Applications are now closed. however we would like to invite eligible schools to register their expression of interest if this program becomes available at a later date.
Adults will be accommodated with the students in the Hammock Room and will be responsible for overnight supervision of the students from 9.30pm to 6am.
Tuesdays or Wednesdays during school terms.
Muster your convicts for the Convict Sleepover at the Hyde Park Barracks where they will be lodged, for one unforgettable night, in the convict dormitories where tens of thousands of convicts slept between 1819 and 1848. This is as close as you’ll get to experiencing the life of a convict.
They’ll be lined up for inspection and issued with a convict shirt before being assigned to a work gang. Convict overseers will lead them through the barracks by lamplight, show them their lodgings and share some of the dark stories of convict life.
‘You don’t starve but you’re always hungry’. See how they fare on the regulation rations.
Hard-working convicts will be rewarded with stories about thieves and tricksters and are shown how to play some convict games. Let the convict overseers show you the rules, but don’t let them cheat!
All rise at dawn and dress for the morning muster before tucking into a typical convict breakfast.
Convicts are advised that obedience, cleanliness and order are expected at all times. Behave well and they’ll receive a ticket of leave.
6pm – Under lock & key
Convicts are mustered, issued with a convict shirt and given an identity.
6.30pm–7.15pm – Regulation rations
Convicts sit down for supper, the menu inspired by typical convict fare.
7.15pm–8pm – Dark deeds & misdemeanours
Experience a lantern-lit tour of the barracks.
8pm–9pm – Pastimes
Play knuckles, ‘chuck-penny’, dominoes or marbles, or create a keepsake.
8.30pm–9pm – Cleanliness & order
Prepare for bed.
9pm–9.30pm – Thieves, tricksters & swindlers
Hear stories about past convict characters.
9.30pm – Sleep, and dream of a new life
Climb into hammocks in the dormitory and then it’s ‘lights out’.
6am – Rise at dawn
Be woken by the sound of the morning bell.
6.30am – All in line
Dress and get ready for the morning muster.
7am – ‘You don’t starve but you’re always hungry’
Convicts have a typical breakfast.
7.30pm – Freedom at last!
Receive a ‘Ticket of Leave' to be released from Hyde Park Barracks.
Schools in regional and rural NSW are eligible to apply. This program is open only to schools from regional and rural NSW, covering Hunter and Central Coast, Illawarra and South East, New England, North Coast, Riverina and Western NSW
The program is suitable for students in Stages 2 and 3.