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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 car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Hotchkiss CIB Car driven by Harry Rand with two unidentified men in backseat, circa 1922. Taken at Wesburn on the Maroondah Hwy enroute to Warragul.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hotchkiss 1922 near Millgrove

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle Patrol riders each standing beside a Honda 900 which are aligned in V formation. Circa 1981

Police stations (Aitken's Gap)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

28 documents comprising: 15 colour photos and 1 black and white photo 1 history (3 pages) 1 subdivision map 7 plans of Police Barrack Yard 1 short history (4 pages)

Historical information

Aitken's Gap, otherwise known as The Gap or Buttlejork, and 3km west of Sunbury, was established as a township in 1845. It is in the area which is now bordered by the Calder Highway and Gap Road. The village was named after John Aitken, a Port Phillip pastoralist who took up the Mount Aitken run in 1836. Aitken's Gap Police Barracks (in the District of Bourke) opened in 1853 and was staffed by two Mounted Constables and one Foot Constable. The gaol (used to house prisoners and also gold en route to Melbourne) was built in 1857 from bluestone quarried in the area. The roof was made of slate. In 1861 it was staffed by 1 Mounted Senior Constable and 1 Foot Constable. The Barracks closed in 1863 when the Bendigo rail line was completed and the gold was transported to Melbourne by rail. All the buildings, except the gaol, were moved to Sunbury. The land was sold in 1870 and in 1989 the current owner donated the building to the Sunbury Police. The original building was dismantled, restored and rebuilt outside Sunbury police station.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of a 1967 Holden panel van, registration number JVB-464, with a blue light fitted to the roof and a siren mounted on the bonnet. The car is in open parkland and there are dwellings and trees in the background. Circa 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Holden Div. Van. 1967. Stationed at Seymour. Restored 1991

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Carte de Visite (Ted Monk)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A small black and white photograph of Mr Monk showing his head and shoulders in an oval frame. Man is shown with beard and moustache facing towards the right side

Inscriptions & Markings

Mr Monk Saw Mill (in ink under photograph)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Interior of Ford Falcon showing driving shaft with column shift and communications equipment. Circa 1961

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Record of Conduct and Service (James Allan)

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 1/07/1910; Discharged: 21/10/1915; Re-joined 11/07/1919; Discharged 3/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 18 October 1915; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 3rd Pioneer Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia: 3 April 1919

Record of Conduct and Service (Joseph Coonerty)

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; Resigned September 1915; Re-joined September 1919; Resigned 30/04/1923 WW1 service: Enlisted 7 September 1915; Highest rank: Corporal; Regiment: 9th Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Returned to Australia 10 July 1919; Medals: Military Medal

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Bob Burnell, out of uniform, standing in front of Holden courtesy ute. Sign post in the background reads North Western Highway. Circa 1957

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Accident Appreciation Squad Studebaker, registration number JFH-991, with a uniformed driver and passenger. Circa 1965

Photograph (Tom Lloyd)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A small black and white photograph of Tom Lloyd

Inscriptions & Markings

Tom Lloyd, Ned Kelly's cousin and sympathiser. The champion buck jumping rider of Victoria (in ink on rear)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photo shows a Wireless Patrol crew examining a body in the Northcote tip: L to R Bill Woods (Driver) Late O/C CIB, Wireless Operator - Jack Joughin, Patrolman - Vin Mankin and Patrol Leader - S/C Fowles, circa 1937.

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

Side view of Studebaker Cruiser. Unidentified person sitting in driver's seat. Circa 1965

Historical information

A Wireless Patrol car and driver in the Russell St HQ yard

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

Front view of Ford Fairlane registration number HDK-021. Vehicle has a light on top and siren on the right hand front and is in front of a brick wall with wooden, locked doors. Circa 1959

Police Stations (Alberton)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1 letter (2 pages)

Historical information

Alberton, a small town established in 1842, is in the Shire of Wellington in Victoria, Australia. It is located along the South Gippsland Highway, 7 kilometres south of Yarram and 216 kilometres east of Melbourne. Mr Cornelius Henry Sullivan was appointed Chief Constable at Alberton on 5 April 1847. He was replaced by Mr Manton Flynn in January 1848. Alberton Police Station (District of Gippsland) was opened about 1847. In 1861 it was staffed by 1 Superintendent, 2 Mounted Constables, 1 Sergeant 2nd Class, and 4 Foot Constables. A temporary police station was formed in 1889 (Vic Pol Gazette 10 July 1889, p238). It was broken up in November 1901.

Record of Conduct and Service (Thomas Owen Watt)

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 4/12/1912; Re-joined 8/09/1914; Granted leave of absence July 1915 WW1 1 service: Enlisted 21 July 1915; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement; Fate: Died of wounds, France, 21 September 1918;

Record of Conduct and Service (James William Bear)

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 30/09/1909; Granted leave of absence 1/10/1915; Re-joined 1/03/1917; Discharged 15/12/1920 for misconduct WW1 service: Enlisted: 23 September 1915; Discharged as medically unfit 28 February 1917

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Hotchkiss CIB Car with Harry Rand in back seat. A man is leaning against the car. Four men, with one in uniform, are at the front with a child sitting in front of them. Taken at the rear of Russell Street police station circa 1922

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Volkswagen station car registration number JDR-803. Kingsville Police Womens office. Circa 1965.

Record of Conduct and Service (Stanley James Speed)

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 28/10/1914; Leave of absence August 1915; Re-joined 29 July 1919; Retired 22/07/1945 WW1 service: Enlisted 3 August 1915; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 4th Division Traffic Control; Fate: Returned to Australia 23 March 1919; Medals: Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty

Photograph (police women)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two police women talking to a man in an arched entrance. Olive Phillips is in the centre

Historical information

Born at Drouin on 2 April 1923. Her Record of Conduct and Service describes her as being 5' 6¼" tall and weighing 10 stone, 3lb., with brown eyes and hair and a fair complexion. She was a factory hand before joining the police force and has also served as a cook with the WRAAF. She served at Russell Street and Geelong and was also seconded to the Crown Law Department at the Fair Rents Board as an investigator. A photograph of Olive with an abandoned baby appeared in the Sun News Pictorial on 30 March 1960. Olive retired on 1 April 1983, having reached retirement age.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Taken when at Russell St - possibly late 1960s for some press affair - so not "fair dinkum" suspect P/W Piper - Olive Phillips Joan McShanag' (Blue pen on rear)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ariel with rider, registration number AG-268, with open parkland in background. Circa 1954

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Anglia outside Government House. Registration number HHC-213. Circa 1961

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of BMW 1100 with blue siren attached to the rear. There is a set of stairs in the background and fire hydrant cover under the stairs. Circa 1991.