policemuseum.vic.gov.au

The collection housed in the Police Museum includes artefacts from the present day back to Melbourne's earliest days in the 1800s.

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 at www.victoriancollections.net.au


Collection highlights

Stringybark Creek and 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 unique insights into the story of the Kelly Gang and the impact the 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, the sole surviving witness to the police murders by the Kelly 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
Photo of the Kelly Gang's armour
Ned Kelly's armour
Photo of Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly

Constable Thomas McIntyre’s manuscript

Constable Thomas McIntyre, the sole surviving witness to the murder of his three colleagues at Stringybark Creek on October 26 1878 by the Kelly Gang, 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 The unpublished manuscript details his eye-witness description of the murders and his encounters with Ned Kelly over the course of the following years.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.

Photo of Constable Thomas McIntyre
Constable Thomas McIntyre

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. The records include personal details, information on rank, where the officer was 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 digitized.

Photo of Constable Thomas McIntyre's record of police service from 1881
Thomas McIntyre's 1881 record of service

Photographs

The Museum archive contains a large collection of photographs that document a wide range of subjects across the history of Victoria Police.

Images include:

  • pictures of police stations
  • historic portraits of police members
  • images of police cars and transport
  • crime-scene photographs
  • historical imagery of policing in Victoria

A large portion of this collection has been digitized.

Photo of the old Russell Street Police Headquarters
Russell St Police Headquarters

History of policing

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

Photo of old Black Bobby police helmet from 1877
1877 Black Bobby helmet

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.

Photo of a man using the fingerprint brush powdering technique
Fingerprint brush powdering technique

Forensic evidence

The Museum collection includes forensic evidence from major crime cases in Melbourne.

Examples include:

  • the car used in the Russell St bombing in 1986
  • the shotgun and cartridges from the Walsh St police murders
  • a weapons used by Julian Knight in the Hoddle St 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.


Reviewed 09 December 2018