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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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Armour (Dan Kelly)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Armour worn by bushranger Dan Kelly including helmet (VPM1799.1); chest plate (VPM1799.2); back plate (VPM1799.3) and groin plate (1799.4). Armour constructed from heavy metal plough plates, bolted and welded together.

Historical information

Armour worn by Dan Kelly, Kelly Gang member and brother to Ned Kelly, during the Glenrowan Siege, August 1880.

Inscriptions & Markings

Painted on inside of armour : 'Dan Kelly', 'Police Exhibition', 'E. Kelly' Impressed on plough VPM1799.3 'Huntly Crucible Cast'

Carte de Visite (Thomas McIntyre)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia coloured carte de visite image of Thomas McIntyre printed on thin photographic paper.

Historical information

Thomas McIntyre was the sole survivor of the police party murdered by the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek in October 1878. He was the key witness in Ned Kelly's murder trial.

Map (Thomas McIntyre)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Large hand drawn map of the Stringybark Creek ambush site on blue government paper.

Historical information

Created by Constable Thomas McIntyre, sole survivor of the police party murdered by the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek near Mansfield Victoria in 1878. Thomas McIntyre was the main witness in Ned Kelly's trial.

Carte de visite (Thomas McIntyre and Edward Monk)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small sepia coloured carte de visite photograph of Edward Monk (standing) and Thomas McIntyre (seated), printed on thin photographic paper.

Historical information

Thomas Newman McIntyre (1846 - 1918) was the sole survivor of the police party murdered by the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek on 28 October 1878. Importantly, McIntyre was later the key witness in Ned Kelly's murder trial. Edward Monk (1844 - 1928) was a selector living in the area, who accompanied the police party sent to returned to collect the bodies of the murdered police. Both men became great friends later in life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Constable McIntyre sitting. Mr Ted Mond standing (of saw mill)

Vampire Slaying Kit

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

19th Century Vampire Slaying Kit in a wooden box. Contains a pistol, silver pistol balls with crosses on them, wooden stake and holy water bottle.

Historical information

Item was seized by Victoria Police during a drugs raid at Pascoe Vale South in 2004.

Scrapbook (Thomas McIntyre) - Thomas McIntyre's Scrapbook

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Green fabric bound scrapbook with an embossed image of a child in a boat with reeds and ducks on both sides on the front cover belonging to Constable Thomas McIntyre containing newspaper cuttings from various publications between 1877 - 1880 and various loose cuttings.

Historical information

Personal scrapbook of Constable Thomas McIntyre

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed on front cover: Album Mr Thos McIntyre Faulkner St St Kilda

Revolver (Ned Kelly) - 1849 Colt Percussion Revolver

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Colt Model 1849 Pecussion Revolver. Serial number 53939. Five round chamber and a plain timber handle with the letters "E.K." scratched into the handle. "E.K." could also refer to Ernest Knowles executed around the same time as Kelly.

Historical information

Weapon believed to have been owned by Edward "Ned" Kelly as evidenced by the letters "E.K." scratched into the bottom of the handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scratched into handle "E.K." "53939"

Photograph (Pewtress) - Henry Pewtress

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Historical information

Henry Pewtress was a sub-inspector of Victoria Police. He was in charge of the Mansfield area when the three police were killed by the Kelly Gang at Stringybark Creek. Pewtress organised the search party but having little local knowledge he went to see Dr Samuel Reynolds and others. They located the bodies of Lonigan and Scanlan easily, but did not find Kenney's until three days later. He was subsequently a member of the murdered Police Memorial Fund established in the Mansfield area after the death of Lonigan, Scanlan and Kennedy in October 1878.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Pewtress" (Thick felt pen on rear) "CP49" (red felt pen top rear corner) "Supt resigned 9/3/1892 65 years (blue pen on rear) "Yours Faithfully H. Pewtress" (ink on front bottom right corner)

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)

Carte de Visite (Dan Kelly standing) - Dan Kelly (standing)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia toned photograph on card showing Dan Kelly with left arm resting on a pillar.

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" (handwritten in ink underneath image on front of card)

Postcard (Kelly Gang) - Postcard featuring Kelly Gang

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white printed postcard with a photograph believed to be of three members of the Kelly Gang seated on horses in the middle a bushland gully on a dirt road. Mountain and trees in the background.

Inscriptions & Markings

"THE KELLY GANG - From an original Photograph. Steve Hart. Dan Kelly. Ned Kelly." (printed on front of postcard) "667" (black felt on reverse of postcard) "BP32" (purple felt pen on reverse of postcard)

Carte de Visite (Ned Kelly) - Carte de visite Edward

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia toned photograph of Edward "Ned" Kelly on cardboard in an oval shape.

