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Prison and death in the 19th century

Two iBooks of authentic records

Use primary sources from the late 19th century – records of notorious prisoners, and sketches of the deceased.

These two books were produced in association with the exhibition Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the macabre & the portrait.

Notorious Prisoners from Victoria and New South Wales, 1975–92

'Making iron work without authority', 'Having newspapers' and 'Receiving tea improperly' – such were the misdemeanours of Andrew George Scott aka Captain Moonlite while serving time in gaol between 1874 and 1878. See his record alongside those of Ned Kelly and other perpetrators of more heinous crimes, such as Frederick Deeming. 

Each record includes a photograph and hand-written account of the appearance and acivity of the inmates – including their charge and sentence – and in some cases, fascinating details of their lives. There's a short introduction to each story, and a glossary of some less common terms such as 'absconding' and 'insolence'.

Note that the material in this book may disturb some readers.

View Notorious Prisoners in the iBooks Store.

Postmortem Studies by Alfred Bock, circa 1865

Sixteen drawings by Alfred Bock (1835–1920) of people – including small children – shortly after they passed away.

View Postmortem Studies in the iBooks Store.