Stage 3

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

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?

Two girls dressed in costume in large dormitory style room.
Virtual Excursion

A new home: female migrants at the Barracks

Learn about female Irish orphans who migrated to Australia in the 1800s and stayed at the Hyde Park Barracks


Were bushrangers villains or heroes?

During the colonial period bushrangers committed serious crimes. However, to some people they might have seemed impressive

Blue police cap.

Troopers & Aboriginal trackers

What was it like to be in the mounted police?

Water colour of the Hyde Park barracks showing front wall and gates. Smoke can be seen coming out of chimneys on either side of the 3 story brick barracks building.
Convict Sydney

Female migration

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

Looking towards small cottage across paddocks.

Expanding the colony

Students explore the former farm and examine a range of sources to learn about the expansion of NSW in the 19th century and investigate its impacts on the environment, the people of the Boorooberongal clan and the colonisers

Illustration of goldfields with figures dressed in Chinese-style clothing working.

Chinese on the goldfields

By the early 1850s, news of a gold rush in Australia sparked an influx in Chinese migration to Australia.

Woman in vdieo with overlay of activity sheet.

Activity: draw a convict from an indent

Watch this short video and learn how to use an original Convict Indent listing to draw a real convict