Full Record

Rae Bibby, Special photograph number D78, 15 March 1929, probably Central Police Station, Sydney
Click on image to enlarge
Request a copy
 
Title:
Rae Bibby, Special photograph number D78, 15 March 1929, probably Central Police Station, Sydney
Creator:
New South Wales. Police Dept.
Date:
1929
Format:
Glass plate negative: b&w; 4.75 x 6.5
Subject:
Description:
Mrs Rae Bibby was a cocaine user and a runner for a dealer. On the day this photograph was taken she reacted very badly to the news she was going to be arrested. Bibby removed her clothing and ran around the room naked reciting the Bible according to newspaper accounts.
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 Police 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 history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."
Published in:
Peter Doyle Crooks like us Historic Houses Trust of NSW, 2009, pp. 288-289.
Source:
Justice & Police Museum ; FP07_0002_003
Rights:
You may save or print this image for research and study. If you wish to use it for any other purposes, you must contact the Historic Houses Trust to request permission.
Material Type:
Picture
Record number:
46362