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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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Prison record (Edward Hewins)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Edward Hewins, prisoner registered number 34680 giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

In August 1917, Hewins conspired with Emma Dent (a nurse)and Elcho Fenton (a police constables) to defraud Amelia Cole of money. Following the birth of a child by Mrs Cole's daughter, Dent registered the birth improperly and then demanded money to keep the birth quiet. Hewins had a previous conviction in Perth in June 1907 for false pretences

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Bob Scott on an Ariel, registration number BD-355, wearing full uniform including jodphurs and boots. Circa 1957.

Record of Conduct and Service (William Joseph McCulloch)

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 5/09/1899; Took leave of absence May 1916; Resumed duties1/09/1919; Retired 7/11/1932; Highest rank: Sergeant WW1 service: Enlisted 8 May 1916; Highest rank: Gunner: Regiment: 10th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Returned to Australia 12 May 1919

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A 1940 Mercury, registration number CW-394, circa 1942

Historical information

Photo taken in 1942 of damage caused by bullets to a Mercury Wireless Patrol car. White tape has been placed where the bullets struck the car. All five crew members were awarded the Valour Badge for bravery during the pursuit. Photo shows the headlights covered during the Melbourne "brown out" period during WW11.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker, registration number JDS-530, with uniformed man standing at driver's door wearing a greatcoat, jodphurs, boots and hat. Circa 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

Dick Askwith

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A wireless operator, possibly Rupert Bastin, and equipment. Circa 1926-1936

Historical information

Possibly Rupert Bastin 6866, operating a wireless transmitter on the rear floor of a Wireless Patrol Daimler. The transmitter sits on top of the receiver. The wire leading up and to the right connects with the aerial.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three men in suits standing in front of a Ford Fairlane, l to r: Brian Church, Terry Mangles and Ted Hancock. Circa 1960

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Charles Mumford beside Ariel. Wearing a leather coat and standing with hand on hip. Circa 1951

Record of Conduct and Service (Thomas Frederick Hill)

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 16/09/1915; Re-joined 1/07/1918; Discharged 11/05/1921 WW! service: Enlisted: 6 September 1915; Highest rank: Lance Corporal: Regiment: 6th Infantry Battalion; Fate: returned to Australia 13 March 1918; Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Carte de Visite (Sergeant Michael Kennedy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Sergeant Michael Kennedy

Inscriptions & Markings

Sergeant Kennedy (written above photograph), shot by bushrangers at Wombat Ranges (under photograph)

Record of Conduct and Service (Harold David Hogben)

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: 29/05/1913; Discharged 19/08/1914 WW1 service: Enlisted: 19 August 1914; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 6th Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Killed in action, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 8 May 1915; Medals: 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory medals

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

Record of Conduct and Service (William James Hollow)

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 28/12/1911; Took leave of absence July 1915; Rejoined 1/09/1918; Retired 3/02/1945; Highest rank: First constable WW1 service: Enlisted 7 July 1915; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company; Fate: Returned to Australia 6 July 1918; Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Carte de Visite (Joe Byrne)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of the dead Joe Byrne

Inscriptions & Markings

Joe Byrne Bushranger after Death (in ink on rear)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three 1947 Ford Deluxes leaving for patrol, the second vehicle with registration number JB-432. Three motorcycle police on Harley Davidson motorcycles. Circa 1947

Record of Conduct and Service (William John Cross)

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; Took leave January 1918; Resumed duties 1/03/1918; Discharged 2/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 22 January 1918; Medically unfit for military duty

Prison record (Alfred Hannah)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Alfred Hannah, prisoner registered number 34372, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

In August 1918 was charged with falsely representing himself as a returned soldier. He had previous convictions of housebreaking and stealing. A previous offence in 1916 concerned obtaining a seal mantle under the name of Alfred Barber. He was a recruiting sergeant at Dimboola at the time.

Patch, Police Nurse

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Shoulder patch used on registered nurse uniform. Police insignia with 'sister' above police logo.

Inscriptions & Markings

'SISTER'

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sergeant George Morris (left) and First Constable Beldon standing in front of a 1963 Studebaker.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Passenger's seat interior of Studebaker showing telecommunications equipment. Circa 1963

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A Ford Tudor car and a Ford Mercury patrol car in the background. circa 1942

Photograph (police women, street patrol)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Joyce Johnston and Elva Carr during Street Patrol, date unknown.

Historical information

Elva Carr was unhappy waiting around at Russell Street for policemen to bring the work to them. In 1947 she asked Kath Mackay for the opportunity for police women to be more involved in police work. Having proved their worth the Street Patrol was established in 1948 and the police women patrolled the streets in their patrol car, dressed in dark blue uniforms and peaked caps with a silver police badge.

Carte de Visite (John Christie)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite of Detective John Mitchell Christie

Historical information

Detective John Christie was one of Victoria's most famous detectives from 1867 to 1875. He was responsible for solving some of Victoria's most famous crimes

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison van circa 1930s

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

FB Holden wagon registration number HEA-608. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four police cars at railyards. One Wireless Patrol Customline, one Zephyr and two Holdens, one of which has registration number GNF 143. Three men standing amidst the cars, man in the centre with a full length coat and hat, man on the right identified as 1/Constable "Blue" Lees, Transport Branch driver of the Wireless Patrol car. Two trucks in the rear. Circa 1957

Prison record (James Rouhan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for James Rouhan, prisoner registered number 30737, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

James Rouhan, 19 years of age, was accused of murdering his sweetheart, Kate Beachley, with an axe, in Lydiard St., Ballarat in October 1904. Sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Brough Superior, registration number 29-710, with driver Charles Herbert Gilder and passenger David Archibald Condie in side car. Circa 1935

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy van with driver and passenger. Registration number GVF 057. Circa 1957

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon on side of gravel road with mountain range in background and two uniformed officers in hat, coat and jodphurs standing beside it. Circa 1962

Historical information

Members of the Benalla Highway Patrol

Record of Conduct and Service (Albert Arthur Russell)

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; Granted leave October 1915; Resumed duties September 1919; Discharged 1/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 2 October 1915; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: 4th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Returned to Australia 3 May 1919; Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Russell Street garage with motorcycles in the foreground and cars in the background. There is an unidentified person in the foreground working on the motorcycles. Circa 1974

Carte de Visite - Carte de Visite of Patrick Mc Etheney

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small Carte de Visite featuring gold borders on card. Image has been hand coloured in the face and lips.

Historical information

This 1870s Carte de Visite depicts Patrick Mc Etheney with the inscription 'arrested 4-11-75' for the crime of recieving stolen goods. Prior to the introduction of mugshots, physical descriptions, sketches or any available portraits like this Carte de Visite were used to depict and describe people of interest.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Row of five Ariel motorcycles with riders standing beside the bikes in front of a monument on a median strip. Police are in full uniform including helmets, tunic coats, elbow length gloves. Circa 1960.

Photograph (police drivers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motor Cycle Traffic Police Football Club Smoke Night, with a row of seated men on either side of two long tables as well as a third row of men standing on the outside of the tables. All men are dressed in suits. The wall in the background reads "Past Grand Masters". Circa 1936

Carte de Visite (Constable Fitzpatrick)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick

Record of Conduct and Service (Reuben Pierce Penna)

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 03/04/1911; Discharged 08/09/1914; Re-appointed 04/01/1922; Died 24/11/1923 from injuries received when hit by a tram WW1 service: Enlisted 7 September 1914; Highest rank: Captain; Regiment: Australian Provost Corps; Fate: Discharged 3 January 1920; Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three Hondas and a BMW in exhibition formation with a pillion standing on rear of motorbike with arms outstretched. Each rider and pillion is in full uniform including helmets and elbow length gloves. Circa 1964

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden ute, front view, registration number JHE-915, parked at a right angle to a Studebaker Lark, side view. Circa 1964

Historical information

Photo of the rear yard of the Mobile Traffic Section offices at 145 Chapel St. St.Kilda

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden van with two MTS police sitting on the tailgate in full uniform, including hats, coats, breeches, boots and recording instruments, presumably for speed. Circa 1967. Operating an Amphometer speed measuring device. St.Georges Rd North Fitzroy

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1947 Ford V8 Mobile Traffic Section patrol car registration number JP-829 with Colin Hammond 9855 standing to the side, circa 1947

Carte de Visite (James Clancy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of James Clancy a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph shows a small head and shoulders portrait of a clean shaven man in a checkered jacket with white neck tie.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The interior of a wireless patrol vehicle displaying the technical set-up. Unidentified man in uniform. Circa 1959

Record of Conduct and Service (Walter John King Potton)

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 11/1109/1903; Discharged 30/04/1916; Re-joined 1/04/1920; Resigned 8/04/1922 WW1 service: Enlisted: 2 May 1916; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 10th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: returned to Australia 15 June 1919

Record of Conduct and Service (William Ford)

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 29/06/1911; Granted leave of absence 30/9/1916; Re-joined 01/09/1919; Resigned 13/09/1921; Re-joined 21/11/1921; Resigned 21/12/1921 WW1 service: Enlisted 9/10/1916; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: 3rd Australian Motor Transport Company; Fate: Returned to Australia: 5 July 1919; Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Photograph (seven armed men)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing seven armed men standing in a row. From right to left: Bany, Bracken, Phillips, Arthur, Kelly, Canny, Gascoigne

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Pilot and Arthur Roberts 10936, circa 1949