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Rogue nation, 2009: Democracy and the colony of NSW

This clip is an excerpt from the 2009 documentary 'Honour among thieves', the first of a two-part television series entitled 'Rogue nation'. In a dramatised re-enactment, British Commissioner John Thomas Bigge investigates the colony of NSW in 1819. He is advised by John Macarthur, a member of the 'exclusives' class of ...


Rogue nation, 2009: NSW in 1819, convict gulag or place of opportunity?

This clip is an excerpt from the 2009 documentary 'Rites of passage', the second of a two-part series entitled 'Rogue nation'. The clip begins with historian Michael Cathcart providing contextual information about England in the early 1800s. He says that in the midst of the industrial revolution, millions of people were ...


Two convicts steal a place in history, 2009

'Two convicts steal a place in history' is a video excerpt from the documentary 'Rites of Passage' - the second episode of the two-part series entitled 'Rogue Nation' produced in 2009. In this clip, two soldiers in colonial NSW steal a piece of cloth with the intention of getting caught. In 'Rogue Nation' historian Michael ...


William Wentworth: 'currency lad', 2009

This video clip focuses on William Wentworth, the colonial-born son of a convict, destined to become a loud charismatic press baron, publicist, barrister and patriot. 'William Wentworth: "currency lad"' is an excerpt from the documentary 'Rites of Passage' - the second episode of the two-part series entitled 'Rogue Nation' ...


'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game, 1850-69

This is a 'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game made in England between 1850 and 1869. The game board is a hand-coloured lithograph mounted on linen. There is a printed rule card, six painted ship pieces with stands and a cardboard teetotum, all of which would have been stored in a wooden case with an illustrated ...

Moving Image

A flogging for a pair of boots

Times were tough for prisoners in Britain in the 1800s. People were 'transported' for committing even minor crimes. In the colonies, conditions for convicts were harsh and punishments were even worse. This clip is one in a series of four.

Interactive resource

Samuel Cooper: putting the rabble to work

Play the role of a Commandant’s Clerk at Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1843. Examine the appearance, character and skills of a group of convicts. Assign the convicts to appropriate work at Port Arthur, according to their skills and experience. Explore the life stories of real convicts on which the fictional characters are based.


The Land That Waited, 1963: Creating a new life

This black-and-white clip from the ABC television series 'The Land That Waited' shows a montage of paintings and drawings accompanied by narration, describing how the early colonists of New South Wales longed for home and viewed Australia through British eyes. The first part of the clip focuses on the colonists rejecting ...


Ghosts of Port Arthur, c1932: Port Arthur

This black-and-white clip from a travelogue made about 1932 shows the large stone ruins of the Port Arthur prison settlement, and re-enactments of convict life. In voice-over the narrator reflects on the early years of the settlement and the convicts who built it. Re-enacted scenes show convicts labouring in chains supervised ...


Convicts in Tasmania

Convicts were transported to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) from 1803 until 1853, and many were still serving their sentences in the 1870s. This multimedia collection of 16 digital curriculum resources includes sketches, prints, photographs, film footage, a learning object and a traditional song. It is organised into four ...


'Bound for Botany Bay' - transportation of convicts to New South Wales

This is a collection of 11 digital curriculum resources focusing on the transportation of convicts to the colony of New South Wales. The collection is organised into four categories - the hulks; the First Fleet; the colony's penal stations; and items forming part of the uniforms believed to have been worn by convicts in ...


Convict artists of New South Wales

This is a collection of 22 digital curriculum resources focusing on three convict artists who were transported to New South Wales between 1791 and 1814 - Thomas Watling, Richard Browne and Joseph Lycett. The collection reflects the subjects that interested the artists in the new colony and includes a scene of the Sydney ...

Teacher resource

Bound for Botany Bay - unit of work

Students investigate and retell the stories of the convicts on the First Fleet to gain an understanding of the first European settlement of Australia. They present their stories in a print or digital journal as well as a living history tableau.


Extension of settlement in the Australian colonies

This is a collection of 26 digital curriculum resources focusing on the extension of settlement in the Australian colonies and the factors that influenced patterns of settlement. The resources are grouped into six categories - maps of the extension of settlement; the extension of penal settlements; exploration; pastoral ...


'For the term of his natural life', 1927 - asset 2

This is a still image of a scene from the 1927 silent era film 'For the term of his natural life' based on the epic story by Marcus Clarke of Rufus Dawes, an English aristocrat wrongfully convicted of murder and transported to the Port Arthur penal settlement in Tasmania. The image depicts the flogging of Dawes by a fellow ...


Convicts at work, Norfolk Island, 1840s

This is a hand-coloured wood engraving, measuring 10.3 cm x 24 cm, used to illustrate a newspaper article published on 12 June 1847. It shows a group of convicts undertaking hard physical work, making a bridge over a shallow stream. Uniformed and armed guards are evident, although the convicts appear to be working under ...


Ruins of the Model Prison, Port Arthur, 1911-15

This is a sepia-toned photograph measuring 8.2 cm x 13.2 cm. It shows the ruins of the Model Prison at Port Arthur, Tasmania. A semicircular brick wall has three barred doors that open to exercise yards. A fourth door is open, showing another brick wall with steps leading up to the closed door of a solitary confinement ...


'Port Arthur during occupation, A.D. 1860'

This is a sepia-toned black-and-white photograph measuring 8.8 cm x 13.6 cm, taken from an elevated vantage point behind a cottage in the township of Port Arthur, looking across Manson Cove with its wooden wharves to Settlement Hill. It shows the Port Arthur Penitentiary (the large building in the centre of the image), ...


'Underground cells, Point Puer', c1911-15

This is a sepia-toned black-and-white photograph (3.4 cm x 8.6 cm) showing the entrance to two cells of the former Point Puer Boys' Prison in Tasmania. The entrances are brick archways built into the side of a hill and are surrounded by bushland; there are numerous trees behind the brick structures. Text at the base of ...


'View of the town of Sydney in the colony of New South Wales'

This oil painting, measuring 65 cm x 133 cm and painted around 1799, shows a very early view of the penal settlement of Sydney Town, approximately 12 years after first settlement (1788). It was probably painted in Britain from on-the-spot sketches made by the convict artist Thomas Watling (1762-c1814). The panorama takes ...