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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

Contact

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)

Key words

police vehicles; daimler car; motor police branch; transport; russell street headquarters

A 1926 Daimler Wireless Patrol with registration number 22967 leaving Russell Street police station with car registration number 19235 behind. The first car was Daimler #4 and the second shown was Daimler #1. Leaving the South Gate into Russell St.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Hotchkiss Patrol Car driven by Harry Rand. Two other cars appear in photo with a group of fourteen unidentified men, circa 1922

Inscriptions & Markings

Hotchkiss March 1922 at Warragul

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record (James Joseph McKnight)

Key words

english speaking prisoner
james joseph mcknight
shooting with intent

Prison record forJames Joseph McKnight, prisoner registered number 34233, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

In December 1915 James McKnight was chased through the back streets of Fitzroy chased by Constables Preece and Phalp. McKnight, who had two American large calibre revolvers, shot repeatedly at the police, who returned fire. McKnight was finally apprehended after a struggle in which both constables were injured

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (Victoria Police Group Photo) - Police Officers group in depot

Key words

poulter, william
william arthur poulter
victoria police museum
dwyer, p. j.
police officers

Black and white photograph mounted on light brown frame. 4 Police Officers in 1920s uniform pose in uniforms with helmets. Standfing in a terrace with an open brick house with windows and a set of stairs on the background. On the right is William Arthur Poulter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: ON THE RIGHT SIDE // 8060 // W.A. POULTER Stamp: PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN // AT YOUR OWN HOME // P. J. DWYER // Onr. Harding & Salisbury Sts. // COBURG // PHOTOGRAPHS COPIED // AND ENLARGED

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; motor transport section; brawler van

International police brawler van showing insignia on side door. 'Police' sign is inverted. Circa 1961

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; motor transport section;

Truck from side view with police insignia on cab door in public garden space with a transmission tower in the background. Circa 1961

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; holden car

Holden pursuit car, circa 2010

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; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; holden courtesy van

Holden courtesy van, registration number HEE-747, with damage to right hand passenger's door, right hand wheel, front panel and bumper. Circa 1960

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Studebaker at night, registration number HYN-707

Inscriptions & Markings

Studebaker V8 Wireless Patrol car

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; police motorcycles; coventry eagle motorcycles

Coventry Eagle motorcycles, registration numbers 29722, 29712, 29715, 29707. Each motorcycle has a driver and some have pillion passengers in side cars. Drivers are dressed in heavy leather overcoats and hats. Circa 1928

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Carte de Visite (Ted Monk)

Key words

ned kelly
edward kelly
kelly gang
police murders
edward monk
ted monk

A small black and white photograph of Mr Monk showing his head and shoulders in an oval frame. Man is shown with beard and moustache facing towards the right side

Inscriptions & Markings

Mr Monk Saw Mill (in ink under photograph)

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 motorcycles

Motorcycle Patrol riding BMWs in V format through a park with activities on the oval in the background. Riders are wearing helmets and white elbow length gloves. Circa 1963

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 motorcycle

Ariel with rider, registration number 67-039. Circa 1947

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record (Myrtle McDonald)

Key words

myrtle mcdonald
female prisoner
english speaking prisoner
forgery

Prison record for Myrtle McDonald, prisoner registered number 730, giving details of the prisoner, her crimes and the dates and places of her trials.

Historical information

Myrtle McDonald, in company with Robert Roberts, was accused of passing forged five pound notes in Carlton, August 1916.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Letter

Key words

thomas mcintyre
kelly gang
stringybark creek

Hand written letter dated 18 December 1868 addressed to Thomas McIntyre from the local board of the Provincial School of Red Bank.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (Steve Hart)

Key words

kelly gang
bushrangers
steve hart
glenrowan
stringybark creek
police murders

Black and white studio photograph showing a standing Steve Hart.

Inscriptions & Markings

Steve Hart one of the Kelly Gang. Killed in an encounter with the Police at Glenrowan 28 June 1880 (on rear in ink)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Police Stations (Altona)

Key words

police stations; altona police station

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (John Lynn Henderson)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; henderson, john lynn 5952

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: 20/11/1913; Resigned 12/10/1915; Re-joined: 24/06/1919; Discharged: 3/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted: 28 January 1916; Highest rank: Gunner: Regiment: Australian Army Ordnance Corps; Fate: Returned to Australia: 5 April 1919

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (Joseph Leo Nelms)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; nelms, joseph leo 6008

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Carte de Visite (Kelly armour)

Key words

police murders
kelly gang
ned kelly
edward kelly
bushrangers
glenrowan

Small black and white photograph of Kelly Armour set out with torso sections separated. Helmet is in the middle with pistol in the foreground

Inscriptions & Markings

Kelly Armour (under photograph in ink)

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (Thomas Clinton Gunn)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; gunn, thomas clinton 5506

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 30/09/1909; Resigned 3/07/1915; Reinstated 18/08/1919; Resigned 18/02/1942; Highest rank: Sergeant WW1 service: Enlisted: 28 June1915; Highest rank: Corporal; Regiment: 4th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Returned to Australia 15 May 1919; Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Carte de Visite (Joseph Ryan)

Key words

joseph ryan
kelly sympathiser
kelly gang
edward kelly
ned kelly

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Prison record (William Gruner)

Key words

english speaking prisoner
william gruner
robert walker
manslaughter

Prison record for William Gruner, prisoner registered number 34611, giving details of the prisoner, his crimes and the dates and places of his trials.

Historical information

In May 1917 William Gruner, a soldier, was with a group of people drinking at the Prince of Wales hotel in Richmond. After the group left the hotel, Gruner returned and stabbed the licensee, Robert Walker, with a military service knife. Walker was a former policeman. Gruner was charged with manslaughter.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Ford Customline vehicle at the Croydon rail bridge on Mt Dandenong Rd in front of sign for Tate's Motors Croydon. Uniformed police is standing on the passenger side with the door open. Circa 1957

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; police motorcycles, studebaker car

Police motorcycles on parade through town lead out by Studebaker registration number JFE-750. Circa 1964

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (Reuben Pierce Penna)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police, penna, reuben pierce 5629

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 03/04/1911; Discharged 08/09/1914; Re-appointed 04/01/1922; Died 24/11/1923 from injuries received when hit by a tram WW1 service: Enlisted 7 September 1914; Highest rank: Captain; Regiment: Australian Provost Corps; Fate: Discharged 3 January 1920; Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

A woman being helped out of a Ford Customline police car by a First Constable on the left and a sergeant on the right, holding out his hand.

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 and side view. Circa 1991

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; motor transport section; holden courtesy van

Holden courtesy van, registration number JGE-028. Circa 1965. Taken at Dawson St.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands