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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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Photograph, framed - Unloading T Model Ford no.3, at St Vincent's Hospital circa 1920.

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.

Tag, mass casualty event

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red cardboard tag with printed details and the word ‘resuscitate’ 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

RESUSCITATE

Photograph, Ambulance, Horse Drawn

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of horse drawn St John Ambulance in front of building

Historical information

St John ambulance probably outside the Eastern Hill Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade headquarters. Noted on copy as the first ambulance in Victoria 1899.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION

Book, Minutes, North Eastern Victoria District Ambulance Service committee, July 1979 to April 1986

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red covered leather bound minutes book

Historical information

Minutes, North Eastern Victoria District Ambulance Service committee, July 1979 to April 1986

Photograph, framed - Victorian Officers of the St John Ambulance Brigade and families - circa 1910

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, Ambulance accounts, 1978 to 1979

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Red hard covered book

Historical information

Ambulance accounts, 1978 to 1979

Letterhead Paper, Ambulance Service Victoria

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

White paper with Ambulance Service Victoria letterhead and logo at top

Inscriptions & Markings

INCORPORATES AIR AMBULANCE VICTORIA

Photograph, industrial accident

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Two black and white photographs mounted on folio sized office paper. Shows injured workers being treated on ambulance officers and workers.

Historical information

Possibly Latrobe Valley power station. Images mounted in the same way as AHSV1460. Ambulance officer B. Quirke attending

Photograph, Framed, Medical Emergency Adult Retrieval Service (Emergency and Critical Care Services)

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of Medical Emergency Adult Retrieval Service Crew in front of a Lloyd Helicopter.

Historical information

Medical Emergency Adult Retrieval Service (Emergency and Critical Care Services) crew 1999. Included in photo are ; Dr Johannes Wenzel, Mr Phillip Hogan, Mr Barry Busby, Associate professor Joseph Epstein, Mr Kenneth Laycock. Absent from photo are ; Dr Mary Buchanan, Dr Edward O'Sullivan

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

Overalls, Community Emergency Response Team, Lavers Hill Group

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Green zip up overalls with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Lavers Hill patches on each shoulder, C.E.R.T. Logo on back and high visibility patches. This item belonged to the Lavers Hill CERT.

Historical information

Community Emergency Response Team members are highly trained Ambulance Victoria volunteers who live in areas (usually rural) some distance from an ambulance station. They are activated to attend emergencies and treat victims while the ambulance is still travelling to the scene.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lavers Hill

Hand Made Scissor Pouch - Scissor Pouch

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Scissor Pouch

Photograph, ambulance, 1938 Dodge

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance with trees in background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Victorian Civil Ambulance Service Sale District

Photograph, St John Ambulance Station

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of a St John Ambulance Station with two cars in garage and two ambulance officers in front.

Historical information

inscription on back of photograph states '1913 to 1919 25/- per week' (wages?)

Inscriptions & Markings

ST JOHN AMBULANCE 3354 671

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

Poster, Air Ambulance, Bell 206

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of Peninsula Air Service Bell 206 air ambulance helicopter hovering over an F100 ambulance. Mounted on Masonite.

Historical information

.promotional/marketing item

Inscriptions & Markings

Your ambulance service We'll always be there

Photograph, award presentation to Greg Gibson

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of award presentation.

Historical information

Ambulance Service awards and medals presentation event.

Photograph, Ambulance Officer, Kevin Murphy

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph of ambulance officer holding radio in front seat of ambulance

Historical information

Inscription on back of photograph suggests this might be taken in Western Australia

Book, accounts, Shepparton District Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Hard bound book. Blue cover with red spine.

Historical information

accounts, Shepparton District Ambulance Service

Inscriptions & Markings

Ledger

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.

Album, photograph, photographic record of the official opening of the Latrobe Valley District Ambulance Service headquarters, 6 May 1978

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

cream coloured photograph album. Brown pages.

Historical information

opening of ambulance headquarters by Sir Rupert Hamer

GMS vacuum super splints - air activated splints

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

rad canvas bag containing air splints and pump

Minute book, South Western Victoria Ambulance Service

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

black binder filled with minutes, constitution and other documents

Historical information

Committee records for the South Western Victoria Ambulance Service board of management

Inscriptions & Markings

MINUTE BOOK

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

Photograph, Ambulance Officers Training Centre Group 35C, June 1990

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Colour photograph of ambulance officer trainees

Historical information

Front Row L to R: Ian Revell, Andrea Wyatt, Kelvin Walsh, Tony Balm, Stewart Carroll, John Seater, Steven Leeder, Michael Allan, David Cramer. Top Row L to R: Kevin Rogers, Noel Frost, Joe Hutchinson, Owen Curnow, Chris Jewson, David Bourke, Patricia Richards, Winton Hare, Paul Carr, Michael Economovich

Photograph, Wangaratta ambulance control room

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Black and white photograph. Ambulance officer at control consol

Historical information

Mal Campbell is sitting at Consol

Untitled

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

AWA VHF 2100 portable radio - Portable Radio multi channel

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Portable radio Multi Channel, with battery and case

Historical information

Portable radio distributed in Australia by AWA

Inscriptions & Markings

fm radio telephone M 1200 output 5 watts serial no 20685

Belt pouch Leather hand made - Belt Pouch

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Leather Belt Pouch

Tin, Fullers Earth

Ambulance Victoria Museum, Bayswater

Tin with lid. Paper labels adhered to lid and around body of tin. label on lid is white with Brown, beige and purple/blue printing. Label on body is white with gold and red/brown printing. Lid can be removed and reveals contents - white powder (Fullers earth).

Historical information

Fullers Earth is powdered clay used as a cleaning agent amongst other things.

Inscriptions & Markings

For Toilet For Nursery Fullers earth Extra Finely Levigated and Free from Grit