Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

15 Sep 2018 – 24 Feb 2019


Q: When is the exhibition on? 

A:  15 September 2018 to 24 February 2019.

Q: What is the exhibition about? 

A:  Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties is a photographic exhibition drawn from a collection of over 2500 glass plate negatives taken of Australian criminal suspects in the 1920s.
On show from Sydney Living Heritage Museums, these compelling images reveal the hierarchical criminal universe in a rapidly changing post-war world.
Photography proved to be a valuable tool in fighting crime, allowing police to document criminals.
The exhibition explores this Underworld and the techniques used to photograph the incredible time period.

Q: How much are tickets? 

Adult $14.50
Concession $12.50
child (ages 3 to 5) $11.50
Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children) $44.50
Under 3: Free
Annual Pass holder: Free

Q: How do I buy tickets?

A:  You may purchase online or at the Museum ticket desk on the day of visitation.

Q: Are there any local stories or collection items on display?

A:  Yes. Glass plate negatives from the Queensland Museum collection will be on display along with rail justice stories in the Museum's Roundhouse Gallery.

Q: Is the exhibition suitable for children? 

A: While the individual stories of the mugshot subjects may contain adult content (crime, drug trafficking, violence), the photographs on display do not contain anything of a graphic nature. Included in your exhibition ticket is access to the rest of the Museum which has multiple family friendly activities that children can enjoy after adults have viewed the exhibition.

Q: Is there exhibition talks and event? 

A: Yes, see the event listing for more information.


Q: Where is The Workshops Rail Museum?

A: The Museum is located at North Street, North Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

Q: What are the Museum open hours? 

A:  Daily 9:30am to 4pm (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Q: Is parking free? 

A:  Yes, there is plenty of free onsite and street parking available.

Q: Can I get there by public transport? 

A:  Yes, catch bus 515 from Ipswich Railway station to the Museum. See TransLink for timetable information.

Q: Is there a café?

A:  Yes, the café will be open for coffee and hot and cold lunch options. Visitors to the Museum are also welcome to bring their own lunch and picnic in the grounds.

Q: Is the exhibit wheelchair friendly? 

A: Yes


Q: Is there a discount rate for groups? 

A:  Yes, groups of 10 or more pre-booked are a flat rate of $9 per person. You can book online or by calling the Museum on 07 3432 5100.

Q: Is there a bus set down zone? 

A: Yes, when you book in your group, let the Museum booking officer know that you will be arriving by bus for set down instructions.