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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

Driver's side interior of Studebaker. Keys are in the ignition and telecommunications equipment is visible. Circa 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

Bob Falconer

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

John Purdon (8341), driver, and Harry Parker (8886) beside 1937 Chevrolet MTS registration number 83-206 outside Mornington Police Station circa 1937

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo Joan Ball

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Inside driver's side of Ford Fairlane 300 showing steering wheel, column shift and seat belt draped over driver's seat. Circa 1961

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three men in suits and hats standing in front of a Ford Fairlane, registration number HDK-021. Man in the middle is Graham Allchin. Circa 1960

Carte de Visite (John Christie)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite of Detective John Mitchell Christie

Historical information

Detective John Christie was one of Victoria's most famous detectives from 1867 to 1875. He was responsible for solving some of Victoria's most famous crimes

Record of Conduct and Service (Arthur Ernest Edgerton)

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 22/08/1913; Discharged 8/08/1918 WW1 service: Enlisted 1 November 1916; Discharged as medically unfit (rheumatism): 29 December 1916.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Triumph Herald, registration number HEK-602. Circa 1960

Journals - The Phonographic Magazine and Typewriting News of Australasia

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

An incomplete collection of ten shorthand journals. Only known published example of Thomas McIntyre's manuscript 'Reminiscences of a Victoria Mounted Constable (A Narrative of the Kelly Gang and Other Bushrangers)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy ute registration number GUV 106 acting as lead car for a wide and heavy load at Church/Chapel Streets. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Rear view of severely damaged Ford Twin Spinner, registration number WO-915, circa 1951

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Frank Porter's grandson lying on a stationery BSA A10 wearing a helmet

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

D.D. Fraser 8226 and Pat Trueman seated on rear bumper, circa 1942

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (Auxiliary police)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Auxiliary Police woman looking at a traffic map of Victoria at D24 in Russell Street.

Historical information

Taken from an album of various police departments at Russell Street.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon sedan with emblem on passenger's door. Circa 1960

Carte de Visite (Michael Scanlan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph of Michael Scanlan. Although inscription on rear reads Lonigan, this image is that used in reference to Scanlan in publications

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

Record of Conduct and Service (George Ernest Bunting)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Official documdent

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 2/03/1903; Leave of absence (?): November 1916; Rejoined 15/04/1919 WW1 service: Enlisted 6 November 1916; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 9 December 1918; Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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 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

Record of Conduct and Service (Albert Caesar Lewis)

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: Enlisted 11/04/1899; Granted leave of absence 1/11/1916; Re-joined 16/02/1919; Resigned 31/08/1922; Highest rank: Senior Constable WW1 service: Enlisted 19 October 1916; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: 3rd Divisional Training Unit; Fate: returned to Australia 20 October 1918

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

Admiral Halsey meeting motorcycle police standing beside Ariels in full uniform including hat, tunic, elbow length gloves, jodphurs and boots.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Fleet of Studebaker Larks

Inscriptions & Markings

Wireless Patrol 1964 Lark Cruiser

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

First communications car, Lancia, with George Leeming driving. Fred Canning operator, C Peverell and Fred Downie in the rear with police dog sitting on running board, circa 1923

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A Morris car, registration number HRC-698, overtaking a truck while crossing double lines. There is an image of a speedometer in the top centre of the photograph reading 20 mph.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Brough Superior with uniformed rider and four uniformed men standing around the bike. Circa 1942

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.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Line up of five Wireless Patrol Daimlers parked outside the Royal Exhibition Building circa 1926-1936

Prison record (George Combo)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for George Combo, prisoner registered number 31905, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

George Combo, an Aboriginal man from Queensland, had a long criminal history, dating from 1908. These included idle and disorderly, housebreaking, assault, resisting policy, obscene language, assaulting police.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two unidentified police in Dodge divisional van, with man at front holding radio telephone to his ear, circa 1950

Carte de Visite - Carte de Visite James Nesbitt

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

James Nesbitt was an accomplice and companion of Andrew George Scott, also known as Captain Moonlite. Nesbitt and Moonlite met whilst serving gaol sentences in Victoria. Many claim Nesbitt and Scott were lovers. Nesbitt was killed in a shoot out with police in 1879 after the robbery of Wantabadgery Station near Wagga Wagga and a subsequent shoot out with police. He is buried in Gundagai. 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.

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'

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle Patrol riders standing in a row behind Honda 900s. Circa 1980.

Photograph - Photograph of Olive Philips, 10742

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Olive "Ollie" Philips joined Victoria Police in 1949 and served for over 35 years. In the 1950s she moved to Geelong to establish the areas first Women Police Division. In this photograph she is pictured with another policewoman "Barbara".

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Eight unidentified plain clothes police in front of a police vehicle. Six are standing and two are sitting.

Cartridge bag (Ned Kelly)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Bag, saddle, leather with flap and two metal buckles with straps broken. Metal loop and larger metal buckle attached at top.

Historical information

This cartridge bag was taken from Ned Kelly by Sergeant Steele, when he was finally apprehended in the famous shootout with police at Glenrowan, some two years after the Stringybark Creek murders. Sergeant Steele stated that the dark stain on the bag is Ned Kelly's blood: "That is Ned Kelly's cartridge bag. That is the one he was wearing at Glenrowan. I took it off him, with the other things, when he fell. And that stain is his blood. He was wounded in several places, and bled a good deal. Yes it is a grim relic - not at all pretty". (Sergeant Steel) Cartridge bags such as these were worn slung over the shoulder (the strap for this one is missing). They were used to carry ammunition.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker, registration number JDS-530, with uniformed man standing at driver's door wearing a greatcoat, jodphurs, boots and hat. Circa 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

Dick Askwith

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three police cars with blue lights on roof in yard at Dawson Street. L to R: Rambler registration number JGC-301, Studebaker Accident Appreciation Squad station wagon, registration number JFH-991, Studebaker registration number JGA-213. Circa 1965

Carte de Visite (Joe Byrne)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of the dead Joe Byrne

Inscriptions & Markings

Joe Byrne Bushranger after Death (in ink on rear)

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ariel motorbike, registration number CC-434, and rider parked near a number of empty livestock trucks. On the right hand side is a telephone pole and wooden telephone box. Circa 1960.

Badge (Strikers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Gilt and enamel circular badge with a central red background containing a logo in gold gilt and an outer blue background

Inscriptions & Markings

"Police Strikers' Association" on obverse and "25" and Stokes & Sons Melbourne" on reverse.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Russell Street garage with motorcycles in the foreground and cars in the background. There is an unidentified person in the foreground working on the motorcycles. Circa 1974

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon Q, registration number HGY-104. Circa 1960

Corkscrew

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Metal corkscrew on turned wooden handle. A small knife is attached in one end of the handle. The corkscrew worm has a cylindrical shape frame attached to the central stem. A small pin is inserted above this, and can be made loose to allow the cylinder to move further up the stem to remove the cork

Historical information

The corkscrew was discovered in a box with a 1906 newspaper article concerning the Victoria Police Museum and its collection. In it Inspector Cawsey speaks of the corkscrew as being the same given to him by convicted serial killer Frederick Deeming in 1892.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four men getting out of a Studebaker Lark, registration number HNM-107, at night.

Record of Conduct and Service (Arthur Herbert Foyle)

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 30/05/1912; Discharged 19/08/1914 WW1 service: Imperial Reservist and recalled to his Regiment, The Hampshire Regiment 54th Division; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 1st/8th Hampshires (TF); Fate: Killed in action, Palestine, 19 April 1917