"Captured: Portraits of Crime 1870-1930"

In this 2AAA chat from June 2018, the focus was on one of the most popular exhibits we've ever hosted, titled, "Captured: Portraits of Crime 1870-1930". This exhibition from State Archives NSW explored the stories of men, women and children incarcerated in NSW gaols, utilising the recently digitised Gaol Photographic Description Books.

Wayne and Pat also had a quick look at the history of the Wagga Gaol, which was located on the corner of Sturt and Tarcutta Streets, just behind the Court House.

One of the featured people in the exhibition, William Plummer, spent a bit of time in that particular gaol but that wasn't why he was chosen for the exhibition. It was his tattoos!

You can find a video about him and read his full story in the e-catalogue on the State Archives NSW website: https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/exhibitions/captured

Additionally, there are some local stories of men and women from the Gaol Photographic Description Books that were featured on our blog:

A Drunken Orgie and the Result 

A Savage Brute?

Concealment of Birth

An Undesireable

A Man of Moods

The Gaol Cure