Criminals

Mug shots that form part of Squizzy Taylor’s prison record. 
Prison Register, PROV, VPRS 151/P0, unit 60
Mug shots that form part of Squizzy Taylor’s prison record. Prison Register, PROV, VPRS 151/P0, unit 60

Examine details of two sensational cases in Victorian legal history - the notorious 1920s gangster ‘Squizzy’ Taylor and the recently overturned Colin Ross conviction.

Squizzy Taylor gained notoriety in the 1920s in Melbourne for race fixing, stand over methods and his American bootlegger style. Learn about the gang wars, slums and notorious depression era activities of this criminal.

The Colin Ross story is a fascinating criminal case. Discover the twists and turns of this extraordinary trial. You can follow how forensic evidence was used to hang him in 1922 and then used again to secure a pardon in 2008.

‘Female Felons’ display is a fascinating cross section of photographs of female petty criminals from the 1880s.
Click here to view Female Felon #9, Catherine Vale. Her conviction record indicates she was just 19, when she was sentenced to six months hard labour.

Find out more at Public Record Office Victoria - Online Exhibitions.