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Category Archive for 'Negative Archive'

A 1950s kitchen

The term ‘1950s kitchen’ conjures up a vision of shiny surfaces, labour saving appliances and endless, seamless bench space. Advertisements tell us this space is populated by an enchanting young woman with immaculate hair who, with housewifely care, protects her gown with a sweet little apron. It is a space where the twin virtues of […]

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This quirky photograph has been inscribed with the words “Traffic signals vehicle or car 472”. In 1921 the need to regulate traffic saw the introduction of hand signals for motorists when stopping or turning. By 1924 the use of these hand signals had became compulsory. Presumably police used this image for demonstrations or when instructing […]

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The policing of traffic became more sophisticated in November 1954 when Sydney police first introduced radar sets for the detection of speeding vehicles. The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) scientists designed the sets, which reportedly cost 600 pounds each ($17,855 today). Two officers were required to operate the radar: there was a detection […]

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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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The Archive Gallery has been transformed for the archive’s latest offering Collision: misadventure by motor car. This exhibition presents previously unseen traffic accident photographs taken by police between 1920 and 1964. Recent research on the archive reveals that after the mid-1940s the police approach to photographing accident sites becomes more comprehensive – expanding from one […]

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