Disorderly Persons

March 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
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Guest Curator and author Peter Doyle, talks through some of the stories behind faces in the City of Shadows.  In this interview we look at how a couple of cross dressing criminals took advantage of visit servicemen in Sydney.

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Hurlstone Park Murder

January 2, 2014 at 10:00 am
Domestic interior, showing kitchen, sink, mugs and utensils, inscribed "Hurlstone Park Murder 1074".

Domestic interior, showing kitchen, sink, mugs and utensils, inscribed “Hurlstone Park Murder 1074”.

On the morning of 3 November 1928 a neighbour burst into the kitchen of a cottage in Hurlstone Park, Sydney to find Lucy Priscilla Brock dead on the floor with a cut throat and Henry Loftus Brock lying on a chair, with a gash in his throat but alive. Brock claimed they had been attacked by an unknown intruder. A coronial inquiry later found that Brock, who had become increasingly paranoid in his last few months, had killed his wife and had died from pneumonia, primarily caused by a self-inflicted knife wound.

 

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The Big Smoke

October 21, 2013 at 10:00 am
Streetscape, scene of accident involving two trucks, corner Balfour and Meagher Streets, Chippendale, early 1940s.

Streetscape, scene of accident involving two trucks, corner Balfour and Meagher Streets, Chippendale, early 1940s.

Author Peter Doyle shares some of his favourite images from the City of Shadows book.

In this interview Doyle talks through some of the intricacies associated in the detail of the police forensic photographs from Sydney’s streets in the 1940s.

This particular image was shot was taken at the scene of an accident involving two trucks, corner Balfour and Meagher Streets, in Chippendale. It’s just one of series of images taken by the police investigators at the scene during that time, and provides a great insight into what life was like in the big smoke.

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The ‘special photographs’

July 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

This collection of portraits on around 2500 glass plate negatives (plus some cellulose negatives) documenting police suspects, offenders and detainees was created by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and the early 1930s. Designated ‘special photographs’, to distinguish them from the genre of prison mug shots, they 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’. Continue reading →