As a part of our study of Crime and Punishment the Year 9 History Elective class travelled to Sydney to visit the Police and Justice Museum and the Big Dig at the Rocks.
At the Police and Justice Museum the students studied artefacts related to the Pyjama Girl Mystery. They acted out a section of the trial of George Agostini who was found guilty of manslaughter after killing his wife, Linda Agostini after a ten year investigation into the case. Through this experience the students were able to look at how policing and trials have changed over time. Unanimously, the most popular exhibit at this museum was the room with the range of weapons and mugshots from the 1920s and 1930s, which included guns, knives and maces owned by the infamous Razor Gangs of Sydney.
We finished the day at The Big Dig at the Rocks. Through the studying life of forger George Legg, the students were able to understand what life was like for the former convicts in Colonial Australia. The students were able to walk through the remains of George’s house whilst hearing the story of his life. They finished the day by analysing glass, ceramic and metal objects discovered at the site. This hands-on activity allowed the students to practise their archaeological skills developed earlier in the year.
Thanks to Mrs Lothian for organising this excursion and allowing the students to experience the History on our doorstep.