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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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location
637 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria 3008 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9247 6354

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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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.

Jenny Baker 22 January 2020 1:53 PM

I was involved with the 1969 Victoria Police Courtesy Rally. Do you have any information or images from that event please?

Jennifer McNair 22 January 2020 3:21 PM

Hi Jenny, Thank you for getting in touch. Please contact us at [email protected] with all the details you have. Our research officer will be able to help with your query. Looking forward to hearing from you. Victoria Police Museum

Helen Richardson 27 May 2020 7:44 PM

I was wondering about the photo of Daniel Delaney, a Kelly supporter. Was he the Daniel Delaney from Wangaratta, son of John & Mary Delaney or a Daniel Delaney from Greta son of Daniel Joseph Delaney?

Helen Richardson 1 June 2020 1:46 PM

Is there a document in the collection from the Beechworth hearing of the Kelly sympathisers showing their details

[email protected] 1 June 2020 1:57 PM

Hi Helen, Thanks for commenting on our collections page. Please send an email with your questions to our enquires address [email protected] Our Research Officer will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that we are on restricted hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic so this may take longer than usual.

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Poster (Reward Kelly Gang)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Reward proclamation for the arrest of Edward Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Stephen Hart and Joseph Byrne

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy van, registration number HEF-449, escorting a truck carrying a long and wide load. Circa 1961

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Rambler Classic, registration number JNC-003, with light on roof. The car is parked and all doors are open. There is somebody sitting in the driver's seat and somebody else in the back seat, neither identifiable. Circa 1967

Historical information

Photo of a Wireless Patrol Rambler patrol car in 1967 with the driver.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle police riding Ariels along tram tracks with two mounted police to the rear of the photograph

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

G Rust and R Francis sitting on BMW1100s in uniform but without helmet or gloves - front and side view. Circa 1991

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Five BMWs with riders standing beside them in full uniform, including white elbow length gloves and helmets, in parkland. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford prison van showing insignia in the middle of the carriage section of the van. Side view. Circa 1961. Outside City Watch house

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Interior of Ford Falcon showing driving shaft with column shift and communications equipment. Circa 1961

Carte de Visite (John Stewart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of John Stewart a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a lightly bearded man wearing a jacket facing right. Hair is brushed back

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1949 Ford Deluxe registration JX-509, showing the rear of the car, circa 1949

Oral History - Chief Inspector Bryan Kelly

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Digital archive of oral history of former Chief Inspector Bryan Kelly. Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Bryan Kelly is a former Chief Inspector at Victoria Police, and former president of the Victoria Police Legacy. In 1980 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for dedication to the welfare of police families. Kelly was involved in the appointment of some of the first police women to stations outside the CBD, including Springvale. In this interview, Kelly discusses the role he played in employing more police women and reminisces about police women's experiences in the 1970s.

Carte de Visite - Carte de Visite of Captain Moonlite

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

Andrew George Scott, also known as Captain Moonlite, was an Australian bushranger. Born in the 1840s, he was hanged in New South Wales in 1880 for the shooting of Constable Edward Webb-Bowen after a series of robberies and a shoot out with police near Wagga Wagga. Aside from his crimes and activities as a bushranger under the alias Captain Moonlite, Scott is also known for his relationship with his companion James Nesbitt. Many claim Nesbitt was Scott's partner and lover. In 1995 Scott's remains were exhumed and placed next to Nesbitt's to satisfy Scott's dying wish to be buried next to his companion.

Record of Conduct and Service (John Pape)

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 29/05/1913; Discharged 19/08/1914; Re-instated 17/02/1916; Resigned 14/08/1923 WW1 service: Enlisted 19 August 1914; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Returned to Australia 29 August 1915; Medals: 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Carte de Visite (Scanlan) - Carte de visite Michael Scanlan

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Carte de Visite (Walter Stewart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Walter Stewart a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph shows a seated man with a bushy beard wearing a jacket with checkered pants, facing left

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

Letter

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Hand written letter dated 18 December 1868 addressed to Thomas McIntyre from the local board of the Provincial School of Red Bank.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Zephyr, registration number HGB-906, and three Ariel motorcycles with drivers standing beside. Circa 1962

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Klaus Mueller on a Kawasaki 650 wearing full uniform including helmet, jacket and tie, long riding gloves, jodphurs and riding boots. Circa 1965

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Leon Barry, facing away from the camera, seated on Ariel motorcycle registration number CK-395

Record of Conduct and Service (Stanley James Speed)

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 28/10/1914; Leave of absence August 1915; Re-joined 29 July 1919; Retired 22/07/1945 WW1 service: Enlisted 3 August 1915; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 4th Division Traffic Control; Fate: Returned to Australia 23 March 1919; Medals: Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Preliminary breath testing station with Traffic Operations Group van and police motorcycle in front of van. Uniformed policeman has pulled a Volvo over to breath test the driver and a police car is parked behind the van. Circa 1974

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda CB750, registration number KF-433. Circa 1971

Inscriptions & Markings

Transport Branch, No. 2 Division, Police Workshops, 119-193 Wellington St., Collingwood 3066

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

Prison record (Robert Sinclair)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Robert Sinclair, prisoner registered number 29536, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

Robert Sinclair, a travelling entertainer, committed a variety of offences including housebreaking, having a skeleton/picklock key in his possession, being an habitual criminal. He had several aliases.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A Mercury Wireless Patrol car and crew in 1944. Left to right: J O'Connor 9186. G Cracknell 9395 (driver). W Crowley 9315, A Coventry 9320.

Historical information

Photo shows bumper bars painted white when the headlights were half blocked during the "brown out".

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Anglia, circa 1963

Poster (Kelly Gang)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Medium sized proclamation poster declaring that Daniel Kelly and Ned Kelly are outlaws according to 'The Felons Apprehension Act 1878'

Carte de Visite (Richard Strickland)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Richard Strickland a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of lightly bearded man wearing plaid jacket with a neck tie facing right

photograph (police awards)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Valor Badge Awards ceremony, circa 1942.

Historical information

All members were in a Wireless Patrol car when shots were fired at the car during a pursuit

Inscriptions & Markings

L to R: S/C Herbert 6364 W.P.; Const Stanesby, 9226 W.P.; McIlwaine 9399 W.P.; Runting 9534 T.B.; Suttie, 9556 W.P.