Make a convict love token

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)
25 June 2020, 2pm
30 minutes
Bring your students to the newly renovated Hyde Park Barracks via video conference and learn about and make a convict love token.

This live video conference allows students engage directly with educators and curators and provides activities linked to history, literacy, and creative arts. It is suitable for students in Stages 2 and 3.

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).

More resources to extend students’ understanding of the convict experience are available from Sydney Living Museums’  Learning Resources page.

Ask your questions

During the virtual excursion you can ask questions via the Zoom Q&A chat function at the bottom of your screen. We'll endeavour to have our curator answer them during the excursion.

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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