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James Morton will give a fascinating talk at the Justice and Police Museum this Saturday, March 26, from 2 pm. Picking up where Crooks like us left off, Morton reveals the antics of some of Australia’s greatest criminal exports as they worked their trade in England and Europe. Morton met author Peter Doyle at the […]

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Tilly Devine stares out from this image taken upon her entry to gaol. She was an incredibly successful villain who, along with her nemesis Kate Leigh, ruled the inner city vice trade for almost 20 years. Tilly began her criminal career as a teenage prostitute on the streets of London. She toughened up quickly in […]

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Jean

Jean McDonald was a fraudster and confidence trickster. She looks drab and resentful here but her sob stories were ambitious, florid and well-told. Through 1923-24 she methodically extracted money and favours from a gullible Randwick benefactress with tales of heroic war service, sick children and missing husbands. When she needed to up the narrative ante […]

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Prisoner identification photographs make up many of the earliest negatives in the collection. Photographed in various institutions across New South Wales the negatives usually record a full frontal and profile view of the prisoner. Assistant Curator Nerida Campbell’s current research centers on retelling the stories surrounding women convicted on a range of offences who served […]

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Photographed 27 November, 1919 at the State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay . FP07_0215_005 Many criminals give false personal information to police in the hope that their previous convictions will not be discovered. Jean Harris used a large number of aliases that included the names Emma Rolfe, May Mulholland and Eileen Woods.  She sometimes successfully […]

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