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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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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

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, ambulance

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance truck with canvas cover on back tray and red cross on side.

Historical information

early vehicle at Myrtleford used as an ambulance and operated by volunteer fire fighters (source information on back of photograph)

Humidicrib, CIG, Port-O-Cot

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

metal box with carry handles and Perspex opening top. 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 Manufactured by the Commonwealth Industrial Gases Limited (better known as CIG), Australian-made Port-O-Cot brand humidicribs came replaced timber home-made humidicribs. They had electrical heating and easy to control oxygen flow and humidity control equipment. CIG also noted that noted that: Once the baby has been placed inside, the cot need not be opened, all nursing operations being carried out through the iris armholes. Even though the baby is in complete isolation nursing is a straight forward matter… The iris armholes allow nurses to feed, weigh, take temperatures, change napkins or, in fact, carry out any procedures without changing or disturbing the atmosphere within the cot. Happily for ambulance officers and nurses, the new Port-O-Cots were also much lighter and easy to carry than their old timber ones!

Inscriptions & Markings

PORT-O-COT

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.

Brochure, Major Disaster Routine

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White paper with red text. Logos of Hospitals and Charities Commission and Ambulance Service Victoria on front cover.

Historical information

Provides information to ambulance crew responding to a major disaster.

Inscriptions & Markings

MAJOR DISASTER ROUTINE

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

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.

Tin, Soap

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Tin with hinged lid containing Carbolic soap. Tin is coloured gold, red and white with black lettering. Small white paper label adhering to bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Calvert's Medical Soap Pure Carbolic Acid

Photograph, framed - Bell 206 aircraft served as the "Angel of Mercy", operated by PAS (Peninsula Ambulance Service) from 1970 to 1982

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, Dandenong MICA7 crew

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. 12 Ambulance officers with ambulance in background.

Historical information

MICA7 (Dandenong) with its original crew. From left to right; Rob Ferguson, Paul Livingston, Ron MacIntosh, Peter Ballard, Ian Donaldson, Russel Nelson, Rob Ray, Jeff Allan, Brian Fellows, Eric Shanssema, Don White and Laurie Spelling (MICA coordinator). 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.

Photograph, framed - Beechcraft Twin Bonanza which served as the first Air Ambulance, 1965-1971

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.

Sign, Geelong & District Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cream background with red impressed text

Inscriptions & Markings

Geelong & District Ambulance Service

Tin, Ointment, antiseptic

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Cardboard box containing a tin of antiseptic ointment. The box is sealed so unable to describe tin. The box is yellow/orange in colour with red and black printing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Buckhurst's Healing Ointment Family and popular use

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.

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.

Monitor Defribulator Electro Cardiograph, model 43120A

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Monitor Defribulator Electro Cardiograph. Electrical equipmwntr with screen, paddle and carry handle

Historical information

This Hewlett Packard 43120A monitor defribulator electro cardiograph equipment was trialled around 1981/1982 to Gren Sylvester at the Ambulance Officer Training Centre. Having proved successful, it was introduced to non-MICA (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance) ambulances in Victoria. It was used successfully for at least 15 years and was noted for its reliability and also for its ability to keep working after being dropped. It was later replaced by lighter equipment. Source Ian Gordon AHSV assistant curator 23 March 2016.

Inscriptions & Markings

SOUTHCARE UNIT NO 3

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 52C, July 1994

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Row 1: Neil Furlong, Michael Azzopardi, Juanita McCleary, David Watson, Paul James, Robert Lothian. Row 2: Peter Cooke, Adam Hooley, Andrew Black, Greg Kirk, John Strauss, David Jones, Darren Griffiths, Greg Nicholls.

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

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

Helmet, Safety, Ambulance Service South Australia

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Laerdal Heartsim 2000 - ecg monitor

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

hard black plastic case with monitor encased in foam

Inscriptions & Markings

instructions for teaching ECG interpretation, arrhythmia management and haemodynamic waveform recognition

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

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.

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.

GE VHF portable radio - Portable Radio multi channel

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Portable radio Multi Channel, with battery and case

Historical information

Portable radio Used by Rural Ambulance Service

letter with photo - Letter of approval

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

letter of quotation

Historical information

Quotation letter from S jackson

Inscriptions & Markings

letter with photos

Book, ambulance station log, Frankston, 13 June 1976 to 7 February 1977

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Card and fabric bound book

Historical information

ambulance station log, Frankston, 13 June 1976 to 7 February 1977

Book, Minutes, North Eastern Region Ambulance committee, August 1991 to February 1995

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red covered leather bound minutes book

Historical information

Minutes, North Eastern Region Ambulance committee, August 1991 to February 1995

Photograph, framed - Dodge ambulance and crew departing from the Children's Hospital, Carlton - circa 1940.

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

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