Optional Activities

These optional activities are available as add-ons to the basic package for students.

Costing for optional activities is as follows:

  • One activity only – The first activity booked will be at a cost of $5 per head with a minimum total cost of $100.
  • More than one activity – An additional activity will be at a cost of $3 per head with a minimum total cost of $60.

Each activity has resource material for use in the classroom before and after your site visit. These can be downloaded from the Educational Resources Page.


  • What's My Story?
    What's My Story?

    (50 minutes)

    Decipher a convict record and discover the person behind the number.

    Students study copies of the original handwritten conduct records of individual convicts who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land and who spent time at Port Arthur. Working like ‘detectives’ examining the evidence of the records and artefacts linked to the convicts, students make predictions and draw conