The Museum’s collection contains artefacts from the 1800s to the present day that reflect the diversity of Victoria’s policing and criminal history. The collection includes: two sets of original Kelly Gang armour; police uniforms and equipment; police medals; convict registers; prisoner records; mug-shots; crime scene photographs; confiscated weapons; police motorcycles; a bomb disposal robot and forensic evidence.

In order to make the collections of Victoria Police as accessible as possible, the Museum is contributing to the Victorian Collections project - an online catalogue that can be accessed by anybody.

Search selected items in our collection here: www.victoriancollections.net.au

 

Collection Highlights

Victoria Police Records of Conduct and Service

Records of Conduct and Service detail the particulars of a police officer’s career during their employment with Victoria Police. They include personal details, information on rank, where they were stationed and comments from superior officers. The Museum holds the Records of Conduct and Service for Victoria Police from 1855 to 1989. Records dating to 1956 have been digitised.

Photographs

The Museum archive contains a large collection of photographs that document a wide range of subjects across the history of Victoria Police. Examples include: images of police stations; portraits of police members; images of police cars and transport; crime scene photographs and historical imagery of policing in Victoria.  A large portion of this collection has been digitised.

History of Policing

With a collection of uniforms, equipment and examples of official documents and correspondence used by police, the Museum collection provides a comprehensive overview of the history of policing since the formation of Victoria Police in 1853.

Constable Thomas McIntyre’s Manuscript

Sole surviving witness to the murder of his three colleagues at Stringybark Creek on October 26 1878 by the Kelly Gang, Constable Thomas McIntyre spent much of his life coming to terms with what he’d witnessed. Retiring from the police force at the young age of 35 due to ill health, McIntyre wrote what could be considered the first history of the Kelly Gang. The un-published manuscript details his eyewitness description of the murders and his encounters with Ned Kelly over the course of the following years.

Click on the links below to download sections of the McIntyre Manuscript.

Prisoner Records

The Museum holds a series of more than 1000 prisoner records dating from the mid 1800s to the early twentieth century. The records detail prisoners who served time in gaols such as Pentridge Prison, the female Prison in Coburg and Geelong Gaol for numerous offences including assault, theft, false pretences, resisting arrest, obscene language, insulting behaviour, robbery and murder.

Technology

The Museum’s technology collection includes speed radar guns, a bomb disposal robot, modes of transport such as bicycles and motorcycles, cameras, Morse code transmitters and scientific technology relating to specialist areas such as fingerprinting.

 

 

Forensic Evidence

The Museum collection includes forensic evidence from a number of major crime cases in Melbourne.  Examples include: the car used in the Russell Street bombing in 1986; the shotgun and cartridges from the Walsh Street police murders and one of the weapons used by Julian Knight in the Hoddle Street murders. Demonstrating how police and forensic services specialists solve crimes these objects are also powerful reminders of the traumatic events police encounter as part of their job.

The Kelly Gang

The experiences of Victoria Police involved in events relating to the Kelly Gang are rarely heard, yet their stories are integral to understanding what has become a tale of mythic proportions in Australian history. The Museum’s collection of Kelly artefacts reveals new insights into the history of the Kelly Gang and the impact their crimes had on both local communities and police in the north east of Victoria in the 1870s and 80s. Read moving police telegrams describing the discovery of Sergeant Kennedy’s body after he was shot dead by the Gang in 1878; learn about Constable Thomas McIntyre, sole surviving witness to the police murders by the Gang; view two original sets of the iconic armour worn by Dan Kelly and Steve Hart; see Ned Kelly’s blood-stained cartridge bag that was recovered after the siege at Glenrowan.

Kelly Armour

The collection includes two sets of original Kelly Gang armour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police Records
Photographs
History of Policing
Thomas McIntyre.jpg

The un-published manuscript of Constable Thomas McIntyre details his eyewitness description of the police murders at Stringybark Creek by the Kelly Gang.

Forensic Evidence

Ned Kelly's Colt Percussion Revolver.

 

Prisoner Records
Technology

Crime scene image of Walsh Street Police murders.

Kelly Gang

See Ned Kelly’s blood-stained cartridge bag that was recovered after the siege at Glenrowan.