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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

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Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

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

Triumph, registration number BT-027, with rider wearing white helmet riding past a paling fence. Circe 1960

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Ford Customline, registration number GGD 011. Circa 1954

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Ford prison van showing insignia in the middle of the carriage section of the van. Side view. Circa 1961. Outside City Watch house

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; transport branch; wireless patrol; motor police branch; motor traffic section; chevrolet car

1951 Chevrolet, registration number PC-818

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

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police vehicles; dobell, william; ford fairlane car; accident appreciation squad

Senior Constable Bill Dobell next to a Fairlane AAS car, taken in 1961.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Ford Mercury, registration number LU-911, circa 1951

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (Arthur Herbert Foyle)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; foyle, arthur herbert 5748

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 30/05/1912; Discharged 19/08/1914 WW1 service: Imperial Reservist and recalled to his Regiment, The Hampshire Regiment 54th Division; Highest rank: Lance Corporal; Regiment: 1st/8th Hampshires (TF); Fate: Killed in action, Palestine, 19 April 1917

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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Letter (London Fifty)

Key words

london fifty
henry pewtress
metropolitan police
kelly gang
stringybark creek
police murders
mansfield

Handwritten list of the London Fifty names on light blue lined paper in black ink.

Inscriptions & Markings

Left London December 22 (about) 1852. Sailed from Plymouth per ship Earl Grey about 1 January 1853. Arrived in Victoria about 7th May 1853

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

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Bomb Car

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

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 with police banner and megaphone on top of car. Registration number HDW 041. Uniformed policeman standing behind open passenger door. Circa 1959

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Ford Anglia, registration number HEK-801, with van in background, registration number CGU-705. Circa 1960

Historical information

The first Ford Anglia in service. Issued to station to replace the motor cycle side car outfits. For patrol and general duties.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; prison van

Inside of a prison van. The van is in a state of disrepair. Circa 1950s

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; motor transport section; holden car

Holden station car outside a residential property. Constable William Robertson of Kew in the driver's seat. Circa 1965

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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Certificate (Henry Pewtress)

Key words

london fifty
henry pewtress
metropolitan police
kelly gang
stringybark creek
police murders
mansfield

Melbourne General Cemetery Certificate of Right of Burial for Henry Pewtress dated March 1896

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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Oral history - Senior Sergeant Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows

Key words

police woman
police women
policewoman
oral history
paffett
fyfe
meadows
victoria police

Digital archive of oral history of former police women Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows (nee Fyfe). Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows (nee Fyfe) are former police women. Joan Paffett was Senior Sergeant 15275. During her service she supervised other police women, including the all female squad in the early 1970s. Edna Meadows, registered number 15484, began her career as a nurse but later joined Victoria Police. Both women were the only women in their squads and began their careers with the Women Police Division at Russell St. In this interview they discuss their experiences joining the force and training

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

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Ford Mercury V8 patrol car registration number LJ-410, test drive on Ormond Point beach, circa 1949

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles
transport branch
wireless patrol
motor police branch
motor traffic section
ford car
police women
police woman
policewomen
policewoman

Four uniformed women standing beside a Ford, circa 1953

Inscriptions & Markings

'1953 Ford. Val Jones'

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section;motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; harley davidson motorcycle; brown, alf; mumford, charles

Harley Davidsons, registration number 6-302 ridden by Alf Brown and registration number 6-619 ridden by Charles Mumford. Circa 1947

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

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

Motorbike with side car and man standing in front with gun drawn. Circa 1920s

Historical information

Motor Cycle Patrol in the 1920's showing policeman pointing a pistol

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

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police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; bsa a10 motorcycle; porter, frank

Frank Porter's grandson lying on a stationery BSA A10 wearing a helmet

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Record of Conduct and Service (Albert Arthur Russell)

Key words

world war 1, 1914-1915; victoria police; russell, albert arthur 6050

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; Granted leave October 1915; Resumed duties September 1919; Discharged 1/11/1923 (Police Strike) WW1 service: Enlisted 2 October 1915; Highest rank: Gunner; Regiment: 4th Field Artillery Brigade; Fate: Returned to Australia 3 May 1919; Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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

Seven Ariel Square Fours lined up bearing flags with crown and Southern Cross, with riders standing beside their bikes. Circa 1956

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; transport; motor police branch; daimler car; wireless patrol

Wireless Patrol members circa 1930

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Andy Shaw, Chas Murray?, Supt. Rear: Syd Guest

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 900 motorcycle

Nine Honda 900s in a V formation with one back in the centre of the V, at the rear of formation, and the city skyline in the background. Circa 1981

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

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

Fleet of twelve Studebaker Wireless Patrol cars. Circa 1963

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; transport; motor police branch; daimler car; wireless patrol

Driver and patrol leader seated in front of Daimler. Bill Black seated in passenger seat. Circa 1928

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police motorcycle)

Key words

police vehicles; wireless patrol; motor transport branch; motor transport section; motor cycle patrol; police motorcycles; brough superior motorcycle; mumford, charles; capper, ken

Brough Superior, registration number 24-971, with Charles Mumford riding and Ken Capper in side car. Madeline St., Preston. Circa 1942

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Photograph (police car)

Key words

police vehicles; motor transport branch; motor transport section; russell street

Buses in Russell Street garage. Circa 1969

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands