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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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Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

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 (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Customline, registration number GCD-057 at a rally with ute registration number GOG-870, circa 1953

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden station car, registration number JKC-464, with blue light on roof and siren on bonnet. Parked in a Kew street. Constable William Robertson driver.Circa 1965

Photograph (Victoria Police) - Police Force group photo with woman

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on brown frame. Formal 2 row structure portrait in front of brick building - all in sharp suit clothing. 7 men [police officers?] standing cheerfully looking to the camera. On the front row 3 men sitting and woman in the middle (perhaps office assistant).

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Eight Ford Customline Wireless Patrol cars in the Russell Street garage. Circa 1957

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Side view of BMW1100. Circa 1991

Inscriptions & Markings

Transport Branch. ? Division. ?Workshops. ? Wellington St Collingwood 3066

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Maurice Bradsworth on a 1961 BMW solo motorcycle

Carte de Visite (Francis Harty)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Francis Harty a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows a man with a short bushy beard wearing a heavy winter coat (double breasted), facing right

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Uniformed MTS policeman leaning on running board of 1934 Ford Roadster registration number 41-260, circa 1934

Inscriptions & Markings

Ford Roadster 1934 Trucks Patrol

Record of Conduct and Service (William Caryl Fulton)

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 26/11/1913; Discharged 6/07/1915; Re-appointed 14/01/1920; Discharged 3/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 30 July 1915; Highest rank: Lieutenant; Regiment: 14th Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 23 Sep 1919; Medals: 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal

Prison record (Muriel Butler)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Muriel Butler, prisoner registered number 7400, giving details of the prisoner, her crimes and the dates and places of her trials.

Historical information

Muriel Butler stole a black coat and a fox skin fur in Melbourne in January 1918. She was arrested when getting off the train in Ballarat. She was also wanted by the police for circulating valueless cheques. She had committed previous crimes of stealing and false pretences between 1914 and 1918, sometimes under the name of Agnes James.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Kawasaki 650cc with Mal Wesson sitting on it outside a house. Side view.

Photograph (ten men with rifles)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph showing a group of ten men with rifles in a staged bushland setting. Eight are standing and two are crouching.

Inscriptions & Markings

Superintendent Hare's search party taken just before they were about to start for the Strathbogie Ranges

Record of Conduct and Service (William George Collins)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Odfficial 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; Resumed police duties 28/04/1916; Died from pneumonic influenza 17/07/1919 WW1 service: Enlisted 16 December 1915, reattested 4 January 1916; Discharged 19 April 1916 for family reasons

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The Studebaker Victoria Police Canteen parked and serving several police members. There are two parked Ariel motorbikes parked to the front of the photograph and a third Ariel parked to the right. There are a number of police seated on benches on a platform eating and socialising. Circa 1960.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle Patrol riding BMWs in V format through a park with activities on the oval in the background. Riders are wearing helmets and white elbow length gloves. Circa 1963

Photograph (grave of Thomas Lonigan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia coloured photograph of Constable Thomas Lonigan's grave stone mounted onto card with embossed scalloped. leaf and ribbon design at top and along top sides

Prison record (James Olney)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for James Olney, prisoner registered number 34778, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

Olney, a police constable, was charged with shopbreaking and receiving in September 1917, in the company of Frederick Hartwig, a fellow constable. They stole cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, postage stamps and some money. Olney was found guilty of shopbreaking.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden ute, front view, registration number JHE-915, parked at a right angle to a Studebaker Lark, side view. Circa 1964

Historical information

Photo of the rear yard of the Mobile Traffic Section offices at 145 Chapel St. St.Kilda

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

Two uniformed police standing beside car - Sgt Terry Bible (l) and I/C Frank Porter (r), circa 1954

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon on side of gravel road with mountain range in background and two uniformed officers in hat, coat and jodphurs standing beside it. Circa 1962

Historical information

Members of the Benalla Highway Patrol

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Valiants, Fords and Cortinas parked in a garage. Circa 1967

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

Hotchkiss Patrol Car driven by Harry Rand. Two other cars appear in photo with a group of fourteen unidentified men, circa 1922

Inscriptions & Markings

Hotchkiss March 1922 at Warragul

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

Humber Super Snipe patrol car, registration number HLO-001, in a park or paddock. Circa 1962

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Customline with damage to right hand side of the vehicle from bumper to bumper. Registration number GTP 257. Circa 1958