Photos of dapper thugs from the 1920s


Lots of photos of Australian criminals in the 1920s. They look proud of themselves, don't they?


Herbert Ellis circa 1920: 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, receiving and throwing a missile.

Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s