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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'

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.

Bomb Car

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Car used in the bombing of the Russell Street Police Headquarters in 1986.

Carte de Visite - Carte de Visite James Nesbitt

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Historical information

James Nesbitt was an accomplice and companion of Andrew George Scott, also known as Captain Moonlite. Nesbitt and Moonlite met whilst serving gaol sentences in Victoria. Many claim Nesbitt and Scott were lovers. Nesbitt was killed in a shoot out with police in 1879 after the robbery of Wantabadgery Station near Wagga Wagga and a subsequent shoot out with police. He is buried in Gundagai. 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.

Carte de Visite - Carte de Visite of Patrick Mc Etheney

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small Carte de Visite featuring gold borders on card. Image has been hand coloured in the face and lips.

Historical information

This 1870s Carte de Visite depicts Patrick Mc Etheney with the inscription 'arrested 4-11-75' for the crime of recieving stolen goods. Prior to the introduction of mugshots, physical descriptions, sketches or any available portraits like this Carte de Visite were used to depict and describe people of interest.

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.

Carte de Visite (Benjamin Gould)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Benjamin Gould a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows a man with a long bushy beard wearing a jacket facing right. Man is wearing a jacket buttoned up with light coloured neck tie.

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)

Carte de Visite (Constable Fitzpatrick)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small black and white photograph showing Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick

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 (Constable Scanlan)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite of Constable Scanlan in an oval shape with corners cut off

Inscriptions & Markings

Constable Scanlan (handwritten in ink along top of photograph); Killed by Kelly Gang (written in ink along bottom)

Carte de Visite (Daniel Clancy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Daniel Clancy a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph shows a small head and shoulders portrait of a lightly bearded man in a checkered vest with patterned tie

Carte de Visite (Daniel Delany)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Daniel Delany a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows a man with a long bushy beard wearing a jacket facing right. It appears the man has a sort of comb-over hair cut to hide a balding spot

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)

Carte de Visite (Francis Harty)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Francis Harty a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows a man with a short bushy beard wearing a heavy winter coat (double breasted), facing right

Carte de Visite (Glenrowan Inn)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of the Glenrowan Inn

Carte de Visite (Glenrowan Station)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Small photograph of Glenrowan Station

Carte de Visite (Glenrowan Station)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite showing Glenrowan Station showing three men standing on the station

Inscriptions & Markings

Glenrowan Station (written in ink on rear)

Carte de Visite (Henry Perkins)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Henry Perkins a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a bearded man wearing a jacket , white shirt and short black neck tie facing left. Nose is very long and pointy.

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)

Carte de Visite (James Clancy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of James Clancy a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph shows a small head and shoulders portrait of a clean shaven man in a checkered jacket with white neck tie.

Carte de Visite (James Quinn)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of James Quinn a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a bearded man wearing a jacket, white neck tie facing right.

Carte de Visite (John Christie)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white carte de visite of Detective John Mitchell Christie

Historical information

Detective John Christie was one of Victoria's most famous detectives from 1867 to 1875. He was responsible for solving some of Victoria's most famous crimes

Carte de Visite (John Hart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of John Hart a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame showing a bearded man with jacket and vest with a white tie. Man has a heavy dark beard and is facing left.

Carte de Visite (John McElroy)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of John McElroy a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a lightly bearded man wearing a heavy jacket and vest and a neck tie with a very large check, facing right

Carte de Visite (John McMonigal)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of John (Jack) McMonigal a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a short bearded man wearing a jacket, white shirt and black tie facing left.

Carte de Visite (John Quinn)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of John Quinn a sympathiser of the Kelly Gang. Photograph is in an oval frame and shows head and shoulders of a bearded man wearing a jacket and tie facing right

Carte de Visite (John Stewart)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Black and white photograph of John Stewart 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 facing right. Hair is brushed back

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