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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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Prison record (Ah Tune)

Key words

ah tune
foreign prisoner
beechworth
murder
william brasslin

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; motor transport section; wireless patrol; highway patrol; valiant v8 car

A number of V8 Valiants lined up with their bonnets open revealing their engines. Circa 1967

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; ford car

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; hotchkiss patrol car; motor police branch; transport

Hotchkiss CIB Car driven by Harry Rand with two unidentified men in backseat, circa 1922. Taken at Wesburn on the Maroondah Hwy enroute to Warragul.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hotchkiss 1922 near Millgrove

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; triumph thunderbird motorcycle; lloyd, owen

Owen Lloyd riding a Triumph Thunderbird with "Bunny" Storer as passenger in Dusting sidecar parked in front of a Volkswagen. Circa 1960

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Engraving, Framed

Key words

mansfield
police murders
murdered police memorial
kelly gang
ned kelly
michael kelly
michael scanlan
thomas lonigan

Framed original woodblock engraving of the Police Memorial, Mansfield. Hand coloured from the Garran Picturesque Atlas 1886

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Record of Conduct and Service (John Boyd)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; boyd, john 5549

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 2/10/1910; Leave of absence July 1917; Resumed duty 1/10/1919; Discharged 2/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 27 July 1917; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Returned to Australia 7 July 1919

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; ariel square four motorcycle

Ariel Square 4 MkII, registration number BV-035, without rider. Circa 1958

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (David Francis Gillespie)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; gillespie, david francis 5453

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police Stations (Altona North)

Key words

police stations; altona north police station

2 colour photos

Historical information

Altona North is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. Altona North Police Station opened on 7 October 1979 as a new twenty-four police station and was the District Headquarters of Altona District. It comprised a C.I.B. and a Community Policing Squad. It is located at 72 Cooper Avenue, on the corner of McArthurs Road. A new police station is being planned for Galvin Street, opening in 2020.

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Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; transport; motor police branch; chevrolet car; o'sullivan bap

1/ C Bap O'Sullivan of Bendigo leaning on running board of Ford V8 MTS patrol car, registration number 135-203, circa 1936

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; ford customline car; robertson, don

Ford Customline, registration number GLC 702, with Don Robertson leaning against driver's door. Circa 1957

Historical information

Chief Commissioner's offical car with Don Robertson, his police driver, at Geelong

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

Key words

stringybark creek
edward kelly
ned kelly
kelly gang
police murders
bushrangers
glenrowan
carte de visite
michael kennedy

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)

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Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; wireless patrol; holden ute

Holden utility, registration no. GOG 871, with police insignia on door, police light on top of vehicle and PA system in the tray of vehicle. Damage to the front bumper, with vehicle raised on hoist. Circa 1956

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; honda motorcycle

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record (James Brokenshire)

Key words

english speaking prisoner
james job brokenshire
fraud

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.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; motor transport section; wireless patrol; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; honda motorcycle

Two Honda 750 motorcycles, without riders, parked in front of a yellow marked police vehicle. Circa 1980

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (uniform, female)

Key words

police women
uniform
duncan, chief commissioner
carr, elva
graduation

Graduation photograph from 1950 showing the full complement of uniform of Victorian women police. Chief Commissioner Duncan is seated in the centre of the front row.

Historical information

Back row (l to r): Ellen Jagoe, Selma Snell, Jean Coutts, Flo Miles. Front row (l to r): Jane Ford-Lloyd, Elva Carr, Chief Commissioner Duncan, Anne Palmer, Jessie Arnott

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; bmw motorcycle; rust, graeme douglas; francis, robert charles

G Rust and R Francis sitting on BMW1100s in uniform but without helmet or gloves - front view with car in background. Circa 1991

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; studebaker lark car

Studebaker Lark, registration number HNK-605, resting on hoist. The top of the car has been crushed and the right hand side doors are hanging off with some damage to the bottom of the front bumper. Circa 1963

Historical information

A result of answering an urgent call and the car running off the road. The only injury was a cut finger on one passenger. Drive was Constable Ron Smith of the Transport Branch.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; ford fairlane car; church, brian; mangles, terry; hancock, edward

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; ford fairlane car; ford customline car; holden zephyr car; russell street

Russell Street garage including Fairlanes, Customlines and Zephyrs. Circa 1960

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Armour (Dan Kelly)

Key words

ned kelly
bushranger
kelly gang
dan kelly
glenrowan
victoria police

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'

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (William Joseph McCulloch)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; mcculloch, william joseph 4771

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; Took leave of absence May 1916; Resumed duties1/09/1919; Retired 7/11/1932; Highest rank: Sergeant WW1 service: Enlisted 8 May 1916; Highest rank: Gunner: Regiment: 10th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Returned to Australia 12 May 1919

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (Thomas William Miles)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; miles, thomas william 5087

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 12/05/1903; Granted leave of absence 23/09/1915; Resumed duties 18/10/1919; Discharged 29/11/1929 due to ill health WW1 service: Enlisted 24 September 1915; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 23rd Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 11 May 1919; Medals: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Plainclothes Branch 1913

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (Henry Clarke Fenton)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; fenton, henry clarke 5048

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 23/05/1902; Granted leave of absence: 1/05/1915; Re-joined: 19/08/1920; Resigned: 6/07/1923 WW1 service: Enlisted: 8 May 1915; Highest rank: Captain; Regiment: Australian Army Provost Corps; Fate: Returned to Australia May 1920; Medals: Star, British War, Victory Medals

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (Victoria Police) - Police Officers on dinner event

Key words

victoria police museum
police officers
police academy
police force
victorian police association
police council
blamey, thomas
chief commissioner
sir thomas blamey; chief commissioner of police

Black and white photograph mounted on grey frame. Passport 3x4 photograph stuck on top right of larger photograph - middle age men, unknown. 9 men on photograph are in dinner event. On the far left, possibly former Chief Commissioner Thomas Blamey, on army uniform. Other men are in formal suits, younger looking one in glasses faces the camera cheerfully. 2 men standing on the back, one with piece of paper and the other smoking a cigarette.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: EP 1

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Prison record (William Coleman)

Key words

william coleman
english speaking prisoner
stealing
larceny

Prison record for William Coleman, prisoner registered number 34372, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

William Coleman stole a cash box from the Woolpack Hotel, Carlton, December 1910. He had a string of various other offences of larceny and stealing under a variety of aliases

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; brough superior motorcycle; police motorcycles; gilder, charles herbert; condie, david archibald

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands