Convict Work at the Barracks

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
$65 per class (up to 30 students per class)
Up to 45 minutes presenter-led program including virtual presentation and time for questions
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
One class (30) per session (when students are learning from home); Three classes (90) per session (when students learning from school)
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 2 class will connect live with a museum educator and learn about how convicts lived and worked at the Hyde Park Barracks in the early 19th century. 

Students will examine a range of historical sources, including the World Heritage-listed building, and investigate some of the work done by the male convicts who lived at the Hyde Park Barracks. Students will see how the bricks from which the Barracks was built were made by hand; and find clues left behind by convict brick makers. 

Post-excursion in-class activity

Extend your virtual excursion with this in-class activity: Draw a convict from an Indent

Curriculum links

Stage 2 History 

First Contacts:

HT2-4 Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
HT2-5 Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication


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


Continuity and Change; Empathetic Understanding; Significance


School bookings

To book a Virtual Excursion program for your school class, please contact:

SLM Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211
or email

    Home-school bookings

    Special sessions are reserved for home-schooled students in 2021:

    • Tuesday 2 March 2021 - 10:30am 
    • Wednesday 9 June 2021 - 11:30am
    • September 9 2021 - 2pm

    Bookings are now open for these home-school sessions. Cost: $10 per student per session.