Justice & Police Museum

Tragedy on Sydney Harbour

Sydney’s worst maritime disaster occurred out of the blue on a sunny spring day in 1927

Linda Agostini on Coogee Beach, Sydney

Crime & punishment: a case study

This challenging and thought-provoking program develops students’ skills in historical research and critical thinking, and their appreciation of history as a study of human experience


Behind the scenes: How to read a ‘special’

Around the world, police forces followed established conventions when taking mugshots. But Sydney police in the 1920s did things differently.

Full length police photo of man in suit and hat, standing in front of chair.

Sensational car chase

John Talbot Wright was arrested on 11 September 1920 after a sensational car chase through city streets

Two photos side by side, first showing seated man, second showing man standing, with hat on.

Returned from active service

In July 1921 James Arthur Banfield was arrested by Sydney police, photographed and charged on three counts of larceny

Two photos side by side; man seated and man standing, with hat on.

Fallen hero of Flanders

In 1922, petty criminal Arthur Ernest Noonan was arrested by Sydney police to face charges of conspiracy to defraud

Black and white photo of man's face with white writing on negative visible to one side.

The Hawk strikes again! 

During the 1920s, inner Sydney was overrun with gangsters looking to make a name for themselves – sometimes literally

Black and white image of a woman looking pensive to the side of the viewer. The words


The flapper was an alluring vision of sophistication and freedom for young women globally