Negative - Antti Rannanjarvi & Antti Isotalo, Finland, 1856-1867 Image Reg. No: MM 067967

Black and white image of Finnish prisoners Antti Rannanjarvi and Antti Isotalo, members of the criminal gang Isoo-joukko. The two criminals were associated between the years 1856-1867.

Antti Isotalo's great grandson, also named Antti Isotalo, emigrated to Queensland, Australia, in the 1920's.
Black & white negative
Description Of Content:
Black and white image of two prisoners in chains. They are seated in chairs and chained at the neck, wrists, waist and legs. Each man is dressed in a striped uniform and holds a hat under one arm.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Unknown Biggest Family Album Contributor, 1985
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: law justice, law enforcement, chains
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
Secondary Classification: Prisons
Tertiary Classification: prisoners
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Finland, 1856-1867


Virtanen Posted on 27 Sep 2012 9:18 AM
These two prisoners are famous Finnish criminals. They have never been in Australia. Their names are Antti Isotalo and Antti Rannanjärvi.

See, for example: or do google image search "Isontalon Antti ja Rannanjärvi"
Nigel Posted on 17 Oct 2012 5:24 AM
These are indeed two famous Finnish criminals (knife fighters) from Ostrobothnia, Antti Isotalo and Antti Rannanjärvi. Antti Isotalo's great grandson, also named Antti Isotalo, immigrated to Australia (Queensland) in the 1920's which is perhaps how this photo ended up in an Australian collection.

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No