New South Wales Police Forensic Photography Archive

The remarkable New South Wales Police Forensic Photography Archive is made up of approximately 130,000 negatives in both glass-plate and cellulose film formats, taken between 1910 and 1964.

The images in the archive document, in all their gritty and at times confronting detail, Sydney, Australia’s ‘Sin City’ – its people, their misfortunes and their crimes. Sydney Living Museums now shares images from this collection through exhibitions, books and online stories.


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