The Last Bushranger

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. Bookings close strictly at 4pm on Wednesday for all sessions in the following week.
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

During this virtual program students connect live with a museum educator to investigate the significance and effect of the gold rush in New South Wales - including the rise and fall of bushranging.

How did the discovery of gold drastically change the colony's fortune? And what role did the Royal Sydney Mint play, in revolutionising Australia's economy?

Drawing on a range of police records, and using the experience of New South Wales' last bushranger, Captain Moonlite, students will also learn about the nature of bushranging between 1850 and 1880. 

What crimes did these men commit, what weapons did they use, and how did advances in technology - such as railways and communications - help the NSW Police fight back, and get the upper hand?

Importantly, during this interactive program students will see objects, artworks and sources - and work like historians to indentify and evaluate evidence.

Post-excursion in-class activity

Extend your virtual excursion with this in-class activity: Beware! Bushrangers sighed! morse code [PDF]

Curriculum links

Stage 3 History

The Australian Colonies:

  • HT-3-1 describes & explains the significance of people, groups, places & events to the development of Australia.
  • HT-3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication.

Key inquiry questions:

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


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 30 November 2021 - 9:30am

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