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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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Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A wireless operator inside a Daimler

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption: Daimler Radio Equipment 1920s

Photograph (Victoria Police) - Police Force group photo with woman

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on brown frame. Formal 2 row structure portrait in front of brick building - all in sharp suit clothing. 7 men [police officers?] standing cheerfully looking to the camera. On the front row 3 men sitting and woman in the middle (perhaps office assistant).

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 straight out and looking in the same direction, left arm down.

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] A

Photograph (Victoria Police D24) - Police Officers - inventors of wireless patrol

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph mounted on brown frame. 14 Police officers posing for photograph on 2 row structure. They all wear suits and look cheerful - On the middle, sitting is Pop Downie and they are all part of Wireless Patrol crew.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: (top left) 31 (top right) AP 84 (centre) WIRELESS PATROL CREWS OUTSIDE THEIR OFFICE // INSP F.W. DOWNIE MIDDLE FRONT ROW.

Police Stations (Apollo Bay)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

3 black & white photos and 2 coloured photos

Historical information

Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria. It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway, along the edge of the Barham River and on the Great Ocean Road, in the Colac Otway Shire. The original township was surveyed in 1853 and named Middleton. In 1881 the town was renamed Krambruk which was changed to Apollo Bay in 1898. The Krambruk Police Station was opened on 7 March 1888 in the Southern District on land opposite the site of the current Mechanics' Institute and changed its name to the Apollo Bay Police Station on 1 September 1990. It came under the Barwon District in 1948 and "Lima" Western District from 4 March 1990. In 1930 the police station was located to 29 Nelson Street. It was a seven-roomed weather-board dwelling on three-quarters of an acre of land. It consisted of six rooms of pine, lined and painted; one pantry; one bathroom and wash-house; one hall; one office and one W.C.. There was stabling for one horse and one cell for prisoners. It was staffed by one Mounted Constable. In the early 1970s land was acquired at 31 Nelson Street and a new police station was constructed. This was a three-roomed brick building with a cell block at the rear. By the time it closed in 2005 it had been extended twice. On 17 November 2006 the current Apollo Bay Police Station opened in its current location at 35a Nelson Street, on the corner of Cartwight Street). Outside the peak summer season, the station is open 16 hours per day and staffed by one sergeant and five other members.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Arrested man being put into the Daimler Wireless Patrol car. Bill Black on left. Circa 1928

Record of Conduct and Service (David Leslie Snowdon)

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 28/10/1914; Leave of absence: August 1915; Resumed duties 12/11/1919; Retired 10/06/1948 WW1 service: Enlisted : 3 August 1915; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: Australian Provost Corp; Fate: Returned to Australia 2 August 1919; Medals: 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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

Holden Courtesy panel van, registration number JHE-915, and a Studebaker at St Kilda Mobile Traffic Section at rear of 145 Chapel St. St.Kilda. Circa 1965

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.

Record of Conduct and Service (William James Hollow)

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 28/12/1911; Took leave of absence July 1915; Rejoined 1/09/1918; Retired 3/02/1945; Highest rank: First constable WW1 service: Enlisted 7 July 1915; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company; Fate: Returned to Australia 6 July 1918; Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Prison record (Walter Middleton)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record for Walter Middleton, prisoner registered number 35144, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

In May 1919 Walter Middleton, in the company of Francis William Hawken, assaulted and robbed Mr Le Souef, the Director of the Zoological Gardens. A bag was placed over Mr Le Souef's head by Middleton and Hawken struck him on the head with a weighted object. He was then robbed.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

4.3 litre 6 cylinder Alvis, registration number, at Russell Street yard, circa 1937. Shows building used to garage cars east side of yard where CIB building was put in 1970s

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

Record of Conduct and Service (Richard George Moss)

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 4/09/1912; Resigned 20/05/1915 WW1 service: Enlisted 14 May 1915; Highest rank: Captain; Regiment: 23rd Australian Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcement; Fate: Returned to Australia, date unknown; Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Side view of a Rambler Classic. Circa 1966

