Captured: Portraits of Crime is a new exhibition produced by State Archives and Records NSW 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, 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 compelling stories.
Western Sydney Records Centre
8 September 2017 – 28 April 2018
9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday
10.00am – 4.00pm Saturdays
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