These are vintage mug shots from the 1920's. Those arrested were allowed to pose in their own clothes, hats, etc. however they liked. Pretty avant garde for a 1920's Australian police station, no? 1920, Police, Vintage, Mugs Shots, Australia, Mugshots, Photos Book, Photography, Mug Shots
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The precise circumstances surrounding this picture are unknown, but Ellis is found in numerous police records of the 1910s, 20s and 30s. He is variously listed as a housebreaker, a shop breaker, a safe breaker, a receiver and a suspected person. A considerably less self-assured Ellis appears in the NSW Criminal Register of 29 August 1934 (no. 206). His convictions by then include ‘goods in custody, indecent langauge, stealing, eceiving and throwing a missile.