Sydney police mugshots, 1912-1930




sydney police mugshots crime scene

sydney police mugshots crime scene vintage retro

Sidney Kelly. Murder, assault, drugs, pimping.

sydney police mugshots crime scene vintage retro

F. Murray. A burglar who spent his ill gotten gains on booze and prostitutes.

sydney police mugshots crime scene retro vintage

Walter smith. Street robber.

syndey police photos crime scene mugshots retro vintage

S. Skukerman. Fraudster.


H. Ellis. Crime boss. Incited gang members to commit his crimes.

6×4 glass plate negatives

(via vintagephoto)

Some more info. And a New York crime scene photo I posted a while back.

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11 Responses to Sydney police mugshots, 1912-1930

  1. Rattling On says:

    Wow, these are so good. Do you know what they’d been had for? Poor May Russell, so frightened and caught for eternity with dreadful hat-hair to boot.
    I adore portraits in all forms, and such atmospheric ones are a real find.

  2. Enrico says:

    LOVE these photos! That last dude looks pretty bad-a.
    I love when you post old photos btw.

  3. Milo says:

    Rattling On – glad you liked them! I have now added the crimes (where known) based on the source page I found them on.

    Enrico – thank you!

  4. Rattling On says:

    Gangs, drugs, pimps and murder…100 years and what’s changed!?!

  5. Milo says:

    Rattling On – my thoughts exactly!!

  6. josh says:

    The last guy has the most terrifying eyes I have ever seen! The guy right above him looks like a dorkmaster nerdfestival! You know he was someone’s wiener-smoker in the big house!

  7. Milo says:

    Josh – yeh, he does look kind of scary I agree. And the guy above him certainly does look nerdy! The class swot who fell in with a bad crowd I think!

  8. colleen says:

    Wish I could manage portraits like these. Maybe I’m not mixing with the right kind of people.

  9. Milo says:

    Colleen – I know what you mean!

  10. chi says:

    superb photographs..i wish mugshots now would look like that, i’d be willing to pose for it🙂

  11. hibby says:

    Any idea as to what type of camera was used?

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