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French Mug shot of François Bertillon, 23 months. Crime: Gluttony, nibbling all the pears from a basket, by Alphonse Bertillon, October 17, 1893.

Janet Wright, 16 February 1922 - Convicted of using an instrument to procure a miscarriage. Janet Wright was a former nurse who performed illegal abortions from her house in Kippax Street, Surry Hills. One of her teenage patients almost died after a procedure and Wright was prosecuted and sentenced to 12 months hard labour. Aged 68.

Convicted of unlawfully using an instrument to procure a miscarriage. Mary Brownlee was a backyard abortionist who was caught during an extensive police investigation. She was sentenced to 12 months light labour, but her male accomplice was acquitted. Aged 64.

Nellie Cameron was one of Sydney’s best-known, and most desired, prostitutes. Lillian Armfield, Australia’s first policewoman, said Cameron had an ‘assured poise that set her apart from all the other women of the Australian underworld’. Aged 21.

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Drug dealers, backstreet abortionists and a deadly femme fatale: Fascinating mugshots of women prisoners from 1920s Australia

Money making; Clara Randall reported to police that her Bondi flat had been broken into and a quantity of jewellery stolen. It was later discovered she had pawned the jewellery for cash. Randall was sentenced to 18 months with light labour

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Drug dealers, backstreet abortionists and a deadly femme fatale: Fascinating mugshots of women prisoners from 1920s Australia

On the game: Elizabeth Singleton had multiple convictions for soliciting and was described in police records as a common prostitute. She was imprisoned at Long Bay but the details of her sentence have been lost

Hampton Hirscham, Cornellius Joseph Keevil, William Thomas O’Brien and James O’Brien – July 20, 1921

Irma Grese, the Mass Murderess of Bergen-Belsen, during the Belsen Trial. According to inmate testimony, Grese was fond of whipping inmates and was said to never have been without her boots, whip, or pistol at anytime. Fond of physical and emotional torture, and was said to have delighted in shooting prisoners in cold blood. Her trial took 53 days, and when the verdict was read she was found guilty. Irma Grese was executed on 13 December 1946 at 22 years of age,

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The wanted Victorian women: Historic mugshots reveal the cunning faces of England’s Nineteenth Century bad girls

The wanted Victorian women: Historic mugshots reveal the cunning faces of England’s Nineteenth Century. Caught: Many of mugshots going on display have never been seen before like this woman who was accused of cruelty to children

Patty Hearst, granddaughter of legendary newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, was photographed by the San Mateo County Sheriff in September 1975 after her arrest on bank robbery and gun charges. Hearst, kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in February 1974, was sentenced to seven years in prison. She was released in February 1979 after President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence.

Frank Murray alias Harry Williams – February 4, 1929 - Harry Williams was sentenced to 12 months hard labour on March 1929 for breaking, entering and stealing. Although he ‘consorts with prostitutes’ and ‘frequents hotels and wine bars in the vicinity of the Haymarket’, he is described as being of ‘quiet disposition’.

Doris Winifred Poole, 31 July 1924. - Doris Poole appeared before the Newtown Police Court charged with stealing jewellery and clothing. She had previously been convicted on a similar charge in North Sydney and so received a six-month sentence with light labour. DOB: 6 June 1903.