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Drug Bureau mug shot of Hazel McGuinness, Central Police Station, 26 July 1929  
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Title: Mug shot of Hazel McGuinness, Central Police Station, Sydney, 26 July 1929
Creator: New South Wales. Police Dept. Drugs Bureau.
Date: July 1929
Format: [Picture] glass plate negative : b&w ; 12 x 16.5 cm.
Inscription: Emulsion Side: Ink: H.McGUINNESS. 26.7.29 / D.32
Place: Central Police Station (Sydney, N.S.W.)
Subject: police detainees and suspects
fur coats
police cells
women's clothing & accessories
Description: Special Photograph no. D32 (Drug Bureau photograph). Hazel McGuinness was charged along with her mother Ada McGuiness with having cocaine (in substantial quantities) illegally in her possession. Police described a raid on the McGuinnesses' Darlinghurst house during which the mother Ada threw a hand bag containing packets of cocaine to her daughter, shouting, 'Run Hazel!'. Despite that, detectives spoke up for Hazel McGuinness in court, arguing that she had been led into crime by her mother ('the most evil woman in Sydney') who had raised her in 'an atmosphere of immorality and dope'. Hazel was given a suspended sentence. See also 'Mug shot of Ada McGuinness. 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 with Caleb Williams City of shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912-1948 Historic Houses Trust, 2005, pp.186, 235. Peter Doyle Crooks like us Historic Houses Trust of NSW, 2009, p 264
Exhibited in: City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.
Source: Justice & Police Museum ; FP07_0008_015
Rights: Justice & Police Museum
Record no: 31029