Australia‘s Justice & Police Museum has released 2,500 photographs of female criminals from the 1920s. The pictures of murderers, bigamists, bootleggers and prostitutes provide a fascnating glimpse into life in Australia in the early 20th Century. There’s a selection at
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9095938/Mugshots-of-Australian-women-criminals-from-the-1920s.html with a link to the main site.
There is a photo [right] of Eugenia Falleni, alias Harry Crawford, criminal record number 499LB, 21 October 1920. Crime: murder. Eugenia Falleni spent most of her life masquerading as a man. In 1913 Falleni married a widow, Annie Birkett, whom she later murdered. The case whipped the public into a frenzy as they clamoured for details of the ‘man-woman’ murderer. Aged approximately 35.
http://www.hht.net.au/museums/justice_and_police_museum takes you straight to the museum site. The website is not easy to search and I eventually found the first 4 photos at http://collection.hht.net.au/firsthhtpictures/quickSearch.jsp and a further list at http://bit.ly/gnKSwz
- Mugshots of Australian women criminals from the 1920s (telegraph.co.uk)