Rogues Gallery: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Collection



These cartes-de-visite of Tasmanian prisoners printed in an oval mount are held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. They were originally held in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, together with another three hundred or more 1870s mugshots taken at the Hobart Gaol by government contractor Thomas J. Nevin which were acquired by the QVMAG as part of the bequest from the estate of John Watt Beattie in the 1930s. When they were removed from Beattie's collection and taken down to the Port Arthur prison heritage site for an exhibition as part of the Port Arthur Conservation Project in 1983, they were not returned to the QVMAG. They were deposited instead at the TMAG .

The QVMAG list (acquired here in 2005) showed a total of 199 mugshots, but only 72 were physically held at the QVMAG when the list was devised. A total of 127 mugshots were missing by 2005. Two mugshots in this sequence - numbers 198 and 200 of prisoners James Mullens and William Smith, each bearing verso Nevin's government contractor Royal insignia studio stamp - were deposited at the State Library of NSW, Mitchell collection (SLNSW PBX 6274) ca. 1907, among a dozen more which do not bear the numbering on recto.



The Port Arthur Conservation Project 1983, Elspeth Wishart
Notes from the QVMAG catalogue Q1985: P: 0068
Cdv and uncut print of prisoner Bewley Tuck.

Fifty-six (56) cdvs of Tasmanian prisoners arraigned at the Supreme Court Hobart and photographed at the Hobart Gaol on incarceration and discharge in the 1870s, now held in the TMAG collection, are displayed here. For more information about each prisoner's photograph, and for the prisoner's police records on this site, search by his name.

See these articles:



CHARLTON, George
TMAG Ref: Q15571
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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SMITH, Job alias CAMPBELL alias BRODIE
TMAG Ref: Q15572
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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SEWELL, William
TMAG Ref: Q15573
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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GLENN, James
TMAG Ref: Q15574
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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OWENS, Thomas
TMAG Ref: Q15575
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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RYAN, William
TMAG Ref: Q15576
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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GREGSON, John
TMAG Ref: Q15577
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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CAMPBELL, William as SMITH, Job
TMAG Ref: Q15578 see also TMAG Ref: Q15572
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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HARRISON. William
TMAG Ref: Q15579
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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DORAN, Alfred
TMAG Ref: Q15580
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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HESTER, Cornelius
TMAG Ref: Q15581
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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MORAN, John
TMAG Ref: Q15582
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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SMITH, Thomas
TMAG Ref: Q15583
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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DAWSON, William
TMAG Ref: Q15584
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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DUNN, John alias DEMPSEY
TMAG Ref: Q15585
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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DOWLING, John
TMAG Ref: Q15586
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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MERCHANT, James
TMAG Ref: Q15587
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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LEATHLEY, George
TMAG Ref: Q15588
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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BOOTH, Ephraim
TMAG Ref: Q15589
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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PRICE, William
TMAG Ref: Q15590
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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WEST, Robert
TMAG Ref: Q15591
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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WYNNE, James
TMAG Ref: Q15592
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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RYAN, Thomas
TMAG Ref: Q15593
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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SMITH, Henry
TMAG Ref: Q15594
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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BURTON, Phillip
TMAG Ref: Q15595
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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BLORE, Samuel
TMAG Ref: Q15596
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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ROGERS, James
TMAG Ref: Q15597
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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WALMSLEY, Joseph
TMAG Ref: Q15598
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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MAYNE, John
TMAG Ref: Q15599
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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CLABBY, Henry
TMAG Ref: Q15600
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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KELLOW, William
TMAG Ref: Q15601
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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GLEESON, Cornelius
TMAG Ref: Q15602
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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HARRISON, James
TMAG Ref: Q15603
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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BRADY, James
TMAG Ref: Q15604
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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MURPHY, Daniel
TMAG Ref: Q15605
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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KELLY, Stephen
TMAG Ref: Q15606
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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HICKS, Richard
TMAG Ref: Q15607
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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WOOD, Thomas
TMAG Ref: Q15608
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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McCULLUM, Hugh
TMAG Ref: Q15609
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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NESTOR, John
TMAG Ref: Q15610
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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GROWSETT, George
TMAG Ref: Q15611
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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WHITE, John
TMAG Ref: Q15612
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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FITZPATRICK, John
TMAG Ref: Q15613
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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MARTIN, James
TMAG Ref: Q15614
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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SAYER or SAWYER, William
TMAG Ref: Q15615
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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FISHER, George
TMAG Ref: Q15616
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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WILLIS, George
TMAG Ref: Q15617
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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PHILLIPS, Richard
TMAG Ref: Q15618
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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MALDEN, Samuel
TMAG Ref: Q15619
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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BRITTON or BRITTAIN, John
TMAG Ref: Q15620
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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CLARK, David
TMAG Ref: Q15621
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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WILLIAMS, John
TMAG Ref: Q15622
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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RUSSELL, William
TMAG Ref: Q15623
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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POPE, John per Flinders
TMAG Ref: Q15624
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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DAVIS, Daniel
TMAG Ref: Q15625
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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GLASSFORD, George or WHITE
TMAG Ref: Q15626
Photographer: Thomas J. Nevin
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Australia's first MUGSHOTS

PLEASE NOTE

Below each image held at the National Library of Australia is their catalogue batch edit which gives the false impression that all these "convict portraits" were taken because these men were transported convicts per se (i.e before cessation in 1853), and that they might have been photographed as a one-off amateur portfolio by a prison official at the Port Arthur prison in 1874, which they were not. Any reference to the Port Arthur prison official A. H. Boyd on the NLA catalogue records is an error, a PARASITIC ATTRIBUTION with no basis in fact. The men in these images were photographed in the 1870s-1880s because they were repeatedly sentenced as habitual offenders whose mugshots were taken on arrest, trial, arraignment, incarceration and/or discharge by government contractor, police and prisons photographer T. J. Nevin at the Supreme Court and adjoining Hobart Gaol with his brother Constable John Nevin, and at the Municipal Police Office, Hobart Town Hall when appearing at The Mayor's Court. The Nevin brothers photographed more than 2000 prisoners, the bulk now lost or destroyed. These extant mugshots were the random estrays salvaged - and reproduced in many instances- for sale at Beattie's local convictaria museum in Hobart and at interstate exhibitions associated with the fake convict ship Success in the early 1900s. The mugshots were selected on the basis of the prisoner's notoriety from the Supreme Court trial registers (Rough Calendar), the Habitual Criminals Registers (Gaol Photo Books), warrant forms, and police gazettes records of the 1870s-1880s. The earliest taken on government contract by T. J. Nevin date from 1872. The police records sourced here are from the weekly police gazettes which were called (until 1884) Tasmania Reports of Crime Information for Police 1871-1885. J. Barnard, Gov't Printer.