To mark the 10th anniversary of its inscription on the World Heritage list, Old Government House is hosting a new exhibition Transportation, on loan from Fremantle Prison.
Through a series of panels, Transportation tells the stories of individual convicts sent to Australia and the impact forced migration had upon their lives as well as the major impact convictism played in shaping Australian society.
More than 165,000 men, women and children were transported from Great Britain and Ireland to Australia as punishment for their crimes between 1788 and 1868. Convicts contributed to all aspects of colonial life, from exploration, land clearing and farming to the construction of roads, bridges and public buildings, many of which are still in use today.
Old Government House is one such building, built from convict bricks and rendered to look like stone. It, along with Fremantle Prison and nine other places make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage listing. Together they tell a story of exile from one side of the world to the other and how a new nation was formed from hardship, inequality and adversity. In recognition of this, collectively they were inscribed on the World Heritage list on 31st July 2010.
This exhibition offers an opportunity for visitors to compare the experiences of convicts at the eleven different sites and delve into the phenomenon of transportation in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
- Transportation was developed by Fremantle Prison and is made up of panels only.
- Please note that this exhibition is only accessible via a flight of stairs.
- Tickets to Old Government House includes entry into the exhibition.