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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.

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

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Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

FJ Holden utility, registration no. GHS 260, with police insignia on door, police light on top of vehicle and PA system in tray of vehicle. Sign on rear of vehicle says "Deathless Christmas". Circa 1956

Certificate (Henry Pewtress)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Melbourne General Cemetery Certificate of Right of Burial for Henry Pewtress dated March 1896

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)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of Ford Customline, registration number GXZ 585. circa 1958

Historical information

Taken off Gatehouse St Royal Park. A Wireless Patrol car.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison van with two unidentified men standing in front, circa 1940s

Historical information

1940 Ford V8 prison van outside Russell Street building. !/C Ron George 8137 on right

Carte de Visite (Glenrowan Station)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite showing Glenrowan Station showing three men standing on the station

Inscriptions & Markings

Glenrowan Station (written in ink on rear)

Carte de Visite (Michael Scanlan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph of Michael Scanlan. This image appears to be earlier than other published images. In this image he has only side whiskers and moustache and is wearing a pin strip lounge suit.

Inscriptions & Markings

Michale Scanlan (in on rear)

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Side view of Leon Barry wearing a Victoria Police motorcycle helmet in close up. Circa 1959

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Row of Kawasakis lined up with riders standing lined up with riders standing beside them wearing full uniform including helmets and elbow length gloves. In the background there are young boys wearing Scout uniforms. Circa 1960

Prison record (Leslie Dunse)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Leslie Dunse, prisoner registered number 34691, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

In August 1917 Leslie Dunse, a police constable stationed at Brunswick police station, was accused of breaking into shops, particularly a boot store, grocers, butcher's shop and a drapers, and stealing goods. Three other constables were also charged - Arnold Wilson, Sidney Duckmanton and Hermann Johansen. Only Duckmanton was discharged.

Photograph (Kelly Gang)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing a group of six men, one women and two children in an outdoors setting the majority of whom are sitting on a tree trunk which as been cut down. A cross has been drawn in black ink above the head of the second man from the left

Photograph (William Arthur Poulter, January 1944) - Traffic signal poses

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of William Arthur Poulter posing in traffic signals. Standing on his right side, his right arm is straight out (stop signal).

Historical information

Part of set of 4 photographs of Poulter posing in traffic signals. They were kept with note with information on Poulter.

Inscriptions & Markings

January 1944 Stamp: PHOTOGRAPH BY // RITTER JEPPESEN STUDIOS // 107-111 LONSDALE ST., MELB 0.1 // PHONE CENT. 5218 // REFERENCE NO [handwrittern] 10043 // POSITION [handwrittern] F

Photograph (Victoria Police) - Police Officers on dinner event

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on grey frame. Passport 3x4 photograph stuck on top right of larger photograph - middle age men, unknown. 9 men on photograph are in dinner event. On the far left, possibly former Chief Commissioner Thomas Blamey, on army uniform. Other men are in formal suits, younger looking one in glasses faces the camera cheerfully. 2 men standing on the back, one with piece of paper and the other smoking a cigarette.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: EP 1

Photograph (Victoria Police) - Police Officers group photo on sporting event

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on grey frame. 24 men posing for photograph in 4row structure - on the background, arena style sitting area. On extreme left and right, 2 Police officers stand on their uniforms. On the middle and sitting, middle age man in suit. The other, are younger men (police officers?) in sporting outfits. [information of event on newspaper cutting stuck on the back - as described on Inscriptions]

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in the front of the frame, bellow photograph: back row W.Parker. J.Power. B.Barker. A.Condie A. // P.V.Callahan (see)E.Brewis T.Robertson. E.White V.Burns R.Farrell S.Cannon // W.Brady J.Purdon R.Boyle E.Denham.Pres. W.Hudd. R.Priestley. J.Brody // W.Poulter F. F.Elliott J.Thompson // Premiers V.P.F.A. 1934 Stamp: H.M. WALKER // PHOTOGRAPHER // 117 COLLINS ST. // MELBOURNE

Record of Conduct and Service (Ernest Edward Leech)

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 3/04/1911; Discharged 19/08/1914 WW1 service: an Imperial Reservist who was recalled into the British Expeditionary Forces; Highest rank: Lance Serjeant; Regiment: 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards; Fate: Killed in action, France, 27 August 1918; Medals: Military Medal

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon, registration number HJJ-345, with officer standing beside it and the city sky line in the background. Circa 1961

Historical information

First Constable Joh Gurr 12361 of the Mobile Traffic Section with a Falcon Q car.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle, registration number 7536, with driver wearing suit and lace up boots. Circa 1929

Historical information

Shows John Atherton 7385 of the Motor cycle Patrol in 1927. BSA outfit

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol Daimler, with wireless transmitter and receiver visible on back seat. Senior Constable Bill Black front left seat, Operator Cliff Allison, circa 1927. Wireless aerial in tubing attached to roof.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Mercury, registration number LU-911, circa 1951

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Rear view of Leon Barry wearing a Victoria Police motorcycle helmet in close up. Circa 1959

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four uniformed women standing beside a Ford, circa 1953

Inscriptions & Markings

'1953 Ford. Val Jones'

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 car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon GT highway patrol vehicle, registration number JTL-935. Circa 1967

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol car Ford Fairlane 300 registration number HBW-618. Circa 1965

Prison record (Arthur Oliver)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Arthur Oliver, prisoner registered number 35082, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

William Clark, Arthur Oliver and William Hoare were captured in February 1919 whilst attempting to rob the bank teller of the Middle Park branch of the ES&A bank who was on his way to deposit a large amount of cash in Albert Park. Detectives had received information on the intended robbery and were waiting to capture the men who had surrounded the teller after he got off the train. Clark and Oliver appeared in court in March 1919 but Hoare did not appear and his bail was forfeited

Record of Conduct and Service (David Bird)

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: 29/10/1908; Granted leave without pay: 19/07/1916 WW1 service: Enlisted: 26 July 1916; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 59th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement; Fate: Killed in action, Belgium, 26 September 1917; Medals: British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wilbur Walker (9380) seated in a 1942 Wolseley 25HP outside Bourke Street West Police Station, circa 1942

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo: W Walker

Prison record (Myrtle McDonald)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Myrtle McDonald, prisoner registered number 730, giving details of the prisoner, her crimes and the dates and places of her trials.

Historical information

Myrtle McDonald, in company with Robert Roberts, was accused of passing forged five pound notes in Carlton, August 1916.

Carte de Visite (Scanlan) - Carte de visite Michael Scanlan

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands