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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

Helen Richardson 27 May 2020 7:44 PM

I was wondering about the photo of Daniel Delaney, a Kelly supporter. Was he the Daniel Delaney from Wangaratta, son of John & Mary Delaney or a Daniel Delaney from Greta son of Daniel Joseph Delaney?

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Photograph (James Kelly)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of James Kelly

Photograph (Frederick Deeming)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Medium sized photograph of Frederick Deeming with a moustache drawn on the image in ink

Historical information

In March 1892, Melbourne Butcher John Stamford took a prospective tenant to a house he owned at 57 Andrew Street Windsor. He noticed a 'disagreeable smell' coming from the front rooms. Suspecting foul play, Stamford called the police who quickly discovered a decomposing body and partially clad body of a young woman in a shallow grave under the fireplace. 'Her skull had been shattered and her throat cut'. Two detectives, Sergeants Considine and Cawsey, began investigations. The previous tenant, a 'Mr. Druin' who had rented the house had since disappeared was the main suspect. 'Druin' had arrived in Australia from England as 'Albert Williams' in December 1891 with his 24 year old wife Emily Mather. The body was Emily's. The crime scene investigation proved difficult as the suspect - whatever his real name- had cleaned up the scene very carefully. Much later it was discovered that the suspect was in fact Frederick Bayley Deeming, a former sailor born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, in 1854. In 1881, Deeming deserted his ship and lived in Sydney where he married and had a family. Deeply in debt, he later burned his business down to claim its insurance value and fled to South Africa before he could be arrested. He is believed to have committed numerous frauds and murders in Africa. Eventually found in Uruguay, he spent time in prison in England for fraud. After being released he married Emily and returned to Australia. After leaving England, British police began investigating him over the murder of Mrs Marie Deeming and her four children. Now using another alias, 'Baron Swanston', Deeming was arrested in Western Australia before he left the country in the company of a young woman, Kate Rounsefell, whom he planned to marry. It seems Kate would have been his next murder victim. Brought back to Victoria, in May 1892, Deeming went on trail for the murder of Emily Mather. Despite a strong defense conducted by a brilliant young barrister and 3 times Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, the evidence against Deeming was overwhelming and he was found guilty. Deeming was hanged at Melbourne Gaol on 23 May 1892. He was known to be responsible for at least 6 murders and may have committed others.

Inscriptions & Markings

Frederick B. Deeming (on image in black ink)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Harry Rand (driver) in Palm Ford T police car 1922. This is the first "Night Patrol" car.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Klaus Mueller on a Kawasaki 650 wearing full uniform including helmet, jacket and tie, long riding gloves, jodphurs and riding boots. Circa 1965

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two Honda CB900F motorcycles riding along a winding country road - front view. Registration numbers LY-134 and LY-125. Circa 1980

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

Two uniformed police checking under bonnet of a police Customline car. Frank Porter and Charles Sinclair

Inscriptions & Markings

Frank Porter, Chas Sinclair, MTS 1954

Record of Conduct and Service (John Boyd)

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 2/10/1910; Leave of absence July 1917; Resumed duty 1/10/1919; Discharged 2/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 27 July 1917; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Returned to Australia 7 July 1919

King's Police Empire Gold Medal

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Gold medal in red presentation case given to police woman, Jessie Jemima Clarey for winning the King's Essay Writing Competition for police in all parts of the British Empire. Presentation case has inscription for George VI on outside and emblem of Royal Mint on inside.

Historical information

In 1938 Jessie Clarey won first prize for the 'empire-wide' King's Police Gold Medal Essay Competition - the set topic for that year was 'Juvenile Crime - Its Causes and Treatment'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse - "GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP" Reverse - "POLICE ESSAY COMPETITION"

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A Ford Falcon station car from side view. Circa 1968

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Buck Bryant on a Harley Davidson with Kent Bryant standing beside him and Lyle Bryant in the driver's seat of a parked car. Circa 1949

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Interior of a 1951 Chevrolet

Carte de Visite (Dan Kelly seated) - Dan Kelly

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia toned photograph on cardboard showing Dan Kelly sitting

