Home: convicts, migrants and First Peoples

About the program

During this thought-provoking program students will investigate the themes of displacement and resilience through the experiences of convicts, migrants, and Aboriginal peoples.

They will develop their knowledge about the far-reaching impacts of the convict system, and its impact on Aboriginal communities and Country. The experience of migration will also be explored through the stories of young female migrants who travelled to NSW, without their parents, in the 1850s.

Your students will:

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks
  • Work like historians, analysing evidence in documents, artworks and artefacts
  • Spend significant amounts of time handling objects - both primary sources and reproductions

Key information


Hyde Park Barracks
Queens Square, Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211

Cost (GST free)
From $282 for up to 20 students

90 minutes

Session offered
Monday to Friday

Maximum students
60 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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