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Feb. 7th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
Wonder the stories behind those people, some of whom look like they're at a party, and then there's that woman with bowed head and clenched hands.
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
And how proud some of them look! And how determined some of them are to look threatening and tough. You'd think that, being in a police station, they'd want to act all innocent, but it's not so.
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
3) Dirk DeTurck ....WTH?

7) Why, why, why don't they have their crimes listed? Those are some great and crazy eyed criminals
Feb. 7th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
They might be listed in the book. I dunno.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
These are all from the Justice and Police Museum archives here in Sydney, from two exhibitions a couple of years ago. Info for each photo is listed at the back of the book, but the thing about these photos (which are a combination of forensics and the "Special Collection" which helped police recognise professional criminals by sight) is that the glass plate negatives became separated from the case notes etc and all those records were destroyed in a flood in the late 1980s. If the name on the photo doesn't appear in court records/newspapers/the police gazette, the image is all the story there is.

There's another book by the same curator which focuses on the Special Collection (Crooks Like Us), with more information about the individuals photographed and the criminal milieu of 1920s Sydney.
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting know! The images are pretty compelling.
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Feb. 9th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Coincidently I was reading about the next instalment of the very popular, in Oz, true crime drama series' Underbelly. The first season dealt with drug war in the late 1990s that left about 30 people dead. There were a couple more seasons but the upcoming, this year, series/season is about the organised crime razor gangs of the 1920s in Sydney. Probably a dramatisation that may include some of the people in the photos.
Wiki on the razor gangs is here
If you're interested in brilliant dramatisation of true crime I highly recommend the first season of Underbelly on DVD. It couldn't be shown/sold in the state of Victoria when it first came out a couple of years ago because some of the criminals were still being tried.
Feb. 10th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'll definitely keep an eye out for it.
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    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
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  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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