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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.

Contact Information

location
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 (Constable Scanlan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white oval shaped photograph showing Constable Scanlan

Inscriptions & Markings

Const. Michael Scanlon. Murdered by the Kelly's (in ink on rear)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

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.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol Rambler Classic, registration number JNC-003, with light on roof. The car is parked and all doors are open, with the driver Graeme Dovaston standing on the driver's side. Circa 1967

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph of Studebaker Mobile (A.R.P.) canteen, circa 1941

Plainclothes Branch 1913

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

William Nelson on a Harley Davidson, registration number 6-617, in front of a Victorian terrace house. Circa 1948

Historical information

Photo taken in McKenzie Street around corner from Police HQ

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison van in a severe state of disrepair. Circa 1950s

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Row of motorbikes riding in exhibition formation of two rows. All riders are in full uniform including helmets and each bike has a flag on the right hand side. Circa 1964

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Harley Davidson motorcycles at the rear of a parade, including armoured vehicles, along a brick road. Circa 1948

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

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker Lark, registration number HOF-414, with Ron King, driver, in plain clothes standing beside the driver's side. Photograph taken at Dawson Street. Circa 1962

Historical information

A Wireless Patrol car with Constable Ron King, the driver from the Transport Branch

Photograph (Constable Lonigan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing head of Constable Lonigan

Inscriptions & Markings

Constable Thomas Lonigan Murdered by the Kelly's (in ink on rear)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda, registration number KD-575, in a garage/workshop in Collingwood. Circa 1975

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 (Thomas Seton)

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 20/08/1914; Granted leave June 1916?; Re-joined: 4/08/1919; Died at his residence 30/04/1921 WW1 service: Enlisted 5 June 1916; Highest rank: Corporal; Regiment: 22nd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement; Fate: Returned to Australia 20 May 1919; Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

J. Gur standing beside Ford Customline 'Q' car on Yarra Boulevard. Circa 1960

Record of Conduct and Service (Stephen McInnes)

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 27/07/1904; Granted leave of absence: July 1916?; Re-joined 1918; Resigned 30/07/1918 WW1 service: Enlisted: 28 July 1916; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 24th Infantry Battalion; Fate: returned to Australia 30 January 1918

Record of Conduct and Service (Abraham Harrington)

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 21/05/1914; Discharged 8/02/1915; Re-appointed 18/04/1918; Discharged for medical reasons 11/07/1929 WW1 service: Enlisted 11 July 1915; Highest rank: Captain; Regiment: 14th Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 10 Jan 1918; Medals: 1914/1915 Star; British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

V8 Valiant, registration number JOA-015, with unidentified uniformed man standing beside vehicle. Circa 1966

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Side view of Bedford police bus, registration number MZA-841. There is an unidentified person in the driver's seat. Circa 1965

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden ute escorting truck hauling a wide load of an aeroplane. Registration number GUV 106. the plane has the QANTAS flying kangaroo logo on the cover of the left hand propellor. Circa 1957

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of a 1967 Holden panel van, registration number JVB-464, with a blue light fitted to the roof and a siren mounted on the bonnet. The car is in open parkland and there are dwellings and trees in the background. Circa 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Holden Div. Van. 1967. Stationed at Seymour. Restored 1991

Prison record (Ah Tune)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Ah Tune, prisoner registered number 33926, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

Ah Tune, a Chinaman, kicked William Brasslin to death in a drunken brawl following an altercation, Beechworth, November 1914. Death sentence was commuted to 10 years imprisonment

Carte de Visite (Dan Kelly seated) - Dan Kelly

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia toned photograph on cardboard showing Dan Kelly sitting

Historical information

Carte-de-visite is a small black and white photograph stuck to a card. It was invented by French photographer Andre Disderi in 1854 as a method for producing multiple images on a single glass plate, a format for mounting the resulting images on cards. The card on which the photograph was mounted displayed the name of the photographer on the front and back. The back was often a showy piece of lithographic printing with the photographer's name decorated with culicues.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Burman Photo 200 Bourke St East & St Georges Hall (under photograph), "From Burman's Photographic Rooms 209 Bourke Street, East Near Parliament Houses. st Georges Hall Next to Theatre Royal Melbourne. Portraits Enlarged, Copied or Colored. Views taken in any part of Victoria. Copies of this can be had at any time" (on rear), "Dan Kelly" (on rear along left side in black ink), "204" (written in pencil at top left corner)

Record of Conduct and Service (Charles Belcher)

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; Resigned: 3/07/1915 WW1 service: Enlisted: 5 July 1915; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: V5A Australian Heavy Trench Mortar Battery; Fate: Died of illness, France, 18 January 1917; Medals: British War and Victory medals

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 car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol crew Ken Bryant and Brian Steele to the left hand side of a Ford Customline with Jock Murdoch and Norm Wilson to the right of the car, registration number GXZ 585. Circa 1959

Photograph (ten men with rifles)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph showing a group of ten men with rifles in a staged bushland setting. Eight are standing and two are crouching.

Inscriptions & Markings

Superintendent Hare's search party taken just before they were about to start for the Strathbogie Ranges