Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Queensland Police Museum

Queensland Police Museum - Police Bike
The Queensland Police Museum is located on the ground floor of the Queensland Police Headquarters, at 200 Roma Street. Two of the museums key aims are promoting the Queensland Police Service and preserving its history and heritage. The museum has a variety of displays on police heritage, Queensland crimes, police investigative techniques, medals, police women, operational equipment and transport, amongst others. It is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm weekdays, with the occasional Sunday opening. Entry is free.

Queensland Police Museum - Pokie MachineProviding an education program for both primary and secondary students, the museum can be quite busy during certain times of the day. You can participate in forensic science and crime solving sessions, and there is even a mock courtroom. There is also a research library at the facility which can source and produce the service history for any Queensland Police officer who served between 1864 and 1940. I like that they have a 1930's poker machine on display, although I doubt it still works!

Queensland Police Museum - Betty Shanks Murder
Some of the more chilling displays involve infamous Brisbane crimes, and real murder cases. One that struck me was the unsolved murder case of Betty Shanks, a young woman who was killed in the early 1950's. Still unsolved, the story remains one of Brisbane's most significant murder mysteries. Perhaps someone who visits the museum will have their memory sparked and may be able to shed some more light on the case, 50 years on.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

Jodi said...

Now THAT looks like it would be right up my alley, what a cool museum! I would love to go and look at that CSI crime stuff. Poor Ms Shanks, I hope they can catch her killer someday.