What these women did to deserve criminal records

There’s something quite haunting, and yet beautiful, about these.

As the UK’s Daily Mail reported, the mugshots are part of a collection of 2500 snaps taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. They ‘give a fascinating glimpse into the role of women in the seedy underbelly of early 20th century Australian life’.

But we’ll let the pictures do the talking…