Making Good: Convict Artisans in Exile

Making Good explores the lives of convict artisans who used their skills to transform their place of exile into a thriving modern settlement.

Making Good will tell the stories of skilled convicts connected to Old Government House and more broadly the colony. The exhibition explores how those forcibly banished to the antipodes used their skills and acumen to become independent businesspeople who furnished the homes of their captors. These convicts were instrumental in transforming a place of exile into a modern settlement with a thriving local economy.

Through an exploration of convict artisan crafts, we turn the lens onto convict ingenuity, skill, perseverance, and entrepreneurship. Bereft of family and exiled from their home, convicts produced and sold their wares to ultimately gain their freedom in the colony, seizing all opportunities. While this exhibition showcases the artisan and exquisitely made wares made by convict hands, the exhibition is fundamentally about the lives of these people told through their objects.

Offered to the public as part of wider exhibition dates, 5 March – 27 November 2022.

Don’t miss the other special events hosted as part of the Making Good exhibition throughout the Australian Heritage Festival, including a Curator’s Tour, Spoon Carving Workshop, Still Life Painting Workshop, and an interactive school holiday program for the whole family to enjoy.

Event dates

Event Details

Old Government House, Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance Parramatta 2150 NSW

10am - 4pm, Thursday - Sunday.

Entry fees:
Adults $ 15, Children $ Free, Concession $ 10, Family $ 35, Members $ Free
Booking: via Eventbrite where possible, to guarantee a spot, unless you are redeeming a Service NSW $25 Discover voucher. You are welcome to use your voucher at this National Trust property when you purchase your tickets upon arrival.
Onsite facilities: