36 Mugshots from the 1920s

Released by Sifter, here are some incredible mugshots from the 1920s housed by the Historic Houses Trust. These images are quite artistic too, making them look forged, but rest assured, these are real criminals who happen to be photogenic too. Enjoy.

Guilty of selling opium and fake cocaine

When ‘Harry Leon Crawford’, hotel cleaner of Stanmore was arrested and charged with wife murder he was revealed to be in fact Eugeni Falleni, a woman and mother, who had been passing as a man since 1899. In 1914, as ‘Harry Crawford’, Falleni had married the widow Annie Birkett. Three years later, shortly after she announced to a relative that she had found out ‘something amazing about Harry’, Birkett disappeared.

Guilty of breaking into an army warehouse and stealing boots and overcoats to the value of 29 pounds 3 shillings


An entry in the Supplement to the NSW Police Gazette Sydney for Skukerman, (alias Kukarman, alias Cecil Landan) is captioned ‘obtains goods from warehousemen by falsely representing that he is in business’.

A Safebreaker

Kong Lee makes numerous appearances in the NSW Police Gazette as a ‘safe blower’ and ‘thief’, and is noted in the issue of February 1929 as having recently been seen riding trains ‘in the company of card sharpers and spielers’.


A Con man who sells suburban building blocks at grossly inflated prices, by falsely leading the buyers to believe the lots may be promptly resold for a huge profit.

Convicted in October 1924 of making counterfeit coins, and of having a coining instrument (ie a mould) in his possession, for which he was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour.


Con man

Illegal gambling

Robbery under arms

Sneak thief

Stealing goods in custody, indecent langauge, stealing, receiving and throwing a missile.

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