Museum of Brisbane

Avatar 1839

Avatar 1839

Life in Irons: Brisbane’s convict stories provides a vivid insight into daily life in the Moreton Bay penal settlement using original official documents, personal accounts and maps alongside immersive new technologies. The exhibition offers a rare chance to view some of the few remaining official documents from Brisbane’s convict past.

Take on an avatar and step back into the convict world of Brisbane in 1839. Students will become a character, discovering their personal history, role-playing their interactions with others and recreating the work days of hard toil in the fledgling city. Avatar 1839 includes a guided tour of Life in Irons plus a series of hands-on, interactive activities that will bring to life the history of our city’s past.

Year levels 4 – 5
Group size 20 – 60
Duration 2 hours
Program type Hands-on workshop + Tour
Curriculum links History, Humanities and Social Sciences, English, The Arts
Cost See Avatar 1839 Learning Resource PDF

For pricing, session details and Australian Curriculum links download Avatar 1839 Learning resource


To speak with our education team regarding possible offerings for your class please email or call 07 3339 0823.