Bailed up!

About the program

Students explore the impact of the gold rush on law and order in the colony of NSW, and of bushrangers on the Australian identity.

Students analyse and compare a range of primary and secondary sources, including artefacts and artworks from the period to investigate the threat that bushrangers posed to successful gold miners, the technologies used by the miners and the police to respond to these threats and the consequences for the men who chose to become bushrangers.

A highlight of the program is a re-enactment of the 1864 trial of NSW bushranger John Vane. In the museum’s former courtroom, students act out the trial’s historic proceedings – an immersive experience that helps them to better understand the actions, perspectives and experiences of different people during the gold rush.

Key information


Justice & Police Museum
Corner Albert and Phillip streets
Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211

Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students

90 minutes

Session offered
Monday to Friday

Maximum students
50 per session

Supervision ratios
The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge

Additional visitor costs
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12

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