Yrs 4 & 5 Convict Sleep Over at Hyde Park Barracks
Years 4 and 5 will be convicts for one unforgettable night at the Hyde Park Barracks. They will be lodged in the convict dormitories where tens of thousands of convicts slept between 1819 and 1848. This is as close as anyone can get to experiencing the life of a convict.
The student convicts will be lined up for inspection and issued with a convict shirt before being assigned to a work gang. Convict overseers will lead them through the barracks by lamplight, show them their lodgings and share some of the dark stories of convict life.
Hard-working convicts will be rewarded with stories about thieves and tricksters and will be shown how to play some convict games.
All rise at dawn and dress for the morning muster before tucking into a typical convict breakfast.
Convicts are advised that obedience, cleanliness and order are expected at all times. Behave well and they’ll receive a ticket of leave.
6pm – Under lock & key
Convicts are mustered, issued with a convict shirt and given an identity.
6.30pm–7.15pm – Regulation rations
Convicts sit down for supper, the menu inspired by typical convict fare.
7.15pm–8pm – Dark deeds & misdemeanours
Experience a lantern-lit tour of the barracks.
8pm–9pm – Pastimes
Play knuckles, ‘chuck-penny’, dominoes or marbles, or create a keepsake.
8.30pm–9pm – Cleanliness & order
Prepare for bed.
9pm–9.30pm – Thieves, tricksters & swindlers
Hear stories about past convict characters.
9.30pm – Sleep, and dream of a new life
Climb into hammocks in the dormitory and then it’s ‘lights out’.
6am – Rise at dawn
Be woken by the sound of the morning bell.
6.30am – All in line
Dress and get ready for the morning muster.
7am – ‘You don’t starve but you’re always hungry’
Convicts have a typical breakfast.
7.30am – Freedom at last!
Receive a ‘Ticket of Leave’ to be released from Hyde Park Barracks.