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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 (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motor Cycle Patrol with Coventry Eagles lines up and drivers and passengers to the rear of the photo. Registration numbers from L to R 14067, 29714, 29719, 29733. Circa 1928

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)

Photograph (Emily Mather's grave)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Colour photograph showing the grave of Emily Lydia Mather

Prison record (Myrtle McDonald)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Myrtle McDonald, prisoner registered number 730, giving details of the prisoner, her crimes and the dates and places of her trials.

Historical information

Myrtle McDonald, in company with Robert Roberts, was accused of passing forged five pound notes in Carlton, August 1916.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

O.H. Beever 9252 and G. Jenkins standing in uniform in front of 1947 Ford Deluxe, circa 1947

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

FB Holden wagon registration number HEA-608. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Aerial photograph of Single Spinner Ford leaving Russell Street police garage, circa 1950

Record of Conduct and Service (Herbert Oscar Ritter)

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 August 1914; Re-appointed 19/01/191; Retired 30/06/1946 WW1 service: Enlisted 20 August 1914; Highest rank: 2nd Lieutenant; Regiment: 6th Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Returned 3 March 1916; Medals: 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals

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.

Record of Conduct and Service (John Leslie Hall)

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 30/01/1913; Resigned 9/06/1917; Resumed duties 19/03/1919; Superannuated out 16/08/1941 by the Police Medical Board WW1 service: 8 June 1917; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 7th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement; Returned to Australia: 24 Dec 1918;

Prison record (James Brokenshire)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for James Job Brokenshire, prisoner registered number 35189, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

Following an investigation into the insolvency of the firm Brokenshire and Coltman, estate agents and auctioneers, both partners were charged with fraud. William Coltman received a non-custodial sentence but James Brokenshire was sentenced to four years.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four men standing beside and in front of a car with boot opened. Man front left wearing a gas mask; man in centre getting gas mask ready to put on; man on right carrying a rifle and flashlight; man left rear putting a gas mask on. Circa 1973

Historical information

Newspaper photo of the Wireless Patrol crew with carbines and tear gas equipment at a siege in 1962

Inscriptions & Markings

Wireless Patrol 1962-63. L to R Fred Barnham, S/C Bill McRae, Adrian Lalor, Ron King (driver)

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Three men in suits standing in front of a Ford Fairlane, l to r: Brian Church, Terry Mangles and Ted Hancock. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Two unidentified police in Dodge divisional van, with man at front holding radio telephone to his ear, circa 1950

Carte de Visite (Kelly armour)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph of Kelly Armour set out with torso sections separated. Helmet is in the middle with pistol in the foreground

Inscriptions & Markings

Kelly Armour (under photograph in ink)

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Brough Superior, registration number 29-710, with driver Charles Herbert Gilder and passenger David Archibald Condie in side car. Circa 1935

Photograph (Henry Pewtress)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Volkswagen station car registration number JDR-803. Kingsville Police Womens office. Circa 1965.

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

Carte de Visite (Kelly armour)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small sepia coloured photograph of Kelly Gang armour laid out on the ground. Rifle and scull cap can be seen.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Front view of Ariel, registration number BJ-340, with damage to windshield, parked against a corrugated tin wall. There is a side view of a second Ariel to the left of the photograph with no identifying markings.

Police Stations (Alexandra)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1 black and white photo and 3 colour photos

Historical information

Alexandra is a regional centre in the Shire of Murrindindi in Victoria, Australia and 130 kilometres north east of Melbourne. Alexandra Police Station opened in the Benalla Police District on 8 May 1867 in Bon Street, on the north side near Grant Street. When the station opened it was staffed by one Senior Constable; one 1st Constable (Mounted); one Foot Constable. The original building was a nine-roomed brick building with an iron roof on land measuring 84' x 97’. The house included a wash-house, pantry, bathroom, office, one W.C., stabling for three horses, a lock-up with two rooms and a single man's room. It closed in June 1977 and was replaced by a new police station which opened on 16 June 1977 in Bon Street, on land adjacent to the old police station. For a list of Officers in Charge 1871 to 1943 contact Victoria Police Museum

Record of Conduct and Service (Charles Alfred Taylor)

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: 28/10/1908; Granted leave without pay: 5/05/1917; Re-joined: 1/10/1919; Retired: 8/02/1946; Highest rank: Inspector WW1 service: Enlisted: 10 May 1917; Highest rank: Corporal; Regiment: 38th Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 4 July 1919; Medals: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory medals

Record of Conduct and Service (Edwin Leslie Bassett)

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 12/07/1912; Took leave: February 1916; Resumed duty 5/11/1919; Retired 20/03/1942 WW1 service: Enlisted 26 January 1916; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: Field Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 7; Fate: returned to Australia 22 August 1919

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Triumph Saint, registration number JS-776. Circa 1966

Inscriptions & Markings

Transport Branch, No. 2 Division, Police Workshops, 119-193 Wellington St., Collingwood 3066

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 motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Motorcycle Patrol riders standing in a row behind Honda 900s. Circa 1980.

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)