Portrait Detective

Portrait Detective


Portrait Detective is a new podcast series brought to you by the State Library of NSW, Create NSW and Essex Street Media. Portrait Detective dives into the collections of the State Library to discover the stories behind iconic portraits from 1817 to 1865. Join curator Margot Riley and podcast producer Cassie Gilmartin as they journey back in time to discuss each portrait’s significance and how these images can help you learn more about photographs in your family history collection.

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