Henry Leonard Stephenson, 12, broke into houses and was jailed for two months in 1873

Fagin's children: Mugshots of Victorian thieves as young as 11 who were sentenced to hard labour for stealing clothes and metal

Henry Leonard Stephenson, 12, broke into houses and was jailed for two months in 1873

A Convicts Home  From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.    "In Drury Lane there is a house which has been celebrated for more than a century. It was a "cook-shop" in Jack Sheppard’s time. This notorious criminal often dined there, and it is now still frequented by hungry convicts or ticket-of-leave men, who find kindly welcome and may, If they choose, receive wholesome advice from the owner of this strange establishment…"

A Convicts Home From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith. "In Drury Lane there is a house which has been celebrated for more than a century. It was a "cook-shop" in Jack Sheppard’s time. This notorious criminal often dined there, and it is now still frequented by hungry convicts or ticket-of-leave men, who find kindly welcome and may, If they choose, receive wholesome advice from the owner of this strange establishment…"

Forbes, New South Wales, Australia - The grave site of Australian bushranger Ben Hall in Forbes Cemetery, NSW

Forbes, New South Wales, Australia - The grave site of Australian bushranger Ben Hall in Forbes Cemetery, NSW

An Australian convict token engraved on both sides of an 1806 British penny, 1844; one side is engraved with an emu and kangaroo, Antipodean symbols, plus a ship, representing the journey from Britain to Australia.

An Australian convict token engraved on both sides of an 1806 British penny, 1844; one side is engraved with an emu and kangaroo, Antipodean symbols, plus a ship, representing the journey from Britain to Australia.

Martin Cash - Bushranger Martin Cash was Tasmania's most notorious bushranger

Martin Cash - Bushranger Martin Cash was Tasmania's most notorious bushranger

MAST  Identity In Transit is at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A from 21 February-5 May 2013

MAST Identity In Transit is at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A from 21 February-5 May 2013


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Stormplanet - The Cannibal RUN! Retracing the journey of convict cannibal Alexander Pearce

Stormplanet - The Cannibal RUN! Retracing the journey of convict cannibal Alexander Pearce

A tale they won't believe. Alexander Pearce, Confession of murder and cannibalism, 1824. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=448868

A tale they won't believe. Alexander Pearce, Confession of murder and cannibalism, 1824. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=448868

The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)

The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)

illustration showing police work in London's East End - Victorian-era crime & punishment.

illustration showing police work in London's East End - Victorian-era crime & punishment.

The Victorian Web - literature, history, culture in the age of Victoria. The Brit Lit timeline is what really made my day...nerd alert!

The Victorian Web - literature, history, culture in the age of Victoria. The Brit Lit timeline is what really made my day...nerd alert!

Conditions in the Workhouse

Conditions in the Workhouse

"Burking." The process of killing poor people and selling their bodies for medical study in 19th century London. (The body is in the basket on the man's shoulder). Occasionally the medical men they delivered too would perceive the body as being too fresh (never buried...grave robbing was one thing, murder another) and alert authorities.

"Burking." The process of killing poor people and selling their bodies for medical study in 19th century London. (The body is in the basket on the man's shoulder). Occasionally the medical men they delivered too would perceive the body as being too fresh (never buried...grave robbing was one thing, murder another) and alert authorities.

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