Convict life

Analysing the artefact

What is this?

Question: Have a look at the object. How big do you think it is?

Question: What do you think it is made from?

Question: Now you can see the actual size of it, what do you think it was used for?

Question: What does this object tell us about convicts and their free time at the barracks?

Student activity

Woman in vdieo with overlay of activity sheet.

Activity: draw a convict from an indent

Watch this short video and learn how to use an original Convict Indent listing to draw a real convict

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Close up view of an animal skeleton

Digging up the past

Use this animal skeleton, found at the site of First Government House, to develop students’ archaeological investigation skills and knowledge of animal biology

3D model of a bone object

Toys in the past

Let your Stage 1 students explore this 3D mystery object to find out more about games played by children and adults in the past

3d model of a block of terrace houses

Susannah Place

Take a closer look at this 3D scan of Susannah Place, as shown in our Virtual Excursion ‘Solve It Using Sources’

3D model of a stone object

The Gold Rush

How does this object relate to the Gold Rush and, if you struck lucky, what could a gold sovereign buy you in the 1850s?