‘Perish or Prosper’ at the Hyde Park Barracks

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Hyde Park Barracks Museum Excursion Information
Hyde Park Barracks Museum Risk Assessment [March 2018]

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $190 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour 30 minutes
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $8.

About the program

The Hyde Park Barracks was built between 1817-1819 as accommodation for male convicts – forced immigrants who were pushed to NSW as punishment. Between 1819-1848 some 50,000 men experienced the rules and regulations of this government institution. In 1848 the building was transformed into Sydney’s Female Immigration Depot. For the next 38 years it was a temporary haven for at least 40,000 single women, and their children, who were being pulled to NSW by the opportunity for a better life.

Students will use a variety of primary sources to investigate some of the experiences convicts had during their departure and voyage to NSW, as well as their reactions upon arriving in the colony. They will also work as historians, using maps, paintings, newspapers and personal accounts to discover how Sydney changed between 1820-1850, and take part in an investigation that combines archaeological artefacts with archival records, to answer inquiry questions about a specific group of female immigrants who stayed in the building between 1848-51 – young Irish orphan girls who were survivors of the Great Irish Famine. In learning about the experiences of convicts and female immigrants at the Barracks, students will identify different perspectives and empathise with the actions and values of people in this historical period.

Cost Scale

Up to 20 Students: $190
Up to 40 Students: $370
Up to 60 Students: $550
Up to 80 Students: $725
Up to 100 Students: $865
Up to 120 Students: $1,010
Up to 140 Students: $1,080
Up to 160 Students: $1,155

Confirmation, payment and cancellation

You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing.


Stage 5 History

The Making of the Modern World

Depth Study 1b: Movement of Peoples (1750-1901)

Key inquiry question:

  • What were the changing features of the movement of peoples from 1750-1918?


HT5-1 explains and assesses the historical forces and factors that shaped the modern world and Australia

HT5-2 sequences and explains the significant patterns of continuity and change in the development of the modern world and Australia

HT5-4 explains and analyses the causes and effects of events and developments in the modern world and Australia

HT5-6 uses relevant evidence from sources to support historical narratives, explanations and analyses of the modern world and Australia

Complementary programs: The Pyjama Girl Murder: A Case Study; Perish or Prosper at Elizabeth Farm

Great incorporation of primary source material – really engaged students in conducting their own historical inquiry and provided them with a good sense of the diversity of migration and convict experiences.

We will be back!

Teacher, 2018

Plan Your Visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Temporary closure of Hyde Park Barracks Museum

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks will be closed during terms 1–3 in 2019 for a major renewal project. The museum will reopen in late 2019. A suite of exciting new education programs will be available from Term 1, 2020.

Contact our Bookings team for alternative excursion options and sign up to our Education eNews to stay up-to-date.


Please call 02 8239 2211 to enquire.

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Alternatively, you may wish to consider our education programs at these nearby sites, which are also located in the Sydney CBD: