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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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Oral history - Sergeant Eileen Rainford

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Digital archive of oral history of former police woman Eileen Rainford. Cut for exhibition purposes

Historical information

Eileen Rainford is a retired Sergeant who joined Victoria Police as one of only eight police women in 1952. Born in England, she served with Liverpool police, patrolling the docks, prior to moving to Australia. Speaking numerous languages, including Polish and German, Rainford worked as a translator and radio broadcaster during and after the second world war. On moving to Australia Rainford joined Victoria Police, where as one of only eight policewomen, she noted a major difference in public attitude towards women working in the force. In this interview, Rainford reflects on these different attitudes and her roles at numerous stations.

Record of Conduct and Service (Norman McMurray

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 21/11/1913; Granted leave of absence 27/03/1916; Re-joined: date unknown; Resigned: 6/10/1920 WW1 service: Enlisted: 27 March 1916; Highest rank: Battery Sergeant Major; Regiment: 8th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: returned to Australia date unknown; Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Mercury registration number LJ-410, on a test drive in a Fitzroy laneway, circa 1949

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker Lark parked in front of residential property, Benalla. Circa 1963

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Anglia, circa 1963

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motor Cycle Patrol with Coventry Eagles (with sidecars) in Russell Street courtyard, taken from a height. Men are leaning out of upper storey windows and the front end of a Daimler is visible in the garage on the ground floor. Circa 1982

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy ute, registration number HHK-206, escorting a truck carrying a wide and high load through Footscray. Writing on the original photograph has been captured reading "105' long, 17' high, 18' wide". Circa 1961

Record of Conduct and Service (William Ormsby Moyle)

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 16/02/1915; Resigned: August (?) 1915 WW1 service: Enlisted: 3 August 1915; Highest rank: Corporal; Regiment: 8th Battalion; Fate: Died of war injuries 7 December 1917; Military medal: Personal bravery

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden station car, registration number JKC-464, with blue light on roof and siren on bonnet. Parked in a Kew street. Constable William Robertson driver.Circa 1965

Carte de visite (Thomas McIntyre and Edward Monk)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small sepia coloured carte de visite photograph of Edward Monk (standing) and Thomas McIntyre (seated), printed on thin photographic paper.

Historical information

Thomas Newman McIntyre (1846 - 1918) was the sole survivor of the police party murdered by the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek on 28 October 1878. Importantly, McIntyre was later the key witness in Ned Kelly's murder trial. Edward Monk (1844 - 1928) was a selector living in the area, who accompanied the police party sent to returned to collect the bodies of the murdered police. Both men became great friends later in life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Constable McIntyre sitting. Mr Ted Mond standing (of saw mill)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two Honda CB900F motorcycles being ridden along a winding country road. Registration numbers LY-134 and LY-125. Circa 1980

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Frank Porter astride a BMW motorcycle, registration number CY-344, in front of a wooden garage. Circa 1962

Carte de Visite (Patrick Gascoigne)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photographic image of Patrick Charles Gascoigne in his mounted constable uniform. Photograph is taken in a studio with his hat and right hand resting on a mock wall. Bushland setting created behind.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mtd Const. P.C. Gascoigne (blue pen on rear)

Carte de Visite (re-enactment of Ned Kelly's capture)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph of a re-enactment of Ned Kelly's capture

Record of Conduct and Service (Henry Francis Crisfield)

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 3/03/1902; Leave of absence 13/09/1915; Re-joined 1/07/1918; Retired: 13/09/1937; Highest rank: Sub-inspector.

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Accident Appreciation Squad Studebaker station wagon registration number JFH-991, with uniformed policeman standing alongside driver's open door. Circa 1965

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker Cruiser, registration number JES-131, performing on a test track with unidentified driver. Circa 1965

Historical information

A former patrol car used for driving instruction at the Atwood police training complex

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Bill Gore in driver's seat of Ford Mobile Traffic Section Ford patrol car, registration number SF-004, circa 1950

Photograph (Pewtress) - Henry Pewtress

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Mounted black and white image of Henry Pewtress. Image is signed by Pewtress in bottom right hand corner.

Historical information

Henry Pewtress was a sub-inspector of Victoria Police. He was in charge of the Mansfield area when the three police were killed by the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek. Pewtress organised the search party but having little local knowledge he went to see Dr Samuel Reynolds and others. They located the bodies of Lonigan and Scanlan easily, but did not find Kenney's until three days later. He was subsequently a member of the murdered Police Memorial Fund established in the Mansfield area after the death of Lonigan, Scanlan and Kennedy in October 1878.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Pewtress" (Thick felt pen on rear) "CP49" (red felt pen top rear corner) "Supt resigned 9/3/1892 65 years (blue pen on rear) "Yours Faithfully H. Pewtress" (ink on front bottom right corner)

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

Photograph (Auxiliary police)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Auxiliary Police woman looking at a traffic map of Victoria at D24 in Russell Street.

Historical information

Taken from an album of various police departments at Russell Street.

Postcard (Police memorial)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white printed postcard with a photograph of the Police memorial in Mansfield dedicated to Lonigan, Kennedy and Scanlan by the Kelly Gang in 1878

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Inside of a prison van. The van is in a state of disrepair. Circa 1950s

Photograph

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Gaming Branch members 1940 L to R: Jack Gibson, Arthur DeLaRue 5433, Frank Henderson 7739, Tom Meekle, Arthur Guys, Arthur Mason 9015, Henry Dawson 8972.

Historical information

Gaming Branch in 1940 as according to service records of the members. Cars are 1937 Ford and a 1940 Chevrolet

Record of Conduct and Service (Sydney Smith)

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 4/03/1910; Resigned 31/08/1914 WW1 service: Enlisted: 28 August 1914; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 6th Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Killed in action, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 25 April 1915; Medals: 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

4.3 litre 6 cylinder Alvis registration number 174-614 at Russell Street garage with significant damage to the front right hand mudguard and door, circa 1937

Photograph (racing car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Car with No. 11 painted on driver's door racing at Sandown. Circa 1964

Historical information

A former Police Studebaker racing at Sandown

Vampire Slaying Kit

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

19th Century Vampire Slaying Kit in a wooden box. Contains a pistol, silver pistol balls with crosses on them, wooden stake and holy water bottle.

Historical information

Item was seized by Victoria Police during a drugs raid at Pascoe Vale South in 2004.

Photograph (police drivers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol. Wally Norton, driver, and S/C Slater, circa 1954