Museum of Brisbane

Brisbane’s Convict Stories

Brisbane's Convict Stories

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 Brisbane’s Convict Stories program is an immersive experience that draws on historical content from the award-winning Life in Irons exhibition to uncover the personal stories and harsh realities of convict life.

Students will participate in a number of different activities. A puzzle game adventure created by Tim Monley of Folly Games sees students collaborate in small groups to complete tasks and solve puzzles on three convict characters. 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 and nature of the penal colony and its impact on Aboriginal people.

This program is offered as both an incursion and excursion opportunity for schools and other groups. If undertaken at the Museum, the program can include a tour of the permanent Perspectives of Brisbane exhibition. Perspectives of Brisbane explores Brisbane’s past and present and how its people, places and environments interact by tracing the social history of our city from multiple perspectives. Discover the lives of historical figures such as Aboriginal leader Dundalli and Governor of New South Wales Sir Thomas Brisbane and their impact on the Brisbane area through original objects and contemporary artworks.

A free learning resource will be available later in the year to download to complement your Brisbane’s Convict Stories experience.

Year levels 4 – 6
Group size 20 max. per session for excursions,

30 max. per session for incursions,

multiple groups per day

Duration 210mins (excursion)

120mins (incursion)

Program type Incursion or excursion
Program activities Puzzle Game and Hands-on Workshop

and Tour (excursion only)

Curriculum links History, Humanities and Social Sciences

For bookings, please complete our MoB Learn booking form and email to our MoB Learn team.

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