An interesting bunch of photographs have been floating around on the web and I just had to share them.

“part of a collection of 2500 mugshots taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930 – give a fascinating glimpse into the role of women in the seedy underbelly of early 20th century Australian life”
                 ~The Daily Mail

I’m going to a couple of the most interesting ones.

Yeah, she was a bad cat, but look at those shoes!

“Fay Watson is listed in the New South Wales Police Gazette from 1928. She was arrested in a house in Crown Street, Darlinghurst, and subsequently convicted for being in possession of cocaine for which she was fined ten pound”

“Man-woman murderer: Harry Crawford, above looks like a man but her real name was Eugenia Falleni (right). She spent most of her life masquerading as a man.  In 1913 she married  widow, Annie Birkett, whom she later murdered. The case whipped the public into a frenzy as they clamoured for details of the ‘man-woman’ murderer. “



“Stealing: Doris Poole appeared before the Newtown Police Court charged with stealing jewellery and clothing. She had previously been convicted on a similar charge in North Sydney and so received a six-month sentence with light labour”
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