A New Home: Female migrants 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 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.

Post–excursion in–class activity

Extend your excursion with this in–class activity: A new home [PDF]

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 


School bookings

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

SLM Bookings at +61 2 8239 2211
or email bookings@slm.com.au

    Home-school bookings

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

    • Tuesday 2 March 2021 - 1pm 
    • Wednesday 9 June 2021 - 2pm
    • September 9 2021 - 10:30am

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