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Harry Duffy, Pat Walsh, Bill Clottu and Reg McMillan in front of vehicle number FL-303, circa 1944

Historical information

A 1944 Mercury Wireless Patrol car and crew. Left to right : H Duffy 9294, P Walsh 9636, W Clottu 9593, R McMillan 9675 (driver)

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 3 Mercury

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police garage with Daimler Wireless Patrol cars. There are fourteen crew men in attendance. Caption under the photo states Wireless Patrol ready to leave Russell Street. The car to the far left is a Cadillac which was for general transport. The cars have leather cover over the radiator. circa 1929

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Uniformed MTS policeman leaning on running board of 1934 Ford Roadster registration number 41-260, circa 1934

Inscriptions & Markings

Ford Roadster 1934 Trucks Patrol

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Alvis Wireless Patrol car registration number 171-245, circa 1937 taken in the Russell Street HQ yard. The "Police" sign and tubing containing wireless aerials can be seen.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Four men getting out of a Studebaker Lark, registration number HNM-107, at night.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Triumph TR3 highway patrol outside Bendigo police station. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

1940 Ford Mercury as part of Wireless Patrol, in front of Russell Street, circa 1944

Historical information

Mercury Wireless Patrol car around 1944 with 1/C Lindsay (Mick) Patterson 9225 on the radio and 1/C John O'Connor 9186 taking notes in the right rear

Inscriptions & Markings

Front passenger 1/Const Lindsay Patterson 9225. Const Jack O'Connor 9186 rear right passenger. Others not known

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Fleet of Studebaker Larks

Historical information

Shows the entire fleet of Wireless Patrol cars

Inscriptions & Markings

Wireless Patrol 1964 Lark Cruiser

Police Stations (Altona)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

8 black and white photos of new police station, 1963

Historical information

Altona is a suburb of Melbourne, 13 km south-west of Melbourne's CBD and located within the City of Hobsons Bay Altona Police Station opened as a temporary police station in 1919 in the Melbourne District. It was on the corner Sargood and Blyth Streets. It was staffed by one 1st Constable. The original police station was in a small room attached to the front of a 5-roomed weather-board dwelling with an iron roof on land measuring 66' x 165'. There was also a kitchen, vestibule, wash-house, office, one W.C. and a lock-up. In 1929 it became part of the Bourke District. On 31 March 1958 it moved into newly built government premises at 51-53 Blyth Street, on the corner of Bent Street. The building consisted of a cream brick veneer police residence and police station with cell. Staff was increased to a Sergeant in Charge and 3 Constables. A new police station was opened in Altona North on 7th October 1979. The Altona Police Station remained as a sub-station for a few a short time until the building was sold. July 2019 - a new police station is being constructed at 1 Galvin Street, Altona. Galvin Street was names after S/C Michael Arthur Galvin, 3651, who was appointed on 5 Jan 1886 and resigned on 4 Dec 1913. He was Werribee Shire President 1926-1927 and 1940-1941

Carte de Visite - Carte de Visite of Captain Moonlite

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

Andrew George Scott, also known as Captain Moonlite, was an Australian bushranger. Born in the 1840s, he was hanged in New South Wales in 1880 for the shooting of Constable Edward Webb-Bowen after a series of robberies and a shoot out with police near Wagga Wagga. Aside from his crimes and activities as a bushranger under the alias Captain Moonlite, Scott is also known for his relationship with his companion James Nesbitt. Many claim Nesbitt was Scott's partner and lover. In 1995 Scott's remains were exhumed and placed next to Nesbitt's to satisfy Scott's dying wish to be buried next to his companion.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Pilot and Arthur Roberts 10936, circa 1949

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Matt Owens of the Wireless Patrol, circa 1953

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A mini having mounted the curb into oncoming traffic on Beach Road, with a Ford Falcon Camera Car parked beside it and a Volkswagen driving towards it in the background. Circa 1969