Vintage Mugshots Of Australian Career Criminals

Image: NSW Police Force/Justice & Police Museum

Few things are as unsettling as staring into the eyes of a hardened criminal. Check out these early-20th-century mugshots of Australian felons, whose expressions will send a shiver down your spine. Take this character – one William Stanley Moore – who was arrested by the NSW Police Force for dealing bogus cocaine and opium on Sydney’s waterfront. He’s dapper, sure, but you wouldn’t want to mess with him.

Image: NSW Police Force/Justice & Police Museum

Moore’s mugshot, and the portraits of hundreds of other criminals, come from the NSW Police Forensic Archive. In the 1920s officers began using a camera – which back then was brand-new technology – to catalog the criminals they arrested. This guy, burglar Frank Murray, ended up being sentenced to a year of hard labor.

The NSW Police Force took approximately 2,500 mugshots between 1910 and 1930. These sharp-looking men were apprehended following a police raid on a property that harbored criminals. Raymond Neil, second from the left, was known as “Gaffney the Gunman.”

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT