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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.

Contact Information

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

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Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front of a Ford Customline, Highway Patrol, registration no. GDA 727, circa 1954

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda CB900F motorcycles being ridden in exhibition formation. Riders are L to R Tony Borg, Paul Martin, Dave Rogers, Barry Olsen and John Hall. Circa 1980

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Group of twelve Honda 750 solos at Nunawading TOG. circa 1977

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Owen Lloyd riding a Triumph Thunderbird with "Bunny" Storer as passenger in Dusting sidecar parked in front of a Volkswagen. Circa 1960

Carte de Visite (re-enactment of Ned Kelly's capture)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph of a re-enactment of Ned Kelly's capture

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

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle rider seated on BSA in full uniform including white helmet and gloves with policeman standing beside him, also in uniform, with a pith-hat style helmet. Circa 1962

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.

Prison record (Frederick Dunn)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Frederick Dunn, prisoner registered number 30410, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

Frederick Dunn was an habitual offender. He started offending very young and was first apprehended in January 1903 on a charge of stealing a canary. Subsequent crimes included stealing a gold watch chain, money, a silver watch. In 1913 he was charged with keeping a brothel and in 1914, of receiving

Police record (May Hall)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for May Hall, prisoner registered number 7351, giving details of the prisoner, her crimes and the dates and places of her trials.

Historical information

In March 1917, fire services attended a fire in a domestic dwelling in Carlton. When the owners returned they found that some of their clothing was missing. May Hall, 19, was later charged with stealing clothing and then burning those she did not want.

Photograph (James Kelly)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of James Kelly

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Charles Moore with the first Fitzroy CIB car, circa 1950

Carte de Visite (Steve Hart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph on cardboard showing Steve Hart

photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police pulling over a Volkswagon without any registration plates on the front. There are two uniformed police standing at the driver's window of the Volkswagon with the police car being a Ford Customline. There are two large trucks in the background hauling houses. Circa 1954. The Policeman are wearing a "Sam Browne" belt and equipment, apparently as a trial.

Report (Kelly Gang)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Printed report on cream coloured paper. Examines the role of Sergeant Steele during the Kelly Outbreak and Glenrowan

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ariel with rider, registration number 67-039. Circa 1947

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 car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Alvis Wireless Patrol car registration number 171-245, circa 1937 taken in the Russell Street HQ yard. The "Police" sign and tubing containing wireless aerials can be seen.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Daimler registration number 2-690 on hoist with damage to front right hand side mudguard and wheel, circa 1935

Inscriptions & Markings

No 140. No. 2 Daimler. Reg No. 2-690. Accident 23.5.35. Driver - H.V. Casey 8770. Struck a tram

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 (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

John Gur with BMW 45 wearing uniform and standing outside a house. There is a helmet on the seat of the motorbike along with gloves. Circa 1964.

Record of Conduct and Service (Harold Campbell Stearnes)

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 28/12/1911; Leave of absence December 1915; Resumed duties September 1918; Retired 23/09/1944 WW1 service: Enlisted 16 December 1915; Highest rank: Corporal; Regiment: 39th Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 24 January 1918; Medals: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Arial motorbike registration number BS 374 and Holden Ute registration number GHC 262, with two men in uniform standing beside each vehicle. Circa 1958

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Large group of men emerging from a Ford bus, registration number JP-601, circa 1949

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison van circa 1930s

Police Stations (Altona North)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

2 colour photos

Historical information

Altona North is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Altona North Police Station opened on 7 October 1979 as a new twenty-four police station and was the District Headquarters of Altona District. It comprised a C.I.B. and a Community Policing Squad. It is located at 72 Cooper Avenue, on the corner of McArthurs Road. A new police station is being planned for Galvin Street, opening in 2020.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1/ C Bap O'Sullivan of Bendigo leaning on running board of Ford V8 MTS patrol car, registration number 135-203, circa 1936

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Driver and patrol leader seated in front of Daimler. Bill Black seated in passenger seat. Circa 1928