Make a convict love token

Event information

Coin with inscribed design and initials EWN and CD inside love heart.
Cornelius Donovan, convict love token, inscribed in 1825, front. Hyde Park Barracks Collection, Photo © Penny Clay for Sydney Living Museums

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
2pm, Tue 24 March 2020
30 minutes

Update: Sydney Living Museums and the NSW Department of Education Distance and Rural Technologies (DART) team regret to advise that this planned virtual excursion Make a Convict Love Token scheduled for Tuesday 24 March will be postponed until a date yet to be announced
We plan to go ahead with this and other exciting vitual excursions as soon as it is possible for us to do so. We will contact you directly when a new date is announced. You can also find out more about our curriculum-linked resources and online learning our website.

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Bring your students to the newly renovated Hyde Park Barracks via video conference and learn about and make a convict love token.

Your students will look at some convict love tokens with curator Mel Flyte and find out the stories of the convicts who made them – one is from a female convict which is very rare.

Convict love tokens give us a personal perspective – that of the convict. They are hand-made, and were passed from one person to another during a time of sadness. Love tokens represent the heartbreak of being separated from family and friends. Finally your students will make one themselves (they will need to finish them in class time after the video conference).

What you need

Measure and cut out a cardboard disc 10-15cm in diameter.

Tip - using a range of coloured cardboard is encouraged, so that the students' base materials are varied.

Teachers need to have these things organised for the class to use.

Decoration – how will you decorate it?

What patterns or design would you like to use?

What different kinds of art techniques could you use?

Materials – what would you like to use?

Collage/ photos/ stitching/ drawing/ painting/ printmaking – anything you like!

See activity and students examples from Milthorpe PS here:

Curriculum links

Creative Art K-6 Syllabus

Stage 2

Making VAS2.1; VAS2.2

Appreciating VAS2.3

Stage 3

Making VAS3.1; VAS3.2

Appreciating VAS3

History (NSW Syllabus for the National Curriculum)

Stage 2

HT2-4 describes and explains the effects of British colonisation in Australia

HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

Stage 3

HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

HT3-3 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

Make your booking directly through DART Connections:

View more booking information via our virtual excursions page.

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Related excursions

An exciting suite of new excursions at the Hyde Park Barracks are now available to book.

Find out more