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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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Photograph (Frederick Deeming)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph backed onto black backing board showing a man in a long coat and top hat with his hands in his pockets and a moustache

Historical information

In March 1892, Melbourne Butcher John Stamford took a prospective tenant to a house he owned at 57 Andrew Street Windsor. He noticed a 'disagreeable smell' coming from the front rooms. Suspecting foul play, Stamford called the police who quickly discovered a decomposing body and partially clad body of a young woman in a shallow grave under the fireplace. 'Her skull had been shattered and her throat cut'. Two detectives, Sergeants Considine and Cawsey, began investigations. The previous tenant, a 'Mr. Druin' who had rented the house had since disappeared was the main suspect. 'Druin' had arrived in Australia from England as 'Albert Williams' in December 1891 with his 24 year old wife Emily Mather. The body was Emily's. The crime scene investigation proved difficult as the suspect - whatever his real name- had cleaned up the scene very carefully. Much later it was discovered that the suspect was in fact Frederick Bayley Deeming, a former sailor born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, in 1854. In 1881, Deeming deserted his ship and lived in Sydney where he married and had a family. Deeply in debt, he later burned his business down to claim its insurance value and fled to South Africa before he could be arrested. He is believed to have committed numerous frauds and murders in Africa. Eventually found in Uruguay, he spent time in prison in England for fraud. After being released he married Emily and returned to Australia. After leaving England, British police began investigating him over the murder of Mrs Marie Deeming and her four children. Now using another alias, 'Baron Swanston', Deeming was arrested in Western Australia before he left the country in the company of a young woman, Kate Rounsefell, whom he planned to marry. It seems Kate would have been his next murder victim. Brought back to Victoria, in May 1892, Deeming went on trail for the murder of Emily Mather. Despite a strong defense conducted by a brilliant young barrister and 3 times Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, the evidence against Deeming was overwhelming and he was found guilty. Deeming was hanged at Melbourne Gaol on 23 May 1892. He was known to be responsible for at least 6 murders and may have committed others.

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

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Row of ten Ariel motorcycles with riders standing beside the bikes, at the rear of Government House. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wireless Patrol car Ford Fairlane 300 registration number HBW-618. Circa 1965

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 drivers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Victoria Police Transport Branch (Motor Police) Drivers and Staff taken in Russell Street yard circa 1931

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda CB900F motorcycles being ridden in exhibition formation. Riders are L to R Tony Borg, Paul Martin, Dave Rogers, Barry Olsen and John Hall. Circa 1980

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of ford Customline, registration number GEX-613, with damage to the left hand side, circa 1953

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A Mercury Wireless Patrol car and crew in 1944. Left to right: J O'Connor 9186. G Cracknell 9395 (driver). W Crowley 9315, A Coventry 9320.

Historical information

Photo shows bumper bars painted white when the headlights were half blocked during the "brown out".

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 car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Uniformed policeman filling Studebaker with petrol. Circa 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

Ken Read

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda CB 900 parked on the street. Circa 1980.

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

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 (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Arthur Mason and Bill Lagoon of the new Motor Driving School standing beside a SuperSnipe. Both men are wearing belted trench coats. Registration number WZ 501

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Victoria Police Motor Traffic Section circa 1940

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Studebaker Cruiser, registration number JMG-202, in Russell Street garage with driver's door opened and uniformed policeman standing behind open car door and Asian man in a suit standing on other side of door. Circa 1966.

Historical information

A Wireless Patrol car in the Russell St garage

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 (Stanley Robert Mudie)

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 01/12/1910; Leave of absence October 1916; Resumed duties 01/04/1919; Retired 17/06/1950; Highest rank: Inspecting Superintendent WW1 service: Enlisted 19 October 1916; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: 4th Australian Divisional Train; Fate: Returned to Australia 2 January 1919; Medals: 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victoria Medals

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ariels and Triumphs outside Russell Street garage. Circa 1956

Photograph (Victoria Police) - Police Officers riding horses

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on grey frame. 3 Police Officers mounted on Horses (grey, white and dapple). They are all in the middle of a grass field [presentation of some sort?] and there's a big crowd watching in the background. Horse numbers: 230, 228, 229

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: Acquisition No 241 White sticker on frame: 9/7/80 // Received from S.C. Steve Muir, 'Police Life' on this date.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Don Ferguson wearing a belted trench coat standing beside a Ford Zephyr at driving school. Registration number GXL 215. Circa 1959

Journals - The Phonographic Magazine and Typewriting News of Australasia

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

An incomplete collection of ten shorthand journals. Only known published example of Thomas McIntyre's manuscript 'Reminiscences of a Victoria Mounted Constable (A Narrative of the Kelly Gang and Other Bushrangers)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle Patrol riding Honda 900s in V formation. Circa 1981

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Pilot and Arthur Roberts 10936, circa 1949

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

FJ Holden utility, registration no. GET 245, with police insignia on door, police light on top of vehicle and PA system in tray of vehicle, escorting Mayne Nickless trick with wide load. Young boy running on the road alongside the truck. Sign on top of vehicle says "Police - Stop". Circa 1956

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

Unidentified man in uniform seated on an Ariel, registration number 67-039

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Six vehicles comprising two Ford Customlines, two Humber Hawks and two Ford Zephyrs at driving school. Registration numbers: GXL 181, GXL 214; GXE 202; GXE 201; GXL 215; GXL 780. Circa 1959