The last bushranger

About the program

During this virtual program students connect live with a museum educator to investigate the significance and effect of the gold rush in New South Wales - including the rise and fall of bushranging.

How did the discovery of gold drastically change the colony's fortune? And what role did the Royal Sydney Mint play, in revolutionising Australia's economy?

Drawing on a range of police records, and using the experience of New South Wales' last bushranger, Captain Moonlite, students will also learn about the nature of bushranging between 1850 and 1880.

What crimes did these men commit, what weapons did they use, and how did advances in technology - such as railways and communications - help the NSW Police fight back, and get the upper hand?

Importantly, during this interactive program students will see objects, artworks and sources - and work like historians to indentify and evaluate evidence.

Cost (GST free)
$65 per class

up to 30 students per class


Up to 45 minutes presenter-led program including virtual presentation and time for questions

Session offered
Monday to Friday

Bookings close strictly at 4pm on Wednesday for all sessions in the following week

Maximum students

One class (30) per session (when students are learning from home); Three classes (90) per session (when students learning from school)

Supervision ratios

At least one supervising teacher must be online with the students at all times

Additional visitor costs

No charge