Old Government House - Making Good: Curator’s Tour

Old Government House - Making Good: Curator’s Tour

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Old Government House

Parramatta Park

Pitt Street Entrance

Parramatta, NSW 2150


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Join our curator for a special tour of Making Good, and find out more about the convict artisans featured in the exhibition.

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Old Government House Entry & Making Good Exhibition: Curator's Talk

Please note that each talk will be strictly limited to 20 people so bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Join the Old Government House Curator, Anna Ridley, on the fourth Thursday of the month for a behind the scenes peek at Making Good: Convict Artisans in Exile.

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.

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.

The curator’s tour will appeal to anyone with a thirst to learn more about the behind the scenes process that goes into creating an exhibition and the remarkable stories uncovered along the way.

A ticket to the curator’s tour also includes all day access to Old Government House and the Making Good exhibition so you can take your time to explore the property and exhibition before and after the tour. The tour will run for 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions at the end.

Access: Please note the exhibition in located on the top floor of Old Government House, up a flight of stairs.

Tickets: Your exhibition ticket also grants full access to the house.

Session times are as follows:

• Thursday 24th March, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 28th April, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 26th May, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 23rd June, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 28th July, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 25th August, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 22nd September, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 27th October, 2pm – 3pm• Thursday 24th November, 2pm – 3pm

Important Information for Visitors

The health and safety of everyone is our biggest priority. Visitors to our properties must follow NSW Health guidelines and follow COVID Safe practices. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to our Terms & Conditions of Entry.

Please keep your ticket safe, as you will be asked to present your ticket at point of entry. You can do this by either printing a copy or displaying a digital version on your selected device.

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