Captured: Portraits of Crime

06 Dec 2018

Captured: Portraits of Crime 1870-1930 shines a light on the ordinary men, women and children caught on the wrong side of the NSW criminal justice system, whether by choice or circumstance. This fascinating exhibition is on at Newcastle City Library until Saturday 16 February.

Developed by NSW State Archives, the exhibition features a wide selection of records and images sourced from 46,000 inmate records contained in 199 gaol photographic-description books. NSW State Archives undertook a project in 2016 to digitise items in the Collection of Gaol Photographic Description Books, many of which were at risk of being lost to physical deterioration or because they were kept on obsolete technology.
 
During the process of digitising the records, staff also combed the histories for the most interesting stories for the exhibition and catalogue, said exhibition curator Dr Penny Stannard. “Our expert staff and research archivists have peeled back the layers of these historical records and illuminated the events that led these people to commit a crime,” she said.
 
“We looked at the offence type, gender, age and location of crimes to piece together a collection of compelling stories.”
 
Visit Captured: Portraits of Crime at Newcastle City Library, Laman Street, Newcastle in the Local Studies Lounge until 2pm on Saturday 16 February.
 
For more information visit the NSW State Archives website or view the exhibition catalogue.