The Classy Mug Shot, circa 1924

Clockwise: Thomas Bede, suborning a witness, 1928; Hampton Hirscham, Cornellius Joseph Keevil, William Thomas O’Brien and James O’Brien, burglary, 1921; Valerie Lowe, stealing a saddle and bridle, 1922; Sydney Skukerman, fraud, 1924

Here’s a collection of mug shots from the New South Wales Police Department in Australia taken between 1910 and 1930.

As curator Peter Doyle explains, an anonymous photographer working in Sydney’s Central Police Station took the photos of “men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension.”

More photos are available here and the complete collection is on display at the Sydney Justice & Police Museum.

article-2129646-129751C8000005DC-971_964x697Sidney Kelly stares remorselessly in his mugshot from June 25, 1924. He had regular run-ins with police, who described him as an ‘Illicit drug trader’ who ‘drives his own motor car, and dresses well’

article-2129646-129600EA000005DC-666_964x600Well-heeled: Hampton Hirscham, Cornellius Joseph Keevil, William Thomas O’Brien and James O’Brien were arrested after a bookmakers was robbery.

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Burglar Valerie Lowe had her mugshot taken on February 15, 1922

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Low-life crook: Thiefs such as Frederick Edward Davies, pictured on July 14, 1921, were held in such low regard by police that they were photographed in front of the toilets

—C.B.S.

 

 

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