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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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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

Helen Richardson 27 May 2020 7:44 PM

I was wondering about the photo of Daniel Delaney, a Kelly supporter. Was he the Daniel Delaney from Wangaratta, son of John & Mary Delaney or a Daniel Delaney from Greta son of Daniel Joseph Delaney?

Helen Richardson 1 June 2020 1:46 PM

Is there a document in the collection from the Beechworth hearing of the Kelly sympathisers showing their details

[email protected] 1 June 2020 1:57 PM

Hi Helen, Thanks for commenting on our collections page. Please send an email with your questions to our enquires address [email protected] Our Research Officer will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that we are on restricted hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic so this may take longer than usual.

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Prison record (William Clark)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for William Tasman Clark, prisoner registered number 35081, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

William Clark, Arthur Oliver and William Hoare were captured in February 1919 whilst attempting to rob the bank teller of the Middle Park branch of the ES&A bank who was on his way to deposit a large amount of cash in Albert Park. Detectives had received information on the intended robbery and were waiting to capture the men who had surrounded the teller after he got off the train. Clark and Oliver appeared in court in March 1919 but Hoare did not appear and his bail was forfeited.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Kawasaki W650 registration number DV-238. Front view. Circa 1968

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 (James William Bear)

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 30/09/1909; Granted leave of absence 1/10/1915; Re-joined 1/03/1917; Discharged 15/12/1920 for misconduct WW1 service: Enlisted: 23 September 1915; Discharged as medically unfit 28 February 1917

Record of Conduct and Service (Charles Henry Stanbury)

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 28/09/1911; Granted extended leave: 27/06/1915; Resumed duties 30/10/1919; Highest rank: Sergeant; Retired 14/09/1947 WW1 service: Enlisted 19 July 1915; Highest rank: Lieutenant; Regiment: 8th Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Returned to Australia 17 July 1919; Medals: Military Medal for bravery in the field; 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals

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 (Vehicle Safety Testing School)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The first women to complete the Vehicle Safety Testing School in 1961

Historical information

One of the images taken for an article in a 1961 edition of Police Life about five police women who were the first of their gender to attend the Vehicle Safety Testing School (VSTS) at Brunswick. L to r: Val Jones, Val Keith, Norma Cockram leaning on bonnet with Marj Bowden and Norma Hardy lying on the ground. Male instructor: S/C John Johnson

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A Morris car, registration number HRC-698, overtaking a truck while crossing double lines. There is an image of a speedometer in the top centre of the photograph reading 20 mph.

Significance

Image taken from first camera car. The image shows the date of 15.9.69, the time and speed of the vehicle.

Sketch (Broken train rails)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of an illustration showing broken train rails

Inscriptions & Markings

Scene where the train was to be wreaked. Australian I. News

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Fairlane 300 in open field with trees in the background. Registration number HBW-607. Circa 1959

Photograph (Victoria Police) - Police Academy Officers group photo

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on grey frame. 12 young men pose for photograph in 1920s[?] uniform (no insignia on clothes) in 2 row strucuture, front one sitting and back standing up. 3 men on the bottom right look way more relaxed - not sitting up straight, large smiles and holds a cigarette in their hands. Likely to have Robert Davidson on the photograph, who joined the force in 1924

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: (centre) BOB DAVIDSON // 203 CRANBOURNE RD // FRANKSTON // 7836194 (top right) CP42 White sticker on frame: 9/7/80 // Received from S.C. Steve Muir, 'Police Life' on this date.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Line of nine Ariel motorcycles. Circa 1950

Record of Conduct and Service (Peter Thompson)

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: 27/05/1909; Granted leave of absence: August 1916; Re-joined ca. December 1919; Resigned 22/01/1923 WW1 service: Enlisted 7 September 1916; Highest rank: Private: Regiment: 13th Light Horse Regiment and 5th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Returned to Australia 1 July 1919; Medals: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Customline, registration no. GKL 204, circa 1956

Inscriptions & Markings

Customline 1956. M.T.S. Engine # ASQ 4984. Sold 23.12.57 750 pounds. P. Wilson

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police woman in front of Holden station wagon talking to a dishevelled man in suit. There is another police officer seated in the driver's seat. Circa 1963

Inscriptions & Markings

'EJ Holden 1962-3'

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

International van registration number JBY-306 with police insignia and 'Forensic Science Laboratory' on the side door. There is a light and roof racks on the roof of the van. Circa 1965

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Side view of Studebaker Cruiser. Unidentified person sitting in driver's seat. Circa 1965

Historical information

A Wireless Patrol car and driver in the Russell St HQ yard

Record of Conduct and Service (Grace Brebner)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service belonging to Grace Brebner, registration no. 9690. Includes personal description, list of transfers and black and white profile photograph of Grace Brebner.

Historical information

Grace Brebner graduated in 1942 and was the first police woman to attend Detective Training School. She began at the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1951 often taking on undercover shifts at a factory to investigate illegal gambling. Brebner was later employed as Sub-Officer-in-Charge at the Women Police Division.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle police riding Ariels along tram tracks with two mounted police to the rear of the photograph

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Daimler registration number 2-690 with damage to rear bumper and front left hand side mudguard, circa 1934

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 2 Daimler Reg No. 2690. Damaged in collision with Fiat sedan No. 60-868 at the intersection of Inkerman Road and Alexander Street East St Kilda on 10/4/34. First Const. MacPherson 6953 driver. Senr Const. Fowles in charge

Certificate and Scroll (Robert Graham)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black embossed leather scroll with printed and handwritten Royal Humane Society Award Certificate awarded to Robert Graham for rescuing sufferers from the flood at the Goulburn River at Shepparton on 7th November 1887

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of a Ford Falcon V8, registration number KAA-833, parked in a residential street. Circa 1968

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 (William Arthur Poulter, January 1944) - Traffic signal poses

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of William Arthur Poulter posing in traffic signals. Right arm bend right towards his left shoulder.

Historical information

Part of set of 4 photographs of Poulter posing in traffic signals. They were kept with note with information on Poulter.

Inscriptions & Markings

January 1944 Stamp: PHOTOGRAPH BY // RITTER JEPPESEN STUDIOS // 107-111 LONSDALE ST., MELB 0.1 // PHONE CENT. 5218 // REFERENCE NO [handwrittern] 10043 // POSITION [handwrittern] B

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

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle, registration number 7536, with driver wearing suit and lace up boots. Circa 1929

Historical information

Shows John Atherton 7385 of the Motor cycle Patrol in 1927. BSA outfit

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Got Gur, Mobile Traffic Section standing in front of a 1952 Ford Customline patrol car, registration number GAE-504. Photo taken on Yarra Blvd, Kew

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

Record of Conduct and Service (Edwin Joseph Morley)

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 5/02/1909; Granted extended leave without pay: 9/08/1915 WW1 service: Enlisted: 26 July 1915; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 21st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement; Fate: Killed in action, France, 19 July 1915; Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Falcon Mobile Traffic Section Q car, registration number HGY-104. Circa 1960. Panel in the grille shows where the siren was fitted.