Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Exhibition Overview


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Richard Dennis, special photograph number 1677, 31 May 1928, probably Central Police Station, Sydney.

Exhibition on now at the Museum of Sydney

Descend into Sydney’s seedy underworld in our new photographic exhibition revealing the dark side of the Roaring Twenties.

Explore more than 130 candid and compelling mugshots taken by New South Wales Police between 1920 and 1930. Known as the ‘Specials’, they are unlike any found elsewhere in the world.

Immerse yourself in all things Underworld with the stunning accompanying book and an exciting line-up of talks, tours and more.

(Photo: Courtesy of Museum of Sydney, New South Wales Police Forensic Photography Archive, Sydney Living Museums)

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