The National Archives of Australia opened an exhibition in June I had planned on getting to, but I didn’t get there before lockdown started, so I guess I missed my chance (scheduled to finish Oct 24th).
Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties looks at the darker side of the 1920s through photos and stories.
What is fascinating is that in what apparently was an internationally unique move, the Sydney police photographers of the time took candid mugshot photos of suspects to try and help avoid prejudice when investigating the case further. So drug dealers, sly-grog purveyors and small-time criminals were photographed as if they were sitting for a portrait.
I think the stories behind them must be fascinating. My only hope is that the exhibition is extended once lockdown ends. Have you ever seen mugshots like this?