William John MacKay (1885–1948), known as Bill, was a Scottish-born police officer who played a major role in policing Sydney’s underworld during the 1920s
After the universal upheaval of World War I, many soldiers found it difficult to take up their former occupations and adjust to civilian life
The flapper was an alluring vision of sophistication and freedom for young women globally
The lure of easy money from the illicit alcohol, drug and gambling trades encouraged the formation of new crime gangs
From the beginning, young men and fast cars were a volatile mix
Sydney’s police force had lost many men on the battlefields of France during World War I and it took some time to rebuild. With resources stretched, police struggled to maintain law and order in an environment where criminal behaviour was evolving.
George B Howard was a prominent police photographer in Sydney during the 1920s
Restrictions on the sale of alcohol offered tantalising opportunities for organised crime groups around the world