Alice Adeline Cooke was convicted of
bigamy and theft. By the age of 24 she had amassed an impressive number
of aliases and at least two husbands. She was described by police as
‘rather good looking’.
Dorothy Mort was having an affair with doctor Claude Tozer. On 21 December 1920 Tozer visited her home
with the intention of breaking off the relationship. Mort shot him dead
before attempting to commit suicide. Aged 32.
Doris Poole appeared before the Newtown Police Court charged with
stealing jewellery and clothing.
Elizabeth Ruddy was a career criminal who was convicted of stealing from
the house of one Andrew Foley.
Eugenia Falleni spent most of her life masquerading as a man. In 1913
Falleni married a widow, Annie Birkett, whom she later murdered. The
case whipped the public into a frenzy as they clamoured for details of
the ‘man-woman’ murderer.
When a police officer arrived to arrest Esther Eggers for malicious
damage she attacked him, causing serious injury. Eggers was sentenced to
12 months prison. Aged 22.
Janet Wright was a former nurse who performed illegal abortions from her
house in Kippax Street, Surry Hills. One of her teenage patients almost
died after a procedure and Wright was prosecuted and sentenced to 12
months hard labour.
Kathleen Ward had convictions for drunkenness, indecent language and
theft. She obviously enjoyed thumbing her nose at the authorities, as
can be seen in this image where she appears to have deliberately
fluttered her eyes in order to ruin the long-exposure photograph.
May Smith, alias ‘Botany May’, was an infamous drug dealer. She once
chased policewoman Lillian Armfield with a red-hot iron to avoid arrest.
Smith was sentenced to 10 months with hard labour.