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Step out of the heart of The Rocks and into an otherworld: 1920s. Sydney. Thieves and crooks and swindlers and sweethearts surround you at every turn. It's overwhelming and its oh so dangerous and it's on now, at the Museum of Sydney.
Do you gorge on Peaky Blinders, finding yourself worryingly seduced by the glamour and the gore? Are you one of the ones who booked a trip to Melbourne when Underbelly was released so you could pound the exact same streets as those mobsters with a heart did, eat where they ate, drink where they drowned their sorrows? Felt a little sumthin’ for lawbreakers since that really good looking prisoner’s mugshot went viral? Want to stare into the eyes of a true criminal?
Then, boy – do we have the best night of your life sorted! Introducing Underworld; Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties; Museum of Sydney’s newest photographic exhibition which descends the viewer into the seedy, dark, heady underside of our fair city some near-eighty years ago.
Over one hundred legit, candid and compelling mugshots taken by NSW police tell the story of the drug swindlers, the desperate addicts, the cunning and charismatic ringleaders and the detached, overarching bosses that wove themselves into the social fabric of the 1920s. Those who travelled from metropolitan cities – New York, London, those who got caught up in the trends and those who made them. Illicit. Unseen. Mesmerising. And yours to experience.
The show kicks off on December 9, running until August 2018, and coincides with oodles of talks and tours to open your mind to tales you never knew imaginable. Afterwards, take your ticket to nearby The Governors Table (pictured below) for a cheeky discounted Gin Rickey, washed down with a side of old school glamour. After you're done, toddle home to the award-winning (and literal neighbouring) Sydney Harbour YHA, head up to the rooftop, and let your mind whirl along with the dazzling harbour lights.