We Are What We Steal

Crimes are a reflection of the period and society in which they occur. What happened, the objects and people involved, the location, how it was recorded – or even if it was recorded – all tell us something about the values, attitudes, and power structures of the day.
This data visualisation looks at the almost 20 million words that were written in the New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime from the beginning of 1860 up until the end of 1900* to see what it shows about how the people, places, and things, changed in NSW over that period.

This visualization was created by DX Lab of the NSW library system. DX Lab says their purpose is innovation. (I think it is awesome for a library to have an innovation laboratory.)

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