Make a Convict Love Token

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Bookings are closed for this excursion.

Bring your students to the newly renovated Hyde Park Barracks via video conference and learn about and make a convict love token. Your students will look at some convict love tokens with curator Fiona Starr and find out the stories of the convicts who made them – one is from a female convict which is very rare. Convict love tokens give us a personal perspective – that of the convict. They are hand-made, and were passed from one person to another during a time of sadness. Love tokens represent the heartbreak of being separated from family and friends. Finally your students will make one themselves (they will need to finish them in class time after the video conference).


What you need:

Measure and cut out a cardboard disc 10-15cm in diameter.


TIP - using a range of coloured cardboard is encouraged, so that the students' base materials are varied.

Teachers need to have these things organised for the class to use.


Decoration – how will you decorate it?

What patterns or design would you like to use?

What different kinds of art techniques could you use?


Materials – what would you like to use?

Collage/ photos/ stitching/ drawing/ painting/ printmaking – anything you like!


See activity and students examples from Milthorpe PS here:


Bookings are closed for this excursion.

Excursion Details

Provider Provider Sydney Living Museums (Historic Houses Trust)
Presenter Presenter Fiona Starr
Contact Details Contact Details [email protected] 02 8239 2288
Date & Time Date & Time 24-Mar-2020 14:00
Duration Duration 30 mins
Bookings Close Bookings Close 23 March 2020
Availability Availability DEC: 200 Positions Available Non-DEC: 200 Positions Available
Price Price FREE
Stage 2,Stage 3
Year 3,Year 4,Year 5,Year 6
Creative Arts,English,History
Designing and Making,Modern History,Visual Arts
Convict; love tokens; Hyde Park Barracks; Australia Colonies

Booking Instructions

Both NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) schools and non-DEC schools are welcome to attend Sydney Living Museums (SLM) videoconferences via DART Connections. 

Please ensure you test your connection prior to booking. Here is the test number:

For NSW DEC Schools: 601021952

For ALL other schools:


A different number will be emailed to you once you have booked this event.

* We can take bookings for schools who use Zoom video conferencing software, but it is imperative you have performed a successful connection test before booking.


Make a Convict Love Token  is a free live event.

It will be available via video conferencing and also streamed on YouTube Live.

You must register your attendance on the DART website for either live stream viewing or using video conferencing equipment.

A YouTube Live link and a video conferencing number will be emailed to registered participants prior to the session so you can join the event. 

Further Information

Creative Art K-6 Syllabus


Stage 2

Making VAS2.1; VAS2.2;

Appreciating VAS2.3



Stage 3

Making VAS3.1; VAS3.2;

Appreciating VAS3



History (NSW Syllabus for the National Curriculum)

Stage 2

HT2-4 describes and explains the effects of British colonisation in Australia

HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication



Stage 3

HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

HT3-3 Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

Further Information

The Learning Team
Naomi Manning
t. 02 8239 2473
e. [email protected]


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