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ealing a motor cycle and side car (value 175 pounds) and a till containing money, value 17s. 6d, in league with Harold ('Tarlow') Tarlington (15) and Alfred Fitch (17). Tarlington went on to become a well-known criminal and was eventually shot dead in St
Peters by Myles Henry 'Face' McKeon, who was himself later shot dead in Chippendale. Fitch also went on to become an active member of the Sydney underworld (see 'Mug shot of Alfred Fitch' in this collection). Chapman was sentenced to two years hard labour
for the motor cycle theft.
This picture is one of a series of around 2500 "special photographs" taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These "special photographs" were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Pol
ice Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Doyle explains, of "men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension". Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, "the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed - perhaps invited - to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal
Special Photograph no. 1272. Harry Chapman, then aged 19 was arrested in June 1924 for breaking and entering a dwelling-house, and stealing articles, value 2 pounds 16 shillings and 6 pence. In September that year he was arrested again and charged with st
history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."

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New South Wales. Police Dept.
Sunday, 1 June 1924
ealing a motor cycle and side car (value 175 pounds) and a till containing money, value 17s. 6d, in league with Harold ('Tarlow') Tarlington (15) and Alfred Fitch (17). Tarlington went on to become a well-known criminal and was eventually shot dead in St Peters by Myles Henry 'Face' McKeon, who was himself later shot dead in Chippendale. Fitch also went on to become an active member of the Sydney underworld (see 'Mug shot of Alfred Fitch' in this collection). Chapman was sentenced to two years hard labour for the motor cycle theft. This picture is one of a series of around 2500 "special photographs" taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These "special photographs" were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Pol ice Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Doyle explains, of "men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension". Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, "the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed - perhaps invited - to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal Special Photograph no. 1272. Harry Chapman, then aged 19 was arrested in June 1924 for breaking and entering a dwelling-house, and stealing articles, value 2 pounds 16 shillings and 6 pence. In September that year he was arrested again and charged with st history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."
Glass plate negative:
Picture
City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.
Image File Custom
500,355
Emulsion side:
Justice & Police Museum
Mug shot of Harry Chapman, 30 June 1924. Location unknown.
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Published Note

Peter Doyle with Caleb Williams <a href=./fullRecord.jsp?recno=28106>City of shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912-1948</a> Historic Houses Trust, 2005, pp.212, 237.