Tough men, hard times: policing the depression
Police spies infiltrated ’communist’ cells while raids on the quasi-fascist New Guard exposed a plot to overthrow the government. Under tough leader W J Mackay police subdued Sydney with the baton and fired on striking miners in the northern coalfields. Yet paradoxically the police were also involved in administering the ’susso’ or ’food relief’ that kept many from complete starvation. The exhibition explored the conflicts and tensions of this most brutal of periods through artefacts, documents, photographs, political cartoons, and depression era ’survivors tales’ on film.