Chemistry lab

Chemistry lab at the State Forensic Science Laboratory.

Crime Scenes

Kensington Post Office

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Monday 30 November 1936, page 11

armed bandit



South Melbourne Murder

Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), Saturday 9 June 1934, page 7

woman murdered



Shooting at Highett Railway Station

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Friday 30 December 1932, page 13

in self defence


Detective Frederick Hobley and Ballistics

Hobley Frederick

In the early twentieth century Victorian police used gunsmiths for ballistic analysis. Donald McIntosh of Bourke Street and Clift's of Little Bourke Street in particular were often consulted. These men identified mechanical defects and judged whether or not suspected firearms had been fired.

The science of comparative ballistics was not yet used by Victorian Police. Frederick Hobley in the 1930s became Victoria Police's ballistics expert and photographer. In 1938 Victoria purchased a moving picture camera and comparison, binocular and monocular microscopes, signaling their entrance into the use of modern ballistics.

Read pages from Frederick Hobley's Record of Conduct and Service.

Hobley Frederick p3


Hobley Frederick p4


Hobley Frederick p9


A Pioneer of Forensic Science

Read selected pages from Detective Frederick Piggott's Record of Conduct of Service.

records of conduct and service 1

records of conduct and service 3


records of conduct and service 12


Punch Cartoons

In September 1921, the illustrated magazine Punch did a two-page spread featuring Victoria Police detectives. See anyone familiar?