Dictionary of Sydney

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Razor Gang wars

Vicious gang wars between competing groups in Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo battling for control of the criminal underworld. So called because of the cut throat razor (a straight shaving blade) that was the weapon of choice, especially after the Pistol Licensing Act of 1927 meant automatic gaol time for anyone caught carrying an unlicensed firearm. They were led by Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh.

Date of event
1927 - 1931