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 209 Bourke Street. East & St Georges Hall" (front of carte de visite)

Photograph (Ned Kelly) - Photograph of Ned Kelly

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Edward "Ned" Kelly mounted onto dark green board. Photograph is oval in shape and shows Ned Kelly the day before his execution.

Historical information

This is an original image of Edward "Ned" Kelly photographed the day before his execution.

Inscriptions & Markings

"318 (crossed through) 334" (blue ink on white sticker on front top right hand corner of photograph) "P318" (felt pen on reverse of photograph). "Ned Kelly" (handwritten in black ink). "Public Relations Division (stamped on reverse).

Carte de Visite (Constable Fitzpatrick) - Carte de visite Alexander Fitzpatrick

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia toned photograph on cardboard showing Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick holding a riding crop with left elbow resting on a pillar.

Historical information

Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick had a questionable character even before being posted to Greta Police Station in 1878. He made an attempt to arrest Dan Kelly but did not follow correct procedure. He went by himself and had also been drinking beforehand. While Fitzpatrick stated that he was assaulted and suffered a minor gun show wound at the hands of "Ned" Kelly and other family members, his claims were disputed by them. The Kellys "went bush" after this incident and two police parties - one led by Michael Kennedy - were sent in pursuit of them.

Inscriptions & Markings

"J.E. Bray, Photo Beecworth" (underneath photograph). "Portrait & Landscape Photographer J.E. Bray Beecworth, Victoria. Negatives kept, copies 1/. each, may be had by forwarding name and address accompanied with remittance to the amount of the order. Photographs coloured in water colours" (on reverse of carte de visite)

Carte de visite (Search Party) - Carte de visite search party

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia toned photograph of four mounted police and their horses. One man is mounted on his horse while the other three are holding theirs by the reins. Each man is also holding a rifle.

Inscriptions & Markings

"...Kelly" (majority of inscription has been torn away)

Photograph (Scanlan's Grave)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Sepia toned photograph of Constable Michael Scanlan's grave stone mounted onto card with embossed scalloped, leaf and ribbon design at top and along top sides.

Carte de Visite (Scanlan) - Carte de visite Michael Scanlan

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Badge (Strikers)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Gilt and enamel circular badge with a central red background containing a logo in gold gilt and an outer blue background

Inscriptions & Markings

"Police Strikers' Association" on obverse and "25" and Stokes & Sons Melbourne" on reverse.

Negatives, Glass plate - Archive of glass plate negatives from crime scenes

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

The archive of over 400 glass plate negatives consists of 1/4 plate, 1/2 plate and full plate glass negatives

Historical information

The photographs are crime scene depictions, taken to assist police and detectives in solving crime. Most scenes are from the 1930s and 1940s which was a time when photographing crime scenes was still a relatively new action. Many of the scenes are without context as the location or crime have not been recorded against the image. Some have been identified. Either way they present an evocative image of Melbourne's past.

Carte de Visite (Scanlan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite of Constable Scanlan in an oval shape

Carte de Visite (Lonigan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite photograph of Constable Lonigan in an oval shape

Inscriptions & Markings

Const. Lonigan (written in black ink under photograph)

Carte de Visite (seven armed men)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite photograph showing a line of seven armed men standing outdoors

Carte de Visite (timber dwelling)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Carte de Visite showing the photograph of a timber dwelling with bark rood and chimney. Four adults stand in front of the building (two female, two male) and one other male is seated

Carte de Visite (re-enactment of shoot-out)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph in a bush setting showing a re-enactment of the shoot-out between Kelly and the police at Stringybark Creek

Carte de Visite (Steve Hart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph on cardboard showing Steve Hart

Carte de Visite (Constable Fitzpatrick)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick

Carte de Visite (Sergeant Kennedy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Sergeant Michael Kennedy

Carte de Visite (ten men with rifles)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing a group of ten men with rifles in a (staged) bushland setting. Eight are standing and two are crouched down on one leg.

Historical information

Image was taken just before the party set out in search for the Kelly Gang outlaws in the Strathbogie Ranges

Inscriptions & Markings

Supt Hares party (written on rear in pencil)

Carte de Visite (Sergeant Michael Kennedy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Sergeant Michael Kennedy

Inscriptions & Markings

Sergeant Kennedy (written above photograph), shot by bushrangers at Wombat Ranges (under photograph)

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)