City of Shadows – Notorious Criminals Mugshots – 5 magnet set
5 magnet set, featuring mugshots of Sydney's most notorious criminals.
The images are taken from a series of around 2500 'special photographs' taken by NSW Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These glass plate photographs were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station, Sydney, and are of men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the drama surrounding their apprehension.
The set features, from left to right:
John Frederick 'Chow' Hayes: One of Sydney's most feared men, Hayes was heavily involved in racketeering and sly grog and was noted for his sometimes brutal standover tactics and skill as a gunman.
Kate Leigh: Sly grogger, fence and drug dealer, Leigh was one of Sydney's best-known female criminals during the era of the razor gangs (late 1920s–30s). This photograph was taken in 1930 for the Drugs Bureau, probably when she was arrested for possession of cocaine.
Eugenia Falleni: Falleni led most of her life as a man. As Harry Crawford, she married and later murdered a widow, Annie Birkett. The case whipped the public into a frenzy as they clamoured for details of the 'man-woman' murderer.
Kong Lee: Lee made numerous appearances in the NSW Police Gazette as a 'safe blower' and a 'thief'.
Guido Calletti: Born in Sydney c1900, Calletti's criminal career began at age 10 and ended in 1939, when he died from multiple gunshot wounds. By his mid-twenties, Calletti was the leader of the vicious Sydney street gang known as the 'Darlinghurst Push'. He typically assaulted and robbed pub patrons and carried out his violent attacks using a razor and knife. He appeared in court 56 times.
Dimensions: Individual magnet width 4cm x height 5cm