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Samuel Oliver, 46, (left) was sentenced to 21 days in prison for begging. He was said to have a 'ruddy' complexion and imperfect speech and a lame leg after suffering a stroke

Samuel Oliver, (left) was sentenced to 21 days in prison for begging. He was said to have a 'ruddy' complexion and imperfect speech and a lame leg after suffering a stroke

William Doyle (left) 17, was described as not being able to read or write and had a pale complexion. He was sentenced to six years in prison for setting fire to a stack of wheat.

Thieves, thugs and a conman who impersonated a vicar: The first-ever criminal mugshots taken in Britain revealed 150 years on

William Doyle (left) 17, was described as not being able to read or write and had a pale complexion. He was sentenced to six years in prison for setting fire to a stack of wheat.

Catherine May was a 26-year-old dressmaker, who was sentenced to three years for stealing a purse. She died after just five months in prison.

Thieves, thugs and a conman who impersonated a vicar: The first-ever criminal mugshots taken in Britain revealed 150 years on

Catherine May was a 26-year-old dressmaker, who was sentenced to three years for stealing a purse. She died after just five months in prison.

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James Knapton, 22-year-old miner, sentenced to 6 yrs for setting fire to a stack of oats. Photographed in front of a fake prison back-drop showing an open cell.

Thieves, thugs and a conman who impersonated a vicar: The first-ever criminal mugshots taken in Britain revealed 150 years on

James Knapton, a miner, was sentenced for six years for setting fire to a stack of oats. He was photographed in front of a fake prison back-drop, showing an open cell. This was at the beginning of mugshots.

William Bennett: The here than his mid-thirties in 1894 photographed William Bennett came early in conflict with the law: Even the age of seventeen, he was arrested for the first time - for night poaching. prison of Dorchester

From the donkey thief to the drunk who wouldn't leave the pub: Criminal records of Victorian villains published online for first time

Child prisoner, Julia Ann Crumpling, aged seven, was sentenced to seven days hard labor at Oxford prison on June 28, 1870 for stealing a baby carriage.This photo comes from an album showing prisoners in Oxford Gaol.

Child prisoner, Julia Ann Crumpling, aged seven, was sentenced to seven days hard labor at Oxford prison on June 28, 1870 for stealing a baby carriage.This photo comes from an album showing prisoners in Oxford Gaol.

Faces of the Victorian underworld: They're the first criminal mugshots, taken 150 years ago - in the days when punishment was swift and brutal

Faces of the Victorian underworld: They're the first criminal mugshots, taken 150 years ago - in the days when punishment was swift and brutal

Thieves, thugs and a conman who impersonated a vicar: The first-ever criminal mugshots taken in Britain revealed 150 years on

Mugshot: Margaret McCann (aged 24). Sentenced to 6 months in prison for stealing money. ca. 1870s.

Mugshot: MARGARET McCANN (aged Sentenced to 6 months in prison for stealing money. (on discharge): 24 ~~ Height: ½ ~~ Hair: Light Brown ~~ Eyes: Blue ~~ Place of Birth: Newcastle ~~ Married or single: Single ~~ Occupation: Hawker

Mugshots in 1800s Were Cooler photo

Aporo Paerata (b. Charged with murder and sentenced to death on 13 June although this sentence was later commuted to life in prison [Gisborne]. Photograph taken on 17 September

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