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Wild Colonial Bag

Warning: Visitors should be aware that this resource includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Unpack Australian colonial history

The Wild Colonial Bag on-site program is tailored for teachers leading self-guided student groups and includes pre- and post-visit resources.

The activities support the Australian Curriculum, suit different learning styles and let you explore migrant experiences, the impacts of colonialism, the age of paddle-steamers and much more.

Bookings are essential ph. 02 6208 5345 or email

You may want to use our Wild Colonial Bag map of the Museum (PDF 1.3mb)

  • Stone tools
  • artefacts
    Look out!
  • bow of a paddle-steamer
    Full steam ahead
  • a ceramic bedpan
    Pots ‘n’ Pox
  • a photo of a quokka holding a part of a yellow leaf
    Competing Histories
  • A convict token
    Take a Chance
  • bits of broken ceramics
    Sydney Spies
  • A photo of an old brick
    A Capital Home
  • A photo of a wooden spinning top with a white background. Top lefthand corner there are white gloved fingers holding the stick part.
    Flip and Spin