Day in the life of a convict
‘Assignment’ meant that a convict worked for a private landowner
The convict men who lived at Hyde Park Barracks were provided with a uniform to mark them as ‘government men’
From June 1819, unmarried male convicts who were working for the government had to stay at the Hyde Park Barracks
In 1820, the convicts living at the Hyde Park Barracks would have been woken at sunrise by the ringing of a bell in the yard
After a day of hard work, the convicts were walked back to the Barracks for the evening muster
Convicts were needed to do a lot of work around the colony, so it was important that they were kept healthy
Convicts transported to NSW brought a lot of different things with them. In some cases this included their own slang language, called ‘flash’
A convict love token is a coin that convicts gave to their loved ones before they were transported to NSW
The convicts who lived at the Barracks had to obey lots of rules – more than 200!
While some convicts broke the rules and were punished, most of them worked hard and tried to stay out of trouble
Around one in every four male convicts had tattoos on his body
There was a huge amount of work to do around the town of Sydney, and most of it was done by convicts who did lots of different jobs
By 1801 Sydney had grown into a little village with streets and buildings
For many women in the UK migration was seen as an opportunity to change their fortunes - to escape poverty, find work and start a family
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