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Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties Opening Night

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties Opening Night

On January 22, 2022

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Be first to explore the Bundaberg showing of Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

The dark side of the Roaring Twenties is being exposed at Hinkler Hall of Aviation and you’re invited to the opening night!

Be first to explore the Bundaberg showing of Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties and enjoy a special talk by author and curator of the exhibition, Nerida Campbell.

Opening event: Friday 21 January from 5.30pm

Ticket cost: $20

Includes: Entry to the exhibition, curator/author talk, entertainment by Chelsea Stutchbury, complimentary drink on arrival and grazing station.

About the exhibition

Welcome to the dark side of the Roaring Twenties. Descend into a seedy underworld where the only rules were never squeal to the police and always, always shoot first.

Explore candid and compelling mugshots taken by New South Wales Police between 1920 and 1930. Known as the ‘Specials’, they are unlike any found elsewhere in the world.

Criminals thrived during the turbulent 1920s when rapid societal change led to the opening up of new illicit markets for entrepreneurial felons. Sydney’s police photographers captured the zeitgeist of the era in these unexpectedly candid mug shots of sly-grog purveyors and small-time criminals. Bosses, bruisers, plotters and petty crims are captured by the camera as they stare down the lens and into history.

The stories of the suspects who range from stone-cold gangsters to wayward youth give a flavour of the strangely hierarchical criminal world. Fast times bred new crimes creating policing challenges ranging from reckless joyriders to the emergence of the Mafia and razor gangs. However, the mugshots document more than just crime; they detail the rise and fall of trends such as the flapper and illustrate the post-war movement of people between Sydney and other cities such as New York and London.

Presented by Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Underworld: Mugshots of the Roaring Twenties is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums.

Image credit: Arthur Caddy, 6 March 1929. NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Sydney Living Museums

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Public health notice: The Queensland Government requires all patrons of Hinkler Hall of Aviation to be COVID-19 vaccinated from 17 December 2021. Any unvaccinated patrons who book after these restrictions were put in place and are subsequently denied access to the event will not be eligible to receive a refund.


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