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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 - Wireless Patrol 1943. L Patterson 9225 front passenger. J O'Conner 9186 right rear

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

The car is a Mercury V8 sedan. L Patterson retired as a Commander and John O'Connor retired as an Ass. Commissioner. The Transport Branch driver and other patrolman are not known.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Frank Porter laying out a Triumph Thunderbird 650cc at Yarra Bend Park with three men watching in the background. Two men to the left are in overalls and the third man is in full uniform including helmet and one glove.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Customline, registration number GGD-057, with three men in the car, circa 1953

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

David Smith on Triumph Outfit with sidecar, registration number CE-356, wearing full uniform including helmet, goggles and elbow length gloves. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

First communications car, Lancia, with George Leeming driving. Fred Canning operator, C Peverell and Fred Downie in the rear with police dog sitting on running board, circa 1923

Record of Conduct and Service (William Thomas Robertson)

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 22/08/1913; Discharged: 19/08/1914 WW1 service: Enlisted: 18 August 1914; Highest rank: Trooper; Regiment: 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Killed in action, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 7 August 1915; Medals 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory medals

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Holden courtesy van in a park with skyscraper in background. Circa 1961

Historical information

Used by the Mobile Traffic Section for patrol and warning motorists at incidents etc.

Record of Conduct and Service (Charles Lester Gordon Trewin)

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 10/04/1911; Discharged 3/09/1914 WW1 service: Enlisted: 5 September 1914; Highest rank: Captain; Regiment: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment; Fate: Returned to Australia 15th January 1919.

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Line of nine Ariel motorcycles. Circa 1950

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Newspaper photograph of Frank Porter jumping a triumph Thunderbird, wearing uniform including helmet and elbow length gloves.

Inscriptions & Markings

Possibly at Yarra Bend park

Record of Conduct and Service (William Ford)

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 29/06/1911; Granted leave of absence 30/9/1916; Re-joined 01/09/1919; Resigned 13/09/1921; Re-joined 21/11/1921; Resigned 21/12/1921 WW1 service: Enlisted 9/10/1916; Highest rank: Driver; Regiment: 3rd Australian Motor Transport Company; Fate: Returned to Australia: 5 July 1919; Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Gaming Branch 1940

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

Motor cars are a 1937 Ford and 1940 Chevrolet. Members from left rear are: J.Gibson?; A DeLaRue 5433; F.Henderson 7739; T.Meekle?. Front row: A.Guys?; A.Mason 9015; H.Dawson 8972. All attached to the Gaming Branch.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Dodge Divisional Van outside the City Watch House Russell St, circa 1954

Photograph (Katherine Mackay)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Kath Mackay, dressed in a dark jacket and beret, taken in a parkland setting, circa 1950s

Historical information

Born in India on 10 December 1902, Kath Mackay is described on her Record of Conduct and Service as being 5' 7" tall, weighed 9 stone 4 lb and had hazel eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion. Before joining Victoria Police in April 1930 she worked in the Chief Commissioner's Office. She worked for many years at Russell Street and in 1943 attained the rank of Senior Constable, the first police woman to attain that rank. In 1956 she was the first woman promoted to Sergeant but only after a separate seniority list for women was created. Kath retired on 10 December 1961 and was later awarded a Chief Commissioner's Certificate.

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

A 1967 Holden Divisional Van, registration number JVB-464, with a siren on the bonnet and a blue light on the roof. The van windows have visible reinforcement. The photograph has been taken in a park with large trees in the background. There is no visible insignia on the car. Circa 1991

Record of Conduct and Service (Joseph Leo Nelms)

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 27/05/1914; Discharged 08/02/1915; Re-appointed 04/07/1919; Discharged 02/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 10 February 1915; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 19 February 1919

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

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Mercury registration number LJ-410, on a test drive in a Fitzroy laneway, circa 1949

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

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 (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Kawasaki W650. Rider in full wet weather gear including helmet and gloves. Circa 1960

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Wally Norton sitting in driver's seat of Holden courtesy van. Circe 1957

Patch, Police Nurse

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Shoulder patch used on registered nurse uniform. Police insignia with 'sister' above police logo.

Inscriptions & Markings

'SISTER'

Photograph (police car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Ford Anglia, registration number HEK-801, front view. Circa 1960. First station car replacing motor cycle outfits.

Carte de Visite (Joseph Ryan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Joseph Ryan a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a lightly bearded man wearing a jacket with striped colarless shirt facing right

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Honda CB 750 F2 in a driveway with a high fence and number "8" on the fence. Rider is Warwick Lesson and he is wearing a helmet, leather jacket, elbow length gloves, jodphur pants and riding boots. Circa 1980

Record of Conduct and Service (George William Waugh

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 28/09/1911; Resigned 24/03/1915 WW1 service: Enlisted 16 March 1915; Highest rank: Sergeant; Regiment: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Killed in action, France, 2 August 1916

Record of Conduct and Service (Hector Norman Ross McDonald)

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 4/03/1910; Granted leave of absence 10/08/1915; Resumed duties 10/09/1919; Retired 5/07/1946; Highest rank: Sergeant WW1 service: Enlisted 1 May 1916; Highest rank: 2nd Lieutenant; Regiment: 39th Battalion, D Company; Fate: Returned to Australia 27 May 1919; Medals: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals, Mentioned in Despatches by General D. Haig

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 (racing car)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Car with No. 11 painted on driver's door racing at Sandown. Circa 1964

Historical information

A former Police Studebaker racing at Sandown