Justice & Police Museum

Dual mugshot in black and white; man seated and then man standing, with white naval cap on.
WW1

A dubious defence

On 19 October 1921 Herbert Burridge was listed in the New South Wales Police Gazette as a deserter from HMAS Cerberus

View of pigeonholes in the the police station charge room.
Onsite

A trial run

Within the setting of a historic police station and courthouse, this program gives students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between the law and society

Magda Dabrowa, Holly Schulte and Nerida Campbell sit around a table in the Water Police Court. They are smiling at each other as they wrap up the event for the night.

After Dark

Join us for the 2023 edition of After Dark at the Justice & Police Museum

Holly Schulte, MHNSW curator, stands at the podium at the front of the Water Police Court, while she gives a talk titled 'Crime on Film'. A large crowd is seated in front of her and images from the Forensic Archive are projected on the screen behind her.
16 June, 5pm-9pm
Festival

After Dark: Belonging

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion and interactive performances as speakers and artists explore what it means to belong in a multicultural society such as Australia

Two people in a car
21 April, 5pm-9pm
Festival

After Dark: Blame

Watch the Logie Award–winning documentary Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler? on the 60th anniversary of the Bogle–Chandler case and listen to a Q&A with the film’s director

Holly Schulte and Sunil Badami sit at the stage at the front of the Water Police Court and speak about Holly's work at MHNSW
11 August, 5pm-9pm
Festival

After Dark: Boycott

Listen to our panel of experts as they delve into the concepts of cancel culture, censorship, freedom of expression and navigating history in a modern-day context

Visitors look up, their faces illuminated by the light of the projected film. They are seated at round tables with candles and cocktails.
27 October, 5pm-9pm
Festival

After Dark: Dis(order)

Join us for this year’s final After Dark, an evening of live music, discussion and dis(order) as we delve into Sydney’s nightlife and cultural history

Onsite

Bailed up!

Students explore the impact of the gold rush on law and order in the colony of NSW, and of bushrangers on the Australian identity

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Underworld

Behind the scenes: How to read a ‘special’

Around the world, police forces followed established conventions when taking mugshots. But Sydney police in the 1920s did things differently.