A New Home: Female migrants at the Barracks

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
$65 per class, discounts available for multiple concurrent classes
Up to 45 minutes presenter-led program including virtual presentation and time for questions
Session Offered
Wednesday and Thursday
Maximum Students
30 per session
Supervision ratios

At least one supervising teacher must be online with the students at all times.

Additional Visitor Costs

No charge.

About the program

In this new virtual excursion, your Stage 3 class will connect live with a museum educator and learn about female Irish orphans who migrated to Australia in the 1800s and stayed at the Hyde Park Barracks. 

Students will look at the factors that led the women to migrate from Ireland, what their journey was like and what happened to them once they were here. They will look inside the Barracks and see the current exhibition as viewing a range of sources, including some of the objects these women brought with them. Students will also hear from an ancestor of one of the women and consider the importance of oral history. Finally they will complete an empathy activity by considering what they would put in their trunks if they were migrating to another country, in a similar situation to these women.

Curriculum links

History - Stage 3 The Australian Colonies


HT3 1 – describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia. 
HT3 2 – describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time. 
HT3 5 – applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication. 


Analysis and Use of Sources; Empathetic Understanding; Perspectives and Interpretations


Continuity and Change; Empathetic Understanding; Significance 


To book a Virtual Excursion program, please contact SLM Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211 or email bookings@slm.com.au

To book Live Event video conferences, please use DART Connections.

Once we receive your booking information via DART Connections a confirmation email will be sent that includes connectivity and payment details. 

Virtual Excursion booking conditions:

  • Maximum class size is 30 students and a teacher must be present at all times during the virtual excursion.
  • Sessions will last for a maximum of 45 minutes including time for students to ask questions.
  • Pre-event material will be sent to the teacher via email and teachers are asked to ensure that the students are well prepared for the lesson as outlined.
  • The sessions, artworks, film and sound clips are protected by copyright and may not be recorded, reproduced or used in any way without the express written consent of Sydney Living Museums.