NZ’s hottest and­hippest crim­i­nals


They were colo­nial New Zealand’s good-look­ing bad boys – and a century later they’re be­ing given the chance to steal hearts all over again.

NZ Po­lice Mu­seum di­rec­tor Rowan Car­roll has been pick­ing stylish his­tor­i­cal mugshots from the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion, and ask­ing the pub­lic via so­cial me­dia to guess their crimes, un­der the hash­tag #hip­ster­crims.

The lineup in­cludes crim­i­nal heart-throb Daniel To­hill, who be­gan trending on­line in 2012 af­ter a Stuff ar­ti­cle about a pre­vi­ous ex­hi­bi­tion.

Com­menters de­scribed him as ‘‘ridicu­lously pho­to­genic’’ and com­pared him to David Beck­ham.

Oth­ers in the Face­book lineup in­clude Wil­liam Fred­er­ick Jones, of whom com­menter Jan Mor­ley said: ‘‘But­ter wouldn’t melt in his mouth, by the look of him.’’

In fact, Jones was a forger. He was jailed for 12 months in Welling­ton in 1912 for forgery and ‘‘ut­ter­ing’’, which was putting fake money into cir­cu­la­tion.

Also in the lineup is Richard War­ing, com­pared by some to for- mer Aus­tralian crick­eter David Boon. He was con­victed of steal­ing from a ship in 1912. One of the more in­ter­est­ing felons in the ex­hi­bi­tion – though not in the Face­book rogues’ gallery – is Amy Bock, an Aus­tralian­born fraud­ster who mas­quer­aded as a man, suc­cess­fully enough to per­suade the daugh­ter of a wealthy Otago fam­ily to marry her.

Need­less to say, the ruse did not sur­vive long af­ter the wed- ding.

Car­roll said the mugshots were a valu­able part of the early his­tory of the New Zealand Po­lice Force, which was of­fi­cially es­tab­lished on Septem­ber 1, 1886.

‘‘It’s very much a win­dow into that era, so we can un­der­stand what was hap­pen­ing in New Zealand so­ci­ety at that time.

‘‘If you have a rel­a­tive who has been a con­victed crim­i­nal in the past, th­ese are so valu­able.’’

De­tails with the mugshots in­cluded ev­ery­thing from height and weight to education and oc­cu­pa­tion.

They also in­cluded de­tails of where friends lived, be­cause many of the coun­try’s early ar­rivals had no fam­ily in New Zealand.

The free ex­hi­bi­tion is at the NZ Po­lice Mu­seum in Porirua. It is open al­most every day of the year.

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