1920s

Stanley James Hay, Special Photograph number 167, c 1920, Central Police Station, Sydney
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Fallen soldiers

After the universal upheaval of World War I, many soldiers found it difficult to take up their former occupations and adjust to civilian life

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Gangs

The lure of easy money from the illicit alcohol, drug and gambling trades encouraged the formation of new crime gangs

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Joy-riders

From the beginning, young men and fast cars were a volatile mix

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The Black Hand in Sydney

Restrictions on the sale of alcohol offered tantalising opportunities for organised crime groups around the world. A Mafia-style organisation known as the Camorra began to make inroads into Australia during the 1920s

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The Roaring Twenties

The 1920s heralded the brave new world that emerged from the devastation of World War I