Interpretation Australia award for exhibition


The popular and immersive Female Immigration Depot, 1848-1886 exhibition which opened at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in July 2014 has recently received an Interpretation Australia Judges Award.

The exhibition tells the story of the thousands of government-assisted working-class Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh female immigrants that were housed in the Female Immigration Depot at the Hyde Park Barracks between 1848 and 1886.

Sparse, simple and institutional in style, the exhibition draws its information from the archaeological and historical records to illustrate the stories of how the women lived in the depot and shares the individual experience of a selection of women. 

This is a well-deserved accolade for an incredibly competitive award. While we know our visitors love it, it is great to receive peer recognition as well.


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Interpretation Australia award for exhibitionThursday 20 October 2016

The popular and immersive Female Immigration Depot, 1848-1886 exhibition which opened at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in July 2014 has recently received an Interpretation Australia Judges Award.

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Hyde Park Barracks

Peter Garrett’s Hyde Park Barracks ancestorThursday 29 September 2016

Musician and former politician Peter Garrett is another of the growing number of Australians to claim an ancestor related to Hyde Park Barracks.

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Hyde Park Barracks

Sampling history at the Hyde Park BarracksWednesday 20 July 2016

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Group of women with wooden trunk on display against wall with window above.

Hyde Park Barracks

Margaret Hurley’s descendants visit the barracksTuesday 5 July 2016

Margaret Hurley’s wooden trunk, which first arrived at the Barracks in 1850, has now returned 165 years later, on generous loan from her descendant Rose Marie Perry, and is on display in the female Immigration Depot dormitory at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Woman examining collection items on desk.

Hyde Park Barracks

Close to the bone at Hyde Park Barracks MuseumMonday 4 July 2016

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