Making Good – Curator’s Tour

Join Anna Ridley, Old Government House curator for a special tour of Making Good, and find out more about the convict artisans featured in the exhibition.

Find out how convicts used their ingenuity, skill, perseverance, and entrepreneurship to ultimately gain their freedom in the colony, and helped to build a modern settlement in the process in this behind the scenes peek at Old Government House’s new exhibition, Making Good: Convict Artisans in Exile.

Learn more about these artisans including James Oatley, Laurence Butler, Alexander Hart, Joseph Lycett, and James Bloodsworth, and discover their complex relationships with the governors and Old Government House, and how their works went on to furnish the homes of the early elite.

Our Curator will take you deeper into the lives of these early Australian artisans and explore in greater depth how their works contributed to the growth of the colony, and to the development of a rich history of decorative arts. From furniture to silverware, art and textiles, convicts contributed to, and furnished, all aspects of society.

Offered as part of wider tour dates, 24 March – 24 November 2022.

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Old Government House, Pitt Street, Parramatta, New South Wales

2pm - 3pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 24, Children $ Free, Concession $ 20, Family $ 45, Members $ 10
Onsite facilities: