I hope you don’t think these photos are too macabre, but there’s something terribly poignant about seeing these ordinary domestic scenes which have been turned upside down by a tragedy or a moment of rage. Somehow the fact that the pictures are in black and white makes them more interesting, perhaps it gives them a distance from reality which you wouldn’t get if the photo were in colour. What do you think of them?
Above: Bedroom with man’s hat on bloodstained bed. Mid-1940s. Details unknown.
Bedroom with female murder victim on bed. Location and details unknown; presumably Sydney, ca 1942
Bedroom, scene of shooting murder of Alice Isabella Anderson by Maurice Reuben John Anderson, and the subsequent suicide of the latter, at 75 Birrell St Waverley, NSW, 2 May 1944.
Bedroom, with bloodstained bed reflected in dressing table mirror. Details unknown, late 1930s.
Commercial interior showing damaged safes. Details unknown, late 1930s.
Dining room with blood spatters and signs of struggle, scene of shooting murder of Alice Isabella Anderson by Maurice Reuben John Anderson, and the subsequent suicide of the latter, at 75 Birrell St Waverley, NSW, 2 May 1944.
Fire-damaged bedroom, location, date unknown, presumably 1940s.
Interior, wardrobe with female corpse. Details unknown, late 1930s
Lobby of apartment building, with corpse at base of stairs. Details unknown, around 1938.
Scene of the shooting murder of Dr Claude Tozer, at the home of Dorothy Mort, Lindfield, NSW, 21 December 1920.
All images source and copyright: Images from collection held by Sydney Living Museums, Historic Houses Trust of NSW www.hht.net.au. Used with kind permission.