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Investigating History: Did convicts break the rules?

Live Event

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity for Stage 2 and Stage 3 History.

During this engaging and student-centered Live Virtual Event, your class will explore the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks and examine a range of historical sources – physical and documentary – as part of an historical inquiry.

Museum staff will show off some of the archaeology that has been found at the site, explain the role rats played in preserving different artefacts, and present some documentary evidence, that relates to the convicts.

Then, once all the evidence is presented, your class will have the opportunity to decide – did the convicts who lived at the Barracks break the rules?

Students will also hear stories from a convict (not a real one just to be clear), and meet the Deputy Superintendent of the Barracks.

Sydney Living Museums (Historic Houses Trust)

Excursion Details

Excursion Type

Live Event - Scheduled


Sydney Living Museums

Date & Time

  24-Nov-2021    02:00PM


45 minutes




Requirements for this excursion

This event will be delivered via Zoom webinar. Participants require internet access and can connect from home on individual devices or as a class with a laptop connected to a projector screen or interactive whiteboard.  Please ensure individual and classroom devices  have adequate speakers so students can hear the presenters. A microphone is not required for this event.



Testing and Support

Sydney Living Museums is unable to provide technical support for this event. We strongly advise testing your internet connection, access to Zoom and sound on your chosen device prior to the event.

For more information about this excursion content

Name: Sophie Reid

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/learning/live-events

Pre-excursion activity: What do you want to know about convicts?
As a class, think of questions you have about the lives of convicts at the Hyde Park Barracks.

Email these to [email protected] by Monday 22nd November for your chance to have your questions answered live on camera!

If you need some inspiration, take a look at our online resource page A Day in the Life of a Convict first.

Resources needed during the excursion

Pen or pencil
Paper to write and draw on

Post-excursion activities

To learn more about convicts in NSW explore our digital resources and discover information, sources and activities including:

How to draw a convict using a convict indent (video instructions)
Create your own convict love token (video instructions)
Child convicts of Australia (video series)

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