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CROOKS LIKE US
By Peter DOYLE
In the 1920s Sydney police began quietly assembling a gallery of the city's most light-fingered, fleet-footed, silver-tongued rogues and con artists, magsmen, housebreakers, thugs, gunmen, shoplifters, drug dealers, pickpockets and hooligans. These extraordinary images resurfaced in the 1980s, long after the original paperwork had been lost and the crooks, the cops and all who remembered them had passed on. Based on years of research into police files, court records, newspapers and other sources, Crooks like us offers a glimpse into the difficult lives of these fugitive souls and what they did, who they hurt, who hurt them, where they came from and, sometimes, where they ended up. Illustrated with rich, emotionally charged police Special Photography from the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, Crooks like us opens a secret door onto Sydney's hidden histories.
Peter Doyle is the author of City of Shadows: Sydney Police photographs, 1912-1948 (with Caleb Williams), which like this book, draws on the forensic photography archive at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney. City of Shadows is now out of print. Peter lectures in Media at Macquarie University, and is the author of the novel, The Devil’s Jump.”
Published by: Historic Houses Trust of NSW