Convict Sydney

Convict punishment: the treadmill

As a punishment, convicts were made to step continuously on treadmills to power wheels that ground grain

Eat Your History publication photography at Vaucluse House
Virtual Excursion

Cooking up the past

Discuss how food was grown, stored and cooked in the past, in the 1820s kitchen at historic Vaucluse House

Virtual Excursion

Growing up in the past

Discuss what life was like for rural children in the early 1900s and learn about household chores and technology from the past

Linda Agostini on Coogee Beach, Sydney

Crime & punishment: a case study

This challenging and thought-provoking program develops students’ skills in historical research and critical thinking, and their appreciation of history as a study of human experience

Virtual Excursion

The last bushranger

Students will investigate the significance and effect of the gold rush in New South Wales - including the rise and fall of bushranging

Watercolour painting of two ships on the water, with sandstone outcrop in foreground and shoreline in background.

Why were convicts transported to Australia?

Until 1782, English convicts were transported to America, however that all changed after 1783

Two girls dressed in costume in large dormitory style room.

Home: convicts, migrants and First Peoples

What was it like to be a convict living at Hyde Park Barracks?

Photograph of a wooden model depicting a First Fleet ship.

First Fleet Ships

At the time of the First Fleet’s voyage there were some 12,000 British commercial and naval ships plying the world’s oceans


Life in the past...stinks!

We can’t go back in time, we can still visit the places where people once lived and worked - and do some of their jobs