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The World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks is one of the most significant convict sites in the world. A crossroads for tens of thousands of people, it played a central role in the world’s largest and longest-running system of convict transportation.
In May 1819 Hyde Park Barracks opened to house convict men working in government gangs around Sydney.
With the end of transportation, the main building was converted into Sydney's female Immigration Depot in 1848.
From 1887 Hyde Park Barracks was taken over by courts and government offices and became a bustling legal centre for Sydney.
1979 – present
Restored and excavated in NSW's first publicly-funded archaeological dig, the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks is now a museum about itself.
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Top 10 convict artefacts from Hyde Park Barracks: 1819-1848
Worn, torn, crafted, mended, stored, hidden, traded, gambled, or adapted by convicts – these convict artefacts found at Hyde Park Barracks are amongst the rarest and most personal artefacts to have survived from Australia’s early convict period.
Between 1819 and 1848, convicts living at Hyde Park Barracks were employed mostly by the government and known as ‘government men’. Barracks convicts had a different life from those who were assigned to work for free settlers.