Tragic tale of mental health treatment of Victorian women

Sent to the asylum: The Victorian women locked up because they were suffering from stress, post natal depression and anxiety

Sarah Gardner, in an insane asylum. Diagnosis: Insanity caused by anxiety. So sad

I saw this before and wanted to know the stories behind these pictures. Here they are!

Mug shots. Alice Adeline Cooke, criminal record number 30 December State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW

Florence "Ma Cannibal" Hunt-Maynard was convicted & hung for the murder of seven men while they were guests in her infamous boarding lodge. Eleven additional men in the area were reported missing. Florence canned all of her boyfriends for use in her delicious stews. Men competed fiercely for a place at Ma's table. Ma put rat poison in selected bowls. After dinner she would coyly invite the lucky diner to her sound-proof parlor for desert... she so loved the musicality of desperate shrieks..

The NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive has a fascinating collection of mugshots. This one is of Annie Matthews, There is no description of what crime she was charged with.

On the game: Elizabeth Singleton had multiple convictions for soliciting and was described in police records as a common prostitute. She was imprisoned at Long Bay but the details of her sentence have been lost

Drug dealers, backstreet abortionists and a deadly femme fatale: Fascinating mugshots of women prisoners from 1920s Australia

Elizabeth Singleton, 27 April 1927 Elizabeth Singleton had multiple convictions for soliciting and was described in police records as a ‘common prostitute’. She was imprisoned at Long Bay but the details of her sentence have been lost.

Children in Hills Reserve (Frog Hollow),Surry Hills, 1949 by Ted Hood by State Library of New South Wales collection, via Flickr

Children in Hills Reserve (Frog Hollow),Surry Hills, 1949 by Ted Hood by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Sydney, 1900

At rear of Gloucester-street, from Views taken during Cleansing Operations, Quarantine Area, Sydney, 1900

Australia: Australia Convict Sites (Norfolk Island)

Norfolk Island - Most haunted place in the Pacific Ye Christian Bretheren as ye pass by Pray on this tomb cast an eye

Australian iconic pic of first convict pardoned in Tasmania's home in the bush at Dilston Circa 1899.

The isolated bush home of the first convict settler pardoned in Van Diemen's Land, at Dilston, on the Tamar River, Northern Tasmania, Australia.

Cumberland Street, The Rocks. During the course of the 19th century the social diversity of the original close settlement around the port of Sydney was lost. The affluent residents vacated their large houses on the ridge for the growing suburbs and The Rocks became an area of seamen and immigrants, the working class and the poor. Many outsiders considered the area still tainted by the convict stain.

Images of Australia: The Tyrrell Collection of photographs of Australia's history Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia.


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