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Category Archive for 'New South Wales Police'

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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Arianne Martin, Publicity Assistant with the Historic Houses Trust, recently interviewed Caleb Williams and Holly Schulte, the curators of a new Archive Gallery show presenting the work of retired police photographer, Walter Tuchin. Arianne: This exhibition is the first time the museum has focused on the work of a single crime scene photographer, as opposed […]

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The archive reveals many aspects of daily life interrupted by terror or misfortune. The form of the archive is almost as diverse as the subject matter it depicts, comprising numerous media types ranging from large-format glass plate negatives to small, curling photographic prints. My mind often turns to the specifics of the camera and darkroom […]

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