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Victoria Police Museum Docklands, Victoria

From the largest collection of Kelly Gang armour in Australia to forensic evidence from some of Melbourne's most notorious crimes, the Victoria Police Museum presents visitors with an intriguing insight into the social history of policing and crime.

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Mezzanine Level World Trade Centre Siddeley Street Docklands Victoria (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9247 6354
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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

Entry Fee

Gold Coin Donation

Location

Mezzanine Level World Trade Centre Siddeley Street Docklands Victoria

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This collection is housed in the Victoria Police Museum, located in the World Trade Centre on Flinders Street in Melbourne’s CBD. It focuses on three elements: Police Archives, General Policing Equipment, and Crime. The extensive collection includes many items reflecting the social history of policing in Victoria, such as the largest collection of Kelly Gang armour in Australia, early police uniforms, police equipment and weapons, memorabilia relating to shady underworld figures lurking around Melbourne’s streets in the 1920s (including ‘Squizzy’ Taylor), the remains of the car used in the Russell Street headquarters bombing, and the latest forensic technologies. Archival materials include Victoria Police service records dating from 1853, crime scene photographs; official police documents such as criminal files and original evidence from some of Melbourne’s most notorious criminal cases.

Significance

This collection documents the history of the Victorian Police Force, and its impact on and contributions to the lives of Victorians and Australians. It also provides insights into the nature of crime, the experiences of police and victims, and to the broader social and political consequences of crime and policing.

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Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three wireless patrol teams in front of Ford Fairlanes. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Accident Appreciation Squad Studebaker, registration number JFH-991, with a uniformed driver and passenger. Circa 1965

Record of Conduct and Service (John Lynn Henderson)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Official document

Historical information

When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all. Victoria Police service: Joined: 20/11/1913; Resigned 12/10/1915; Re-joined: 24/06/1919; Discharged: 3/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted: 28 January 1916; Highest rank: Gunner: Regiment: Australian Army Ordnance Corps; Fate: Returned to Australia: 5 April 1919

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police woman in front of Holden station wagon talking to a dishevelled man in suit. There is another police officer seated in the driver's seat. Circa 1963

Inscriptions & Markings

'EJ Holden 1962-3'

Photograph (Queensland trackers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph of seven men including Trooper Kirkham of the Victoria Police and two Queensland trackers

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four unidentified men standing beside a Mercury, circa 1942

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon, registration number HMG-904. Circa 1961

Scrapbook (Henry Pewtress)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small hard-cover, red fabric scrapbook with handwritten title on front cover 'The Reminiscences of Ex-Superintendent Henry Pewtress'. Book contains a collection of cut out newspaper articles including a series 'A Police Officer reminiscences' (by W.F.M.) relating to Henry Pewtress. There is a photograph of Henry Pewtress in the front

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1939 Ford Mercury as part of Wireless Patrol, in front of Russell Street, circa 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

Driver S/Const Mick Patterson. Const Jack O'Connor

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The first Victorian Motor Police Cycle Patrol. Four motorcycles with side cars pictured from L to R: Bill Black and Jack Jarvis, Bill Hunt and Eric Wangman, Sgt Peverill (standing), Eric Milne and F Bensley, R. Buckley and W. Coffey. Circa 1924

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda CB900 on display in the police stand at the Royal Melbourne Show. There are two display boards in the background featuring other photographs of police on motorbikes. Circa 1980

Certificate and Scroll (Robert Graham)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black embossed leather scroll with printed and handwritten Royal Humane Society Award Certificate awarded to Robert Graham for rescuing sufferers from the flood at the Goulburn River at Shepparton on 7th November 1887

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A number of V8 Valiants lined up with their bonnets open revealing their engines. Circa 1967

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Willys M.T.S. Section car 50 with receiver only, circa 1942

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo: Clare Brown

Pamphlet (Kelly Gang) - The Kelly Legend

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Printed folded cardboard pamphlet. Ned Kelly image on front cover in black and white. Inside large colour reprint of Sidney Nolan painting (right side) with Australian Sketcher and two other images (left side)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker Lark registration number HRS-515 in a paddock. Circa 1962

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Eight Ford Customline vehicles in the Russell Street garage. Circa 1957

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy van with driver, registration number GVF 057. Motorcycle with rider, registration number BS 302. Ford Customline with driver, registration number GUZ 045. Circa 1958

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

4.3 litre 6 cylinder Alvis registration number 174-614 at Russell Street garage with significant damage to the front right hand mudguard and door, circa 1937

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Harley Davidsons, registration number 6-302 ridden by Alf Brown and registration number 6-619 ridden by Charles Mumford. Circa 1947

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Herbert Leslie Allen riding a Brough Superior with Matt Owens in side car in front of a military vehicle, registration 153721, with a military man standing and saluting for the visit of Montgomery. Motorcycle is flying the Australian flag while vehicle behind has a Union Jack. Circa 1945.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Rambler Classic and two Ford Falcons parked with no occupants. Circa 1967

Record of Conduct and Service (John Stewart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Official document

Historical information

When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all. Victoria Police service: Joined 28/09/1911; Discharged 7/07/1915 WW1 service: Enlisted 14 July 1915; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Killed in action 25/10/1917; Medals: British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Fairlane registration number HCA-173 with two men sitting on the bonnet - Laurie Scala and Max McHugh and two men standing beside the vehicle - John Dix and Norm McDonald. Circa 1959

Carte de Visite (Sergeant Kennedy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Sergeant Kennedy

Inscriptions & Markings

Sergeant Kennedy (printed in ink at top), shot by the Bushrangers (very faint under image)

Crime Card - Crime Card Ballarat

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

White paper card, stamped form, filled out in ink.

Historical information

Crime cards were used by police to record an offenders personal details, their offense, arrest and release or transfer. These crime cards are from Ballarat region, 1872.

Bomb Car

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Car used in the bombing of the Russell Street Police Headquarters in 1986.

Sketch (Ned Kelly)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of an illustration showing Ned Kelly in the Guard's van enroute to Beechworth

Inscriptions & Markings

Ned Kelly and Sergeant Steele in the van. From the Sketcher (in ink on rear)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Rear view of Ford Customline, registration number GEX-613, with damage to the left hand side, circa 1953

Prison record (Arthur Oliver)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Arthur Oliver, prisoner registered number 35082, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

William Clark, Arthur Oliver and William Hoare were captured in February 1919 whilst attempting to rob the bank teller of the Middle Park branch of the ES&A bank who was on his way to deposit a large amount of cash in Albert Park. Detectives had received information on the intended robbery and were waiting to capture the men who had surrounded the teller after he got off the train. Clark and Oliver appeared in court in March 1919 but Hoare did not appear and his bail was forfeited

Photograph (Steve Hart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white studio photograph showing a standing Steve Hart

Inscriptions & Markings

Steve Hart Bushranger (on rear in ink)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Daimler car with damage to rear left hand side, circa 1939

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wilbur Walker (9380) seated in a 1942 Wolseley 25HP outside Bourke Street West Police Station, circa 1942

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo: W Walker

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four uniformed women standing beside a Ford, circa 1953

Inscriptions & Markings

'1953 Ford. Val Jones'

Record of Conduct and Service (William Marchbank)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Official document

Historical information

When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all. Victoria Police Service: Joined 10/06/1908; Resigned 7/11/1910; Re-joined 1/05/191; Granted leave of absence 20/07/1915; Returned to duty 15/09/1919; Died at the police hospital 19/07/1941; Highest rank: Senior constable WW1 service: Enlisted: 8 July 1915; Highest rank: Lieutenant; Regiment: 32nd Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 3 July 1919

Tunic, Female

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Dark blue tunic with silver buttons and first constable rank. Metal Victoria Police insignia on each shoulder. 1947-1979.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Victoria Police' (on badges) 'June M. Long 23/10/1968' (on inside label)

Record of Conduct and Service (Sydney Charles Ottaway)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Official document

Historical information

When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all. Victoria Police service: Joined: 1/09/1909; Grated leave without pay 3/09/1918; Re-joined 17/01/1919; Discharged for misconduct 6/01/1921 WW1 service: Applied to enlist 20 August 1918; Discharged 5 September 1919 due to demobilization of the AIF

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two brawler vans, registration numbers MZA-911 and JNB-203. Circa 1965

Oral History - Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Digital archive of oral history of former Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell. Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Myrene Purcell is a retired Detective and Senior Sergeant with Victoria Police. In 1975 she applied for a transfer to the Criminal Investigation Branch and later trained at the Detective Training School.She was a member of the Sexual Offences Squad, which was the first squad of female officers and detectives, who were to investigate rapes and sexual offences in Victoria. In this interview, Purcell discusses her training, career and experiences of discrimination.

Photograph (Emily Mather's grave)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Colour photograph showing the grave of Emily Lydia Mather

Revolver

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Colt Model 1849 Percussion Revolver, Serial Number 53939. Five round chamber and a plain timber handle with the letters 'E.K.' scratched into the handle.

Historical information

Weapon believed to have been owned by Edward Kelly as evidenced by letters 'EK' scratched into the bottom of the handle.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Mercury registration number LJ-410, on a test drive in a Fitzroy laneway, circa 1949

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Nine Honda 900s in a V formation with one back in the centre of the V, at the rear of formation, and the city skyline in the background. Circa 1981

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Anglia, circa 1963

Negatives, Glass plate - Archive of glass plate negatives from crime scenes

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The archive of over 400 glass plate negatives consists of 1/4 plate, 1/2 plate and full plate glass negatives

Historical information

The photographs are crime scene depictions, taken to assist police and detectives in solving crime. Most scenes are from the 1930s and 1940s which was a time when photographing crime scenes was still a relatively new action. Many of the scenes are without context as the location or crime have not been recorded against the image. Some have been identified. Either way they present an evocative image of Melbourne's past.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Fleet of twelve Studebaker Patrol cars. Circa 1963

Record of Conduct and Service (James William Bear)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Official document

Historical information

When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all. Victoria Police service: Joined 30/09/1909; Granted leave of absence 1/10/1915; Re-joined 1/03/1917; Discharged 15/12/1920 for misconduct WW1 service: Enlisted: 23 September 1915; Discharged as medically unfit 28 February 1917

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Hondas and BMWs in close formation riding around a track at Ballarat Showgrounds. Circa 1973

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Font view of Studebaker, registration number HVN-707, being driven at night by an unidentified driver with an unidentified passenger. Circa 1963

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy van, registration number HVP-355, with insignia on the driver's door, siren and megaphone on the roof. Circa 1963