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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.

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Record of Conduct and Service (Isaac Oswald Webster)

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 27/05/1909; Resigned 19/08/1914 WW1 service: Enlisted 18 August 1914; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 6th Infantry Battalion; Fate: Killed in action, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 25 April 1915; Medals: 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda, registration number KD-575, in a garage/workshop in Collingwood. Circa 1975

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Morrie Lob on a Harley Davidson, registration number 6-629. Circa 1949

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police motorcycles on parade through town lead out by Studebaker registration number JFE-750. Circa 1964

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.

Sketch (Aaron Sherritt)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph showing a copied illustration of the head of a man. Partial caption underneath image

Inscriptions & Markings

Murdered by the Kelly Gang (written in ink on rear)

Keys - 19th Century Watchhouse Keys

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Large metal ring holding seven large keys to watch house cell doors.

Historical information

These watchhouse keys were used to secure the cell doors in an unknown watch house. They most likely date from the 1880s.

Certificate (Robert Graham)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Printed and handwritten United Grand Lodge awarded to Robert Graham

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Zephyr Mobile Traffic Section car with unidentified person in driver's seat. Circa 1960. Photo taken in Carlton Gardens with ICI building in the background.

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Fairlane 300 in open field with trees in the background. Registration number HBW-607. Circa 1959

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

International Brawler van, registration number JLG-402, leaving Dawson Street garage. There is a yellow plastic hand attached to the driver's door which was used as an indicator for turning right. The police insignia is visible on the rear side door and the police light is also visible on the centre front of the vehicle. Circa 1966.

Historical information

A 1966 International Harvester Brawler Van leaving Dawson Street Brunswick police centre.

Tunic, Female

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Dark blue tunic with silver buttons and first constable rank. Metal Victoria Police insignia on each shoulder. 1947-1979.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Victoria Police' (on badges) 'June M. Long 23/10/1968' (on inside label)

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 (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker, registration number JDS-649, with a young girl sitting in the driver's seat. Circa 1965

Historical information

Photo taken by Sgt Bill Gore of Benalla MTS of a patrol car with one of his daughters sitting inside.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Compilation of four photographs of the police caravan within the one photograph. Two photographs show the interior of the caravan and the other two are exterior views, including one showing the annex. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Mini Cooper S with a smashed windscreen and dented and marked driver's door. Registration number JUH-302. Circa 1967

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four men standing beside and in front of a car with boot opened. Man front left wearing a gas mask; man in centre getting gas mask ready to put on; man on right carrying a rifle and flashlight; man left rear putting a gas mask on. Circa 1973

Historical information

Newspaper photo of the Wireless Patrol crew with carbines and tear gas equipment at a siege in 1962

Inscriptions & Markings

Wireless Patrol 1962-63. L to R Fred Barnham, S/C Bill McRae, Adrian Lalor, Ron King (driver)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police woman in front of Holden station wagon talking to a dishevelled man in suit. There is another police officer seated in the driver's seat. Circa 1963

Inscriptions & Markings

'EJ Holden 1962-3'

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

David Smith on Triumph Outfit with sidecar, registration number CE-356, wearing full uniform including helmet, goggles and elbow length gloves. Circa 1960

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Eight Ford Customline Wireless Patrol police vehicles lined up, circa 1956

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

Historical information

The sedans are Wireless Patrol cars.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

FB Holden wagon registration number HEA-608. Circa 1960

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ariels and Triumphs outside Russell Street garage. Circa 1956

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

D.D. Fraser 8226 with 1939 Ford Standard Sloper, circa 1940

Historical information

Photo of Doug Fraser 8226 of the Geelong Highway Patrol with a 1939 Ford sloper. Registered number shown in caption is incorrect.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Des Suttie on an Ariel, registration number 63-705. Circa 1950

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol Daimler 'double six" car with damage to rear left hand side, circa 1939. This was the second double six purchased and was known as "Daimler #3". Photo taken in Russell Street HQ yard with City Court at the rear.