Historical information

Carte-de-visite is a small black and white photograph stuck to a card. It was invented by French photographer Andre Disderi in 1854 as a method for producing multiple images on a single glass plate, a format for mounting the resulting images on cards. The card on which the photograph was mounted displayed the name of the photographer on the front and back. The back was often a showy piece of lithographic printing with the photographer's name decorated with culicues.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Burman Photo 200 Bourke St East & St Georges Hall (under photograph), "From Burman's Photographic Rooms 209 Bourke Street, East Near Parliament Houses. st Georges Hall Next to Theatre Royal Melbourne. Portraits Enlarged, Copied or Colored. Views taken in any part of Victoria. Copies of this can be had at any time" (on rear), "Dan Kelly" (on rear along left side in black ink), "204" (written in pencil at top left corner)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Got Gur, Mobile Traffic Section standing in front of a 1952 Ford Customline patrol car, registration number GAE-504. Photo taken on Yarra Blvd, Kew

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1944 Mercury Wireless Patrol car leaving Russell Street garage, circa 1944

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three men standing beside a Ford Fairlane registration number HBW-618. The men are, from l to r: Jack Carroll, Frank Fraser and Percy Cook. Circa 1962

Historical information

Ford Fairlane Wireless Patrol car with the crew. Photo taken by driver.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda 900 with Paul Martin riding wearing helmet, leather jacket, jodphur pants and riding boots. Circa 1981

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Dick Askwith, wearing full uniform including helmet, tunic, elbow length gloves, jodphurs and riding boots, astride an Aerial motorcycle with a large palm tree in the background. Circa 1960

Record of Conduct and Service (Richard Armstrong Hope)

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 29/08/1912; Granted Leave of Absence 17/04/1917; Re-joined 19/06/1917; Retired 19/08/1940; Highest rank: Senior constable WW1 service: Enlisted :April 1917; Discharged on personal grounds for family reasons:June 1917

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

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)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of two Honda 750 motorcycles, with riders, on either side of yellow marked police Commodore V8 vehicle. Circa 1980

Pamphlet (Kelly Gang) - The Kelly Legend

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Printed folded cardboard pamphlet. Ned Kelly image on front cover in black and white. Inside large colour reprint of Sidney Nolan painting (right side) with Australian Sketcher and two other images (left side)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol members with two cars, registration numbers KO-302 and KO-703, circa 1948

Inscriptions & Markings

Wireless Patrol 1948. Front: Phil Knight, Angus McVicar, ECC James, Jackson, Jack Murphy, Dave Whitton, Bill Phillips. Centre: Ernie Spinks, Leo Dent, Tom Williams, Sid Olsen, ?, Dave McEvoy, Miss Snell, Mal McGuiness?, Jim Barritt, Ernie May. Rear: Machesi, Don Witham, Durch Holland, Lyle Minns, George Earl, ?, Ron smith, Stan Hanlon, Bill Banks, Frank Murphy, Fred Wooster

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

FJ Holden utilities and motorcycles lined up alongside of road. Circa 1956

Prison record (Andrew Geoghegan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Andrew Charles Geoghegan, prisoner registered number 34760, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

Andrew Geoghegan, a bookmaker, was charged with illegally using an instrument on a woman, Louisa Margaret Heavey, in Hawthorn, November 1917.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Triumph Herald, registration number HEK-602. Circa 1960

Record of Conduct and Service (William Williamson)

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 16/08/1892; Discharged 19/08/1914; Reappointed 20/10/1914; Discharged 1/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted: 18 August 1914; Discharged 2 September 1914, due to ill health

Negatives, Glass plate - Archive of glass plate negatives from crime scenes

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The archive of over 400 glass plate negatives consists of 1/4 plate, 1/2 plate and full plate glass negatives

Historical information

The photographs are crime scene depictions, taken to assist police and detectives in solving crime. Most scenes are from the 1930s and 1940s which was a time when photographing crime scenes was still a relatively new action. Many of the scenes are without context as the location or crime have not been recorded against the image. Some have been identified. Either way they present an evocative image of Melbourne's past.