The tale of Mrs Dorothy Mort

March 12, 2014 at 10:33 am
Mug shot of convicted murderer Dorothy Mort, 16 OCTOBER 1929

DOROTHY MORT, CRIMINAL RECORD NUMBER 773LB, 16 OCTOBER 1929.

Mrs Dorothy Mort was having an affair with dashing young doctor Claude Tozer.

On 21 December 1920 Tozer visited her home with the intention of breaking off the relationship. Mort shot him dead before attempting to commit suicide. Aged 32. She was released from gaol shortly after this photograph was taken and disappeared from the public eye.

Part of an archive of forensic photography created by the NSW Police between 1912 and 1964. Visit more images online.

E. Walker, Criminal Record Number 605LB

February 19, 2014 at 10:00 am
Mug Shot of e. Walker circa 1923

E. WALKER, CRIMINAL RECORD NUMBER 605LB, 12 NOVEMBER 1923. STATE REFORMATORY FOR WOMEN

E. WALKER, CRIMINAL RECORD NUMBER 605LB, 12 NOVEMBER 1923. STATE REFORMATORY FOR WOMEN, LONG BAY, NSW

No information about E. Walker has been found. She may have been a vagrant: her clothes are dirty, she wears what appear to be army boots and her head has been shaved to eradicate head lice. Part of an archive of forensic photography created by the NSW Police between 1912 and 1964.

New South Wales. Dept. of Prisons | Glass plate negative: b& w; 4.75 x 6.5

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Henry Pierce, special photograph number D95

January 30, 2014 at 10:00 am
Mug Shot of Henry Pierce, special photograph number D95, 12 August 1929, Central Police Station, Sydney

Henry Pierce, special photograph number D95, 12 August 1929, Central Police Station, Sydney

 

Henry Pierce was arrested in the same raid as Patsy Neill. Police said that Pierce acted as offsider and bodyguard to cocaine seller Marie Elliott. Pierce, from Balmain in Sydney, had prior form for safe breaking and wife desertion. His occupation was listed as masseur, and police records noted that he sometimes worked with theatrical companies. Pierce claimed that the arresting police had hit him in the face and broken his nose.

Albert Stewart Warnkin and Adolf Gustave Beutler, 18 October 1920

January 22, 2014 at 10:00 am
Mug shot of Albert Stewart Warnkin and Adolf Gustave Beutler, 18 October 1920, Central Police Station, Sydney.

Mug shot of Albert Stewart Warnkin and Adolf Gustave Beutler, 18 October 1920, Central Police Station, Sydney.

Special Photograph no. 218. Albert Stewart Warnkin is listed in the NSW Police Gazette of 10 November 1920, as charged with attempting to carnally know a girl eight years old. No entry is found for Beutler, whose picture is inscribed ‘wilful and obscene exposure’.

This picture is one of a series of around 2500 “special photographs” taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These “special photographs” were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station

Peter Doyle explains “Their photographic identity seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics.”

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Skukerman

January 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Mug shot of Sydney Skukerman, or Skukarman, 25 September 1924, Central Police Station, Sydney

Mug shot of Sydney Skukerman, or Skukarman, 25 September 1924, Central Police Station, Sydney

Special Photograph no. 17A. An entry in the Supplement to the NSW Police Gazette Sydney for Skukerman, (alias Kukarman, alias Cecil Landan) is captioned ‘obtains goods from warehousemen by falsely representing that he is in business’.

Mug shot of Giuseppe Mammone

January 14, 2014 at 10:00 am
Mug shot of iuseppe Mammone, 15 February 1930

iuseppe Mammone, 15 February 1930

Special Photograph no. 1916. Although labelled ‘G Mammona’, the mug shot shows Giuseppe Mammone, who was presumably interviewed and photographed in connection with the stabbing murder of Domenico Belle on Newtown Station, on the morning of 11 February 1930. Earlier that day Belle had attempted to collect a debt of 15 pounds from Mammone, who ran a barbershop in Leichhardt. It was revealed at the coronial enquiry that Mammone had previously served time in Buffalo, New York, for manslaughter. Newspaper stories of the time repeatedly refer to Mammone as the main suspect in the case, although he was not charged.

This picture is one of a series of around 2500 “special photographs” taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These “special photographs” were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Doyle explains, of “men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension.

Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, “the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed – perhaps invited – to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics.”

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Patsy Neill

December 26, 2013 at 10:00 am
Mug Shot of Patsy Neil, 30 Jan 1930

Patsy Neill, criminal record number 781LB, 30 January 1930. State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW

Charged with theft and possession of cocaine. Barmaid Patsy Neill was involved in various criminal activities including theft and selling cocaine. In 1932 she had a disagreement over money with the infamous sly grogger Kate Leigh, which led to Neill being threatened with a gun. Neill was described in the press as ‘looking like a mannequin on parade’. Aged 26. Part of an archive of forensic photography created by the NSW Police between 1912 and 1964.

First published in Femme fatale : the female criminal, Nerida Campbell, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 2008. pp 124-125
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Mug shot of Emma Rolfe

December 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
Mug Shot of Emma Rolfe 1920

Special Photograph no. 126. Emma Rolfe

Emma Rolfe better known as May Mulholland (also as Sybil White, Jean Harris and Eileen Mulholland) had numerous convictions in the period 1919-1920 for theft of jewellery and clothing from various houses around Kensington and Randwick, and from city shops.

She appears as a mature woman in the NSW Criminal Register of 5 December 1934. By that time she is well known for shoplifting valuable furs and silks from city department stores. ‘When subjected to interrogation by Police who are not acquainted with her character’, the entry notes, ‘she strongly protests her innocence, and endeavours to repress her interviewers by stating she will seek the advice of her solicitor.’

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A sweat-stained hat

December 2, 2013 at 9:35 am
Man's sweat-stained hat circa 1928

A sweat-stained hat.

Man’s sweat-stained hat, presumably evidence in a criminal matter, atop boxes of police negatives. Location and details unknown, but possibly CIB, Sydney, around 1928.

 

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George Whitehall: Special Photograph no. 1092.

November 26, 2013 at 9:30 am
Mug shot of George Whitehall, 24 February 1922

Mug shot of George Whitehall, 24 February 1922, possibly rear of Newtown Police Station.

Special Photograph no. 1092. George Whitehall, carpenter, handed himself into Newtown police after hacking to death his common-law wife, Ida Parker on Thursday afternoon 21 February 1922, at their home in Pleasant Avenue, Erskineville. This photo was apparently taken the following morning at Newtown Police Station.

Guest curator and author Peter Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, “the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed – perhaps invited – to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics.”

 

See this image in the Pictures catalogue.