Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
$120 per class per session (maximum 30 students). This includes downloadable support material for the teacher and students. Schools with small class sizes may be eligible for reduced rates - please contact us for details.
1 hour
Maximum Students

Sydney Living Museums is pleased to offer this engaging virtual excursion about troopers, trackers and bushrangers in the gold rush era. This program is available to primary schools across Australia and around the world and allows your students to interact live with our mounted trooper presenter.


Suitable for Years 5 and 6 (ages 10-12).


Stage 3 History

The Australian Colonies

Key inquiry questions:

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

HT3-5 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication


In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1880s to meet a mounted trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the challenges of policing during the gold rush, and how the NSW police finally gained the advantage over bushrangers.

Students engage in group work activities to examine and interpret a range of historical sources, including objects from the collection of the Justice & Police Museum, original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. Based on the evidence, they formulate their own answer to the inquiry question: ‘Were bushrangers heroes or villains?’


Please see resources listed to the right of the screen.

Please read the pre-session Teacher Notes in advance of your scheduled booking and ensure that your students are prepared for their virtual excursion as outlined.


Scheduled sessions are listed on our Virtual Excursions booking information page.

Here you will also find important information on how to make a booking.



Law of the Land: pre-session teacher notes
Law of the Land: post session teacher notes
Kepi cap template (print A3)