Good Reading : October 2009
PETER D forensic Treason or another in Sydney in the 1920s. Not all the images featured in this book are accompanied by stories, notes or reasons for ar rest, but each one tells a powerful tale of its own.Whether it be in the lines on a face, a smirk or in a pair of dead eyes, there are hundreds of stories in here, of evil, corruption, and simply of unfortunate people who fell by the wayside in a brutal city that didn't care. coffee table 48 goodreading ı OCTOBER 2009 Sydney NOIR Chocolate thieves Walter Furness (centre) and Charles Savage (left) were charged with breaking and entering the premises of the Commonwealth Confectionary Company at Camperdown and stealing a large quantity of chocolates. Furness pleaded guilty to receiving and was given a 12-month sentence. Savage was acquitted. Dunstan (far right) was presumably arrested too, but was not charged. Bludger No details have been found concerning this man, G E Burton, but a copy of this picture in the Special Photographs book is simply inscribed ‘bludger’. Foul practice Amy Lee was charged in November 1929 with having cocaine and morphine in her possession. Detective Tom Wickham told the court that Lee, an addict, had been a good-looking girl until she fell victim to the ‘foul practice’ of using cocaine. She was fined £250 or 12 months gaol in default, but the magistrate added that if Lee were to voluntarily enter a home for inebriates, he would suspend the sentence. Lee turns up in Long Bay Gaol records a month later, however. What became of her after that is not known, but she is listed in the Criminal Register of June 1930 as ‘a prostitute, cocaine dealer and addict’.