Vera Crichton, 23 conspired with two other women to 'procure a miscarriage on a third woman'. She was 'bound over to appear for sentence if called upon within three years'.
While nothing is known of E. Walker who was believed to be a vagrant from her scruffy appearance
Elizabeth Singleton had multiple convictions for soliciting and was described in police records as a common prostitute. She was imprisoned at Long Bay but the details of her sentence have been lost
By the age of 24 Alice Adeline Cooke had amassed a number of aliases and at least two husbands
Janet Wright, 68, nearly killed a teenage patient during an illegal backstreet abortion
Emily Hemsworth killed baby son but could not remember details and was found not guilty due to insanity
Harry Crawford, above looks like a man but her real name was Eugenia Falleni . She spent most of her life masquerading as a man. In 1913 she married widow, Annie Birkett, whom she later murdered. The case whipped the public into a frenzy as they clamoured for details of the 'man-woman' murderer. , her full file photos
Legendary undercover policeman Constable CJ Chuck, or 'The Shadow' as he was known within the criminal milieu, was responsible for the arrest of Jessie Longford, 30, a well-known shoplifter
Little is known of this older criminal Annie Matthews - criminal record number 634LB arrested on 3 July 1924
Doris Poole appeared before the Newtown Police Court charged with stealing jewellery and clothing. She had previously been convicted on a similar charge in North Sydney and so received a six-month sentence with light labour
Jean Wilson, 23, had numerous convictions for housebreaking and theft. She preferred stealing jewellery as it could be easily pawned for money. She also robbed her employer and served a 12-month sentence
Amy Lee, 41, was described in court as a 'good looking girl until she fell victim to the foul practice' of snorting cocaine. Her dry, blotchy skin is testament to the drug use
Dorothy Mort, 32, shot her young lover, Dr Claude Tozer, dead on December 21, 1921, after he tried to end their romance. She was arrested after a failed suicide bid
Clara Randall reported to police that her Bondi flat had been broken into and a quantity of jewellery stolen. It was later discovered she had pawned the jewellery for cash. Randall was sentenced to 18 months with light labour
Edith Ashton, 37, was a backyard abortionist who also dabbled in theft and fencing stolen goods. Described in the media as a 'social somebody' she was suspected of contributing to the deaths of at least two women during abortions
Mother Ada McGuinness , age unknown, was called the 'most evil woman in Sydney' by a police witness when she appeared in court on charges of cocaine possession.
Her daughter Hazel also appeared in court at the same time, on similar charges, but was released on a bond. A judge heard how McGuinness senior, who occupied a terrace house in Hargreave Street, was one of the city's most active cocaine dealers
Fay Watson is listed in the New South Wales Police Gazette from 1928. She was arrested in a house in Crown Street, Darlinghurst, and subsequently convicted for being in possession of cocaine for which she was fined ten pounds.
34-year-old Alma Smith was jailed for five years for performing an illegal abortion on a young woman who later died
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
5 responses to "Mugshots of women prisoners from 1920s Australia"