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Brisbane Convict Stories

Examine the lives of convicts in Brisbane – how they lived, their jobs and their past by solving puzzles, drafting convict era maps and touring social history exhibitions.

Program Overview

Journey back in time to Brisbane’s colonial past and discover what life was like for inhabitants of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony and the Aboriginal peoples on whose traditional custodial lands it was established.

Brisbane’s Convict Stories program is an immersive experience that draws on historical content from the award-winning Life in Irons exhibition to uncover the personal stories and harsh realities of convict and Aboriginal lives.

Students will engage with research material by Brisbane historians Dr Ray Kerkhove and Dr Jennifer Harrison, including a map of inner Brisbane prior to the first British Colony, and respond to historically significant maps and documents from the Queensland State Archives.

These elements, combined with a creative map-making activity, will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the landscape, the nature of the penal colony and its impact on Aboriginal people.

Program Details

Audience: Primary, Suitable for Grades 4 – 6
Curriculum Areas:Humanities and Social Sciences
Fees:  Excursion $290 per session
Incursion $320 per session
*all fees are GST inclusive.
Supervising adults free.
Duration: 120 -180 mins
Options: MoB Learn Monday Excursion or Incursion


Convict Puzzle Workshop:
Engage in a puzzle game adventure created by Tim Monley of Folly Games which sees students collaborate in small groups to solve puzzles, riddles and questions relating to three convict characters. Investigate maps, documents and images from the British colony supplied by Queensland State Archives to assist in solving your challenge.

Map Making Workshop:
Design your own Brisbane convict location using original maps and documents sourced from the Queensland State Archives.

Exhibition tour (Excursion):
Explore Museum of Brisbane’s fascinating and informative social history exhibitions in a guided tour led by Museum Educators. Examine objects and art works from significant moments in Brisbane’s past. Content will depend on exhibitions open at the time of booking and will be tailored to the grade.

Book or Make an Enquiry

If you would like to book or make an enquiry about this Learn Program, please fill out the form linked below.