Photographs from Sydney Police archives (1930s-40s) (30 photos)


The Historic Houses Trust in Australia has a forensic photography archive at the Justice & Police Museum which contains an estimated 130,000 images created by the New South Wales Police between 1910 and 1960.

Images uncovered in Justice & Police Museum’s Forensic Photography Archive, capture the spaces left behind: a moody catalogue of vacant lots, empty roads, desolate interiors, crime scenes and the everyday fragments of life in these hard-bitten slices of Sydney.

Corpse in vacant lot 1933

Domestic interior, showing kitchen, sink, mugs and utensils, inscribed “Hurlstone Park Murder 1074″.

Car crash, night time, early 1940s. Details unknown, but possibly Liverpool street, Sydney.

Street scene, Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, near corner of Riley Street, looking east, around 1938. Details unknown.