Hyde Park Barracks

Convict Sydney

Convict punishment: the treadmill

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

Convict Sydney

Back to business

From 1822, with the British government keen to cut costs and encourage pastoral expansion, part three sees the removal of convicts from town.

A reflection of the Hyde Park Barracks on the glass as part of 'An Gorta Mor', The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine

Remembering the Great Irish Famine

The memorial was officially unveiled on 28 August 1999 by Governor-General Sir William Deane

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?

Murmurations. Commission: Tony Albert and Angela Tiatia
Coming soon
Featured exhibition


Artists Tony Albert and Angela Tiatia have teamed up with creatives Lille Madden and Alina Olivares-Panucci

Black and white image of a building

Hope 1848–1886

In 1848 the Hyde Park Barracks became an immigration depot and hiring office for unaccompanied women newly arrived in Sydney

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Bigge inquiry

The Bigge Inquiry (1819–23) made recommendations to reshape the colony and make transportation ‘a fate to dread’.

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1801 - Day in the life of a convict

In the young colony, there was no prisoner’s barrack - the bush and sea were the walls of the convicts’ prison

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Convict Women & the Female Factory

Only about 13 per cent of convicts were women