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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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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.

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Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle Patrol riding BMWs in exhibition format at Ballarat Showgrounds. Circa 1964

Inscriptions & Markings

BMW R69s or R60 models at Ballarat Showgrounds. L to R Roy Weir, Ray Johnston, Dennis Scandolera, Ralph Herbert

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Senior Constable Bill Gore on a 1953 Ariel Square 4 motorcycle

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Customline. Unidentified driver and passenger, circa 1957

Record of Conduct and Service (Stephen McInnes)

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 27/07/1904; Granted leave of absence: July 1916?; Re-joined 1918; Resigned 30/07/1918 WW1 service: Enlisted: 28 July 1916; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 24th Infantry Battalion; Fate: returned to Australia 30 January 1918

Photograph (Queensland trackers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted onto black cardboard showing the Queensland trackers and Chief Commissioner of Police Standish with John Sadleir, Stanhope O'Connor and Senior Constable King of Queensland

Record of Conduct and Service (Herbert Leslie Newland)

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 01/11/1912; Discharged 31/08/1914; Re-appointed 01/04/1919; Retired 07/08/1948; Highest rank: Sergeant WW1 service: Enlisted 1 September 1914; Highest rank: Lieutenant; Regiment: 1st Australian Divisional Artillery; Fate: Returned to Australia 23 October 1918; Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Record of Conduct and Service (John Fleming)

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 4/06/1913; Granted leave of absence: 3/09/1916; Re-joined: 1/08/1918; Resigned: 30/06/1923 WW1 service: Enlisted: 6 September 1916; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: 23rd Howitzer Brigade, 9th Reinforcement; Fate: Returned to Australia: 15 April 1918; Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Newspaper (Kelly Gang capture)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front page of The Herald, Melbourne Special Edition, June 28, 1880. Card board backing. Text to left side details the capture of the Kelly Gang.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of a line of seven Ariel motorbikes. Circa 1960

Photograph (James Kelly)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of James Kelly

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Zephyr Divisional van 1960.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Graeme Rust standing beside BMW 1100 in open parkland. Circa 1998

Inscriptions & Markings

S/C Graeme Rust Knox TOG

Record of Conduct and Service (Charles Highland)

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 15/02/1906; Took leave of absence July 1915; Resumed duties 22/03/1920; Retired 12/04/1938; Highest rank: Senior constable WW1 service: Enlisted 20 July 1915; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: Australian Army Provost Corps; Fate: Returned to Australia 20 February 1920; Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Mercury, Wireless Patrol, circa 1947

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon sedan with emblem on driver's door, siren on bonnet and light on roof. Registration number HHC-021.

Historical information

Photo of a very early Falcon Mobile Traffic Section patrol car.

Record of Conduct and Service (Arthur John Donaldson)

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 24/02/1910; Resigned 16/05/1916; Re-joined 14/08/1919; Retired 14/04/1948; Highest rank: Sergeant First Class WW1 service: Enlisted 16 May 1916; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 21st Battalion, 16th Reinforcement; Fate: Returned to Australia 8 May 1919; Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Harry Duffy, Pat Walsh, Bill Clottu and Reg McMillan in front of vehicle number FL-303, circa 1944

Historical information

A 1944 Mercury Wireless Patrol car and crew. Left to right : H Duffy 9294, P Walsh 9636, W Clottu 9593, R McMillan 9675 (driver)

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 3 Mercury

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Accident Appreciation Squad's Ford Fairlane. Young child in the foreground and wooden fence and house in the background. Circa 1961

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A 1926 Daimler Wireless Patrol with registration number 22967 leaving Russell Street police station with car registration number 19235 behind. The first car was Daimler #4 and the second shown was Daimler #1. Leaving the South Gate into Russell St.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda 750, registration number MP-055, with rider in uniform including short sleeved shirt, tie, helmet with police insignia on it, gloves and jodphurs. Circa 1980

Photograph (Constable Lonigan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing head of Constable Lonigan

Inscriptions & Markings

Constable Thomas Lonigan Murdered by the Kelly's (in ink on rear)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Side view of a Rambler Classic. Circa 1966

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker, Cortina and Anglia (registration number HRG-314). There is also a van in the background and a number of men standing around a pile of unidentified objects, all in an open paddock

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Interior of a 1951 Chevrolet

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two Ariel Square Four Mark IIs with riders on country road. Circa 1954

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Brawler Vans, registration numbers HEH-903 and HEH-902. Circa 1961

Record of Conduct and Service (David Francis Gillespie)

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 22/03/1909; Resigned: 21/07/1915 WW1 service: Enlisted: 8 July 1915; Highest rank: Company Sergeant Major; Regiment: 7th Battalion, 10th Regiment; Fate: Died of war injuries, 27 March 1917

Record of Conduct and Service (Richard James Clinnick)

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 7/02/1902; Leave of absence August 1915; Re-joined 18/05/1919; Retired 3/12/1931 WW1 service: Enlisted: 16 August 1915; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 8th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement; Fate: Returned to Australia: 20 Nov 1919; Medals: Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Prison record (Alfred Richardson)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Albert Richardson, prisoner registered number 28563, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

Alfred Richardson was charged, in company with James Barry, of having stolen gold bearing quartz from the Golden Pyke mine, Bendigo, in November 1901. He had many previous minor convictions for drunkenness, assault, no visible means, etc.

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.