Sin City: crime & corruption in 20th-century Sydney exhibition installation view Photo © Jenni Carter for Sydney Living Museums

Sin City

crime & corruption in 20th-century Sydney

In the second half of the 20th century, Sin City was in every way a fitting nickname for Sydney. Organised crime held a grip on the city and corruption was rife, infiltrating the top levels of politics, law and justice.

Focusing on the 1940s to the 1980s, this exhibition will examine some of the audacious crimes, fascinating people and various vice trades from suburban bookmakers and sly-grog sellers to narcotics dealers and flashy illegal casinos that bankrolled corruption.

By presenting a mixture of new interviews, short biographies, rare objects and a comprehensive news archive, Sin City will uncover the elements of Sydney that condoned and encouraged corruption, and expose some of the popular myths associated with this celebrated topic.

'No city in the world can rival Sydney’s tolerance for organised crime.' Professor Alfred W McCoy, 1980.

A hard cover pictorial book also available online via our shop.

See ABC Stateline coverage of the exhibition below

Sponsors: Fairfax photos, Channel Nine, ABC, Dendy Cinemas and Avant Card