Wanted! Bushrangers Live Event

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
26 November 2020
Up to 45 minutes presenter-led program including virtual presentation and time for questions
Session Offered
2 pm
Maximum Students
30 per session
Supervision ratios

At least one supervising teacher must be online with the students at all times.

Additional Visitor Costs

No charge.

About the program

Come face to face with bushrangers at the Justice & Police Museum during Sydney Living Museums’ next live online event via Zoom. 

Bushrangers roamed the countryside from the early days of the colony. They struck fear into the hearts of law-abiding citizens and committed terrible crimes. The discovery of gold caused a huge rise in bushranging and during the 1860s hundreds of men were arrested and punished. Yet today, despite their crimes, bushrangers are sometimes thought of as heroes or larrikins – because they challenged police and broke the law. But at the time they were active most people thought they were just criminals who belonged in jail.

For pre-visit activities for your class check out: slm.is/bushrangers

During this interactive session students will have the opportunity to: 

  • Hear from bushrangers, including the notorious Captain Moonlite
  • Think like historians – looking at evidence including objects, artworks and documents
  • Watch a bushranger trial – learn about the consequences for bushrangers who were caught
  • Create a ‘Wanted!’ poster – start it during the session and finish it in class

 Creative Arts activity

At the end of the session we will introduce an activity to follow it - to design your own 'Wanted Poster' for Moonlite, the bushranger we meet in the session (factsheet will be provided).

In your poster you need to consider your perspective on Moonlite, and highlight the features that aptly draw the bushranger's character.

What you will need 

  • You can choose to do the poster on paper or via your laptops on a program such as Paint.
  • Students will use the fact sheet on the bushrangers that we will provide via a link.


Curriculum Links

Creative Art K-6 Syllabus
Stage 3

  • Making VAS3.1; VAS3.2
  • Appreciating VAS3

History (NSW Syllabus for the National Curriculum)
Stage 3

Key inquiry questions:

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




Bookings can be made via DART Connections at: https://connections01.worldsecuresystems.com/excursions/wanted-bushrange...