Captured: Portraits of Crime is an exhibition produced by NSW State Archives and Records that explores the stories of men, women and children who were incarcerated in NSW gaols from 1870 to 1930. The exhibition engages with photographic portraits and descriptions of prisoners sourced from the State Archives Collection of Gaol Photographic Description Books. These historic records have been digitised, and interpreted through research within and beyond the archives to illuminate events and contexts that led ordinary people to commit crimes. But as the ordinary unfolds, so, too, does the extraordinary. The exhibition’s set of compelling case studies of individuals captured in the criminal justice system as a result of choice or circumstance provides a unique perspective that makes a new contribution to the history of NSW.
Captured: Portraits of Crime is presented through a Western Sydney exhibition (8 September 2017 to 27 October 2018), a regional touring exhibition and an online exhibition.
Captured: Portraits of Crime, 1870 – 1930
This stunning publication features the compelling stories of men, women and children incarcerated in NSW gaols from 1870 to 1930.
Watch and listen to the Captured team talk about some of the exhibition’s most fascinating stories.
On tour now
Newcastle City Library
15 Laman St, Newcastle
29 November 2018 – 20 February 2019
Old Dubbo Gaol
90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo
17 December 2018 – 1 February 2019
Port Macquarie Hastings Library
Grant St, Port Macquarie
25 February – 31 March 2019
65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush
9 April – 31 May 2019
Orange City Library
1-28 July 2019
65-67 Vincent Street, Cessnock
16 December 2019 – 10 January 2020
Broken Hill Library
3 October – 17 November 2017
18 December 2017 – 23 February 2018
University of Newcastle Library
12 March – 13 April 2018
Charles Sturt University Regional Archives, Wagga Wagga
14 May – 8 June 2018
University of Wollongong Library
3 July – 3 August 2018
University of New England and Regional Archives, Armidale
3 September – 27 October 2018
Captured received ‘highly commended’ in the Exhibitions Projects category at the Museums & Galleries NSW IMAGinE Awards on 23 November 2018.