featuring a twin engine air ambulance aircraft

Historical information

Ambulance and safety awareness item aimed at school children . Label could be peeled off and used to identify a student’s school books.

Inscriptions & Markings

STOP, THINK AND STAY SAFE

Cap peaked, Rural Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White rigid ribbed peaked cap. Rural Ambulance Victoria badge on front of cap. Black plastic chin strap band above with plain gold coloured button on either end. Gold coloured plastic band in a wreath design either side of top of peak. Large red and white chequered band between the cap and the peak. Maker inscribed on plastic label inside cap.

Chart, medical, human body, right leg fracture

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Rectangular medical chart made from printed and coated paper laid on white fabric (?cotton) and showing a fracture to the right leg. The chart is attached to two wooden batons with masking tape. The top baton is moulded while the lower baton is circular in cross-section. Both batons are stained black.

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, Ambulances

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulances parked on the street

Inscriptions & Markings

shell -100

Book, accounts, South Eastern Region/Warrnambool, July 1982 to June 1988

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Dark blue binder containing loose leaf pages .

Historical information

accounts, South Eastern Region/Warrnambool, July 1982 to June 1988. This book covers a period when the South Eastern Region was created and also that organisations predecessors.

Pump, Cardio, Ambu

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Plastic and rubber portable heart pump. Compression and decompression rates diagram at top of item

Historical information

Used to maintain an d restart heart beat patients whose hearts have stopped

Inscriptions & Markings

Ambu Cardio Pump

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Course 180, A.O. III 1976

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and White photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: T. Lee, B. Pratt, A. Dales, G. Davies, C. Chapman, T. Cuddily, L. Ryan. Middle Row L to R: C. Price, J. Spanwick, I. Neilsen, J. Satori, D. Murfett, J.Dicker, P. Murphy. Back Row L to R: T. Austin, I. Scott, G. Pitt, W. Jenkins.

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

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).

Book, wages, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service, 1960 to 1963

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Grey hard backed book with red cloth spine

Historical information

Contains the names, shift times and wages of local ambulance service employees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Zion's Hours and wages

Microphone with cable attachhment - Microphone STC

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

STC Microphone with cable attached with PTT button front and back

Inscriptions & Markings

STC

Book, staff history and leave record, Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service (date range 1960s to 1980s)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue binder with loose leaf sheets for each staff member

Historical information

This book lists the details of all employees at the Goulburn Valley Ambulance Service and provides details on their work history, previous employment, education, address and next of kin details.

Photograph, framed - One of two Leyland Met buses modified with rear loading, ramp and 12 stretchers for major disasters - 1988

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.

Suction Unit, Jet, Laerdal

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Clear plastic bottle with green and white screw on cap with external plastic tube. Plastic bottle contains a green and white pressure pack.

Historical information

This pressure pack driven suction unit contains a lanyard to be placed around the neck (source Peter Naylon AHSV member and serving paramedic. 4 September 2016

Inscriptions & Markings

vacuumised cartridge for jet suction Laerdal

Shirt, long sleeve, Rural Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Blue button up shirt. Rural Ambulance Victoria patches on shoulders

Vehicle, motor, Ambulance, Ford Mainline, 1957

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Four-wheeled vehicle fitted out as an ambulance. Bodywork painted white with chrome trim. Red light located on roof. The word "Ambulance' painted in red above the front windscreen.

Historical information

This vehicle was owned and operated by Rural Ambulance Victoria. It was first used by the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Authority as an ambulance, and was stationed at Adaminaby. It was later transferred for use by the North Eastern Regional Ambulance Service (1977)

Inscriptions & Markings

Registration number 148164 .