Blog post from Saturday, 28 June, 2014


In 1918 the Mitchell Library Trustees embarked upon an ambitious project: to photograph NSW soldiers heading overseas to serve in World War I. Now the Library will return these portraits of WWI soldiers to families in NSW.

The State Library is giving a free print or digital file to families who spot a relative among the 250 Crown Studio images on our Flickr set here.

If you discover a family member on our Portraits of War Flickr set, please email with your name, contact details and a link to the image.

See over 230 of these portraits on display in Portraits of War: The Crown Studio Project - a free exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales from 28 June - 21 September 2014.

Tracing your World War 1 Ancestors at the State Library – Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project

The State Library has launched an exhibition “Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project“ running from 28 June-21 September. This project features 230 of the collection of over 1600 portraits collected as part of this project.

The portraits contain inscriptions providing a wealth of biographical information including name, date of birth, enlistment date, trade or calling, birthplace, address prior to enlistment, rank, number and distinctions, casualties, next of kin and father’s name.