Captured: Portraits of Crime, 1870 – 1930

8 September 2017 – 28 April 2018

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.

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Getting to: State Records NSW

161 O’Connell Street
Kingswood, NSW 2747

Opening Hours


10:00 to 15:00

Monday- Friday

09:00 to 17:00

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