UNDERWORLD: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Exhibition and Shows

15 May 2021 to 30 May 2021 Once Only Event

Descend into Sydney’s seedy underworld in our new photographic exhibition featuring a selection of intriguing criminal portraits of police suspects from the 1920s. These candid and compelling mugshots reveal the dark side of The Roaring Twenties.
Over 100 captivating images of suspects taken by NSW Police between 1920 and 1930, reproduced from the original glass negatives, will be on display in the exhibition. Known to police as ‘Special’ photographs they are unexpectedly raw and intriguing portraits of people in custody unlike any found elsewhere in the world.
UNDERWORLD: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties will be on display at the Port Arthur Asylum from Thursday 18 February to Friday 30 May. The exhibition is open daily from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and is free of charge for Port Arthur Historic Site ticket holders. All entry tickets must be booked in advance online at www.portarthur.org.au or by phoning 1800 659 101.

The Museum coffee shop will be operating throughout the exhibition.

Event Dates

Once Only Event

15 May 2021 to 30 May 2021

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