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In 1871 the NSW Government introduced photographic portraiture to record the identity of those incarcerated in the State’s gaols. By 1930 more than 46,000 portraits had been produced. 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.

Captured: Portraits of Crime is an extraordinary exhibition produced by NSW State Archives that explores the stories of men, women and children incarcerated in NSW gaols from 1870 to 1830. It is touring the state, and will be in Orange from 1-28 July 2019.

In this seminar, Orange and District Historical Society, in partnership with Orange City Library, present guest speaker Wendy Gallagher (NSW State Archives) to talk about the exhibition and how to research your family history when a criminal is involved.


When: Wednesday 3 July 2019, 5:30-7:00pm.
Where: Orange City Library, 147 Byng St, Orange.
Cost: Free, but please register in advance
More information: Please check the official Facebook event page.

Wendy Gallagher is the Senior Advisor, Regional Engagement at NSW State Archives. She has worked with the State Archives Collection for over 30 years, having worked both in the public Reading Room and behind the scenes managing the intake of State Archives. She has a long association with the Gaol Photographic Description Books, which form the basis for Captured Portraits of Crime, 1870-1930.