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Mug shot of William Munro, 17 September 1924, Central Police Station, Sydney.  
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Title: Mug shot of William Munro, 17 September 1924, Central Police Station, Sydney.
Creator: New South Wales. Police Dept.
Date: September 1924
Format: [Picture] Glass plate negative:
Inscription: Emulsion side:
Place: Central Police Station (Sydney, N.S.W.)
Subject: police detainees and suspects
mug shots
Description: oyle 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 hae 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 Police Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Dve 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 history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."
Special Photograph no. 1313. Munro is listed in the NSW Police Gazette, 1924 as charged, along with Harris Hunter, with receiving stolen goods to the value of 536 pounds 4 shillings and 1 penny, the property of Snow's department store. This picture is on
Published in: Peter Doyle with Caleb Williams City of shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912-1948 Historic Houses Trust, 2005, pp. 215, 237.
Exhibited in: City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.
Source: Justice & Police Museum ; 028
Rights: Justice & Police Museum
Record no: 31187