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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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Record of Conduct and Service (Sydney Charles Ottaway)

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: 1/09/1909; Grated leave without pay 3/09/1918; Re-joined 17/01/1919; Discharged for misconduct 6/01/1921 WW1 service: Applied to enlist 20 August 1918; Discharged 5 September 1919 due to demobilization of the AIF

Revolver (Ned Kelly) - 1849 Colt Percussion Revolver

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Colt Model 1849 Pecussion Revolver. Serial number 53939. Five round chamber and a plain timber handle with the letters "E.K." scratched into the handle. "E.K." could also refer to Ernest Knowles executed around the same time as Kelly.

Historical information

Weapon believed to have been owned by Edward "Ned" Kelly as evidenced by the letters "E.K." scratched into the bottom of the handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scratched into handle "E.K." "53939"

Record of Conduct and Service (James Martin)

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 19/08/1915; Re-joined 8/08/1916; Retired 23/11/1939 WW1 service: Enlisted in 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, British Imperial Force; Highest rank: Lance Sergeant; Fate: Returned to Australia: August (?) 1916

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Les Townsend riding a Honda 750 Four, wearing full uniform including helmet, leather jacket, gloves, riding pants and boots. Side view. Circa 1980.

Record of Conduct and Service (John Richard Chamberlain)

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 3/02/1899; Granted leave without pay 1/09/1917; Re-joined 17/03/1919; Retired 3/08/1936; Highest rank: Sergeant WW1 service: Enlisted 31 August 1917; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Returned to Australia 14 March 1919

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

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1946 Chevrolet with John Purdon 8341 to the left of photo, circa 1946

Historical information

A 1946 Chevrtrolet 6 cylinder sedan used for Mobile Traffic Section duties

Police Stations (Altona North)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

2 colour photos

Historical information

Altona North is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Altona North Police Station opened on 7 October 1979 as a new twenty-four police station and was the District Headquarters of Altona District. It comprised a C.I.B. and a Community Policing Squad. It is located at 72 Cooper Avenue, on the corner of McArthurs Road. A new police station is being planned for Galvin Street, opening in 2020.

Record of Conduct and Service (Albert Caesar Lewis)

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: Enlisted 11/04/1899; Granted leave of absence 1/11/1916; Re-joined 16/02/1919; Resigned 31/08/1922; Highest rank: Senior Constable WW1 service: Enlisted 19 October 1916; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: 3rd Divisional Training Unit; Fate: returned to Australia 20 October 1918

Pouch, Document

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Folded brown leather pouch. Pocket inside with sewn leather straps inside to possibly keep writing equipment in place

Historical information

Belonged to police member Patrick Charles Gascoigne engaged in the Kelly capture

Inscriptions & Markings

P.C. Gascoigne (written in black ink on inside)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

BMW 1100 with David Chamberlain standing behind it, in front of garden. Circa 1995

Photograph (police drivers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Bill Lagoon (l) and Pat Ryan (r). Circa 1955

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 car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Pilot and Arthur Roberts 10936, circa 1949

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

Photograph (Victoria Police Group Photo) - Police Officers group in depot

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on light brown frame. 4 Police Officers in 1920s uniform pose in uniforms with helmets. Standfing in a terrace with an open brick house with windows and a set of stairs on the background. On the right is William Arthur Poulter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: ON THE RIGHT SIDE // 8060 // W.A. POULTER Stamp: PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN // AT YOUR OWN HOME // P. J. DWYER // Onr. Harding & Salisbury Sts. // COBURG // PHOTOGRAPHS COPIED // AND ENLARGED

Photograph (Jessie Clarey)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Jessie Clarey 8507 taken in the early 1930s

Historical information

Born 9 May 1901 in Prahran. Her Record of Conduct and Service describes her as being 5' 2½" and 8 stones 3 lbs, with hazel eyes, dark brown hair, a fresh complexion and of good appearance. She belonged to the Church of Christ. She commenced training at the Police Training Depot in 1929. In December of that year she passed the examination for a licence as a Shorthand Writer under the Evidence Act. In 1938 she 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'. The essay was subsequently published in two parts in The Australian Quarterly. Jessie suffered ill health in later life and died after a stroke on 3 June 1952. She had worked mainly at the Russell Street and the Fitzroy P.C.B. and C.I.B.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Inside the Russell Street garage, circa 1950 Depicts Ford patrol cars

Record of Conduct and Service (James William Chanter)

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 27/02/1913; Leave without pay: 22/02/1916; Rejoined 18/03/1919; Discharged 1/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 21 February 1916; Highest rank: Corporal; Regiment: 21st Battalion, 12th Reinforcement; Fate: Returned to Australia 20 October 1918

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda CB750, registration number KF-433. Circa 1971

Inscriptions & Markings

Transport Branch, No. 2 Division, Police Workshops, 119-193 Wellington St., Collingwood 3066

Record of Conduct and Service (John Henry Denham)

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; Discharged 30/04/1916; Re-joined: December 1917 (?); Resigned: 31/01/1923; Rank: Senior Constable WW1 service: Enlisted 25 April 1916; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: 1st Australian & New Zealand Wireless Signal Squadron; Fate: Returned to Australia 6 December 1917

Carte de Visite (Joseph Ryan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Joseph Ryan a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a lightly bearded man wearing a jacket with striped colarless shirt facing right

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Footscray police station with Ford Anglia and divisional van parked on the street out the front. Circa 1961

Record of Conduct and Service (Herbert Arthur George Fowles)

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: 27/02/1913; Discharged: 19/08/1914 WW1 service: Enlisted: 20 August 1914; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Killed in action 2 June 1915, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey

Record of Conduct and Service (Herbert Leslie Newland)

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 01/11/1912; Discharged 31/08/1914; Re-appointed 01/04/1919; Retired 07/08/1948; Highest rank: Sergeant WW1 service: Enlisted 1 September 1914; Highest rank: Lieutenant; Regiment: 1st Australian Divisional Artillery; Fate: Returned to Australia 23 October 1918; Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Mercury V8 patrol car registration number LJ-410, test drive on Ormond Point beach, circa 1949

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

Armour (Dan Kelly)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Armour worn by bushranger Dan Kelly including helmet (VPM1799.1); chest plate (VPM1799.2); back plate (VPM1799.3) and groin plate (1799.4). Armour constructed from heavy metal plough plates, bolted and welded together.

Historical information

Armour worn by Dan Kelly, Kelly Gang member and brother to Ned Kelly, during the Glenrowan Siege, August 1880.

Inscriptions & Markings

Painted on inside of armour : 'Dan Kelly', 'Police Exhibition', 'E. Kelly' Impressed on plough VPM1799.3 'Huntly Crucible Cast'

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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