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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 10am - 4pm

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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Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

John Gur on a BMW, registration number CV-345, in a backyard. There are the rooflines of several other houses in the background as well as a clothesline and a hose running along the ground. Circa 1964

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Daimler registration number 2-690 on hoist with damage to front right hand side mudguard and wheel, circa 1935

Inscriptions & Markings

No 140. No. 2 Daimler. Reg No. 2-690. Accident 23.5.35. Driver - H.V. Casey 8770. Struck a tram

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.

Carte de Visite (body of Michael Kennedy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph on cardboard showing two standing figures with the covered body of Sergeant Michael Kennedy in the middle. Photograph is taken at Stringybark Creek and shows a bushland setting

Inscriptions & Markings

Finding of Kennedy's Body (written in black ink on rear)

Carte de Visite (Henry Perkins)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Henry Perkins a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a bearded man wearing a jacket , white shirt and short black neck tie facing left. Nose is very long and pointy.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

G Rust and R Francis sitting on BMW1100s in uniform but without helmet or gloves - front view with car in background. Circa 1991

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle police riding five abreast on the road. Circa 1980.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon V8, registration number JYE-369, fitted with a camera. Circa 1968

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden motor vehicle, registration no. GKN 704, with police insignia on door, police light on top of vehicle, circa 1955

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol Daimler, with communications device visible on back seat. Driver Bill Black, Operator Cliff Allison, circa 1927

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Russell Street garage including Fairlanes, Customlines and Zephyrs. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Deluxe registration number EP-100 and Mercury JT-706 with the members of the Wireless Patrol - Bill Tanner, Alf Boots Day (driver), Lyle Minnis, Angus McVicar, Ted Price (driver), Tom Williams, Sid Olsen, George Fosket (driver), Dave McEvoy and Ernie Spinks. Circa 1946-47

Significance

Police vehicles; Transport Branch; Wireless Patrol; Motor Police Branch; Motor Traffic Section; Ford Deluxe car; Ford Mercury car; Tanner, Bill; Day, Alfred; Minns, Lyle; McVicar, Angus; Price, Ted; Williams, Tom; Olsen, Sid; McEvoy, Dave; Fosket, George; Spinks, Ernie

Record of Conduct and Service (Eric Edward Filday Beagley)

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; Resigned: February (?) 1916; Re-joined: 16/04/1919; Discharged: 2/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted: 16 March 1916; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: 6th Field Artillery Brigade: Fate: Returned to Australia: 7 June 1918; Medals: British War Medal

Carte de Visite (Sergeant Kennedy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Sergeant Michael Kennedy

Letter

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Hand written letter dated 18 December 1868 addressed to Thomas McIntyre from the local board of the Provincial School of Red Bank.

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy van, registration number HEF-449, escorting a truck carrying a long and wide load. Circa 1961

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1939 Ford Mercury as part of Wireless Patrol, in front of Russell Street, circa 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

Driver S/Const Mick Patterson. Const Jack O'Connor

Carte de Visite (Daniel Clancy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Daniel Clancy a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph shows a small head and shoulders portrait of a lightly bearded man in a checkered vest with patterned tie

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

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

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The Studebaker Victoria Police Canteen parked and serving several police members. There are two parked Ariel motorbikes parked to the front of the photograph and a third Ariel parked to the right. There are a number of police seated on benches on a platform eating and socialising. Circa 1960.

Sketch (Ned Kelly on trial)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of an illustration showing Ned Kelly on trial

Inscriptions & Markings

Ned Kelly in the Dock. The best likeness that I can show of him. Taken from the 'Australian News'.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Daimler (registration number 22967) with damage to front and rear mudguards circa 1931. Was in a collision with a motor cycle and side car near the intersection of St Kilda Rd and Alexander Avenue on 24 May 1931.

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 (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda 750, registration number MP-055, with rider in uniform including short sleeved shirt, tie, helmet with police insignia on it, gloves and jodphurs. Circa 1980

Photograph (police women)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two police women talking to a man in an arched entrance. Olive Phillips is in the centre

Historical information

Born at Drouin on 2 April 1923. Her Record of Conduct and Service describes her as being 5' 6¼" tall and weighing 10 stone, 3lb., with brown eyes and hair and a fair complexion. She was a factory hand before joining the police force and has also served as a cook with the WRAAF. She served at Russell Street and Geelong and was also seconded to the Crown Law Department at the Fair Rents Board as an investigator. A photograph of Olive with an abandoned baby appeared in the Sun News Pictorial on 30 March 1960. Olive retired on 1 April 1983, having reached retirement age.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Taken when at Russell St - possibly late 1960s for some press affair - so not "fair dinkum" suspect P/W Piper - Olive Phillips Joan McShanag' (Blue pen on rear)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Group of twelve motorcycle police lined up with their motorcycles

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Don Hope on a Harley Davidson, registration number 6-616. Circa 1948

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of Ford Fairlane registration number HDK-021. Vehicle has a light on top and siren on the right hand front and is in front of a brick wall with wooden, locked doors. Circa 1959

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"

Oral History - Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Digital archive of oral history of former Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell. Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Myrene Purcell is a retired Detective and Senior Sergeant with Victoria Police. In 1975 she applied for a transfer to the Criminal Investigation Branch and later trained at the Detective Training School.She was a member of the Sexual Offences Squad, which was the first squad of female officers and detectives, who were to investigate rapes and sexual offences in Victoria. In this interview, Purcell discusses her training, career and experiences of discrimination.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Zephyr, registration no. GPW 001, with police sign on top of vehicle and siren attached to front right hand side of bonnet. Slight damage to left side undercarriage and front bumper bar. Vehicle in the background, registration no. GSW 659. Circa 1956

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Letter (London Fifty)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Handwritten list of the London Fifty names on light blue lined paper in black ink.

Inscriptions & Markings

Left London December 22 (about) 1852. Sailed from Plymouth per ship Earl Grey about 1 January 1853. Arrived in Victoria about 7th May 1853

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Bob Burnell, out of uniform, standing in front of Holden courtesy ute. Sign post in the background reads North Western Highway. Circa 1957

Record of Conduct and Service (William Thomas Robertson)

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; Discharged: 19/08/1914 WW1 service: Enlisted: 18 August 1914; Highest rank: Trooper; Regiment: 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Killed in action, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 7 August 1915; Medals 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory medals

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Harley Davidsons at rear, Brough Superiors, Ariels at front, outside Russell Street. Circa 1950

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)

Police record (May Hall)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for May Hall, prisoner registered number 7351, giving details of the prisoner, her crimes and the dates and places of her trials.

Historical information

In March 1917, fire services attended a fire in a domestic dwelling in Carlton. When the owners returned they found that some of their clothing was missing. May Hall, 19, was later charged with stealing clothing and then burning those she did not want.

Carte de Visite (Inspector James)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite of Inspector James

Inscriptions & Markings

Insp. James, Kelly Escort (in blue pen under photograph)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Triumph TR3 outside police station. Circa 1963

Record of Conduct and Service (Frederick James Lawton)

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 10/10/1906; Discharged 25/09/1914; Did not rejoin Victoria Police WW1 service: Enlisted 25 September 1914; Highest rank: Lieutenant; Regiment: 14th Australian Army Service Corps; Fate: Returned to Australia 23 October 1918: Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Thomas Duncan Cunningham in full uniform standing beside a car pulled over to the side of the road. Circa 1958

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Frank Porter standing beside his parked BSA A10, registration number CR-016, with a Studebaker parked behind him, registration number HAH-043. The ground is charred and smouldering and heavy smoke fills the background of the photograph. Circa 1962

Inscriptions & Markings

St Andrews Bushfires

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

Carte de Visite - Carte de Visite of Captain Moonlite

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

Andrew George Scott, also known as Captain Moonlite, was an Australian bushranger. Born in the 1840s, he was hanged in New South Wales in 1880 for the shooting of Constable Edward Webb-Bowen after a series of robberies and a shoot out with police near Wagga Wagga. Aside from his crimes and activities as a bushranger under the alias Captain Moonlite, Scott is also known for his relationship with his companion James Nesbitt. Many claim Nesbitt was Scott's partner and lover. In 1995 Scott's remains were exhumed and placed next to Nesbitt's to satisfy Scott's dying wish to be buried next to his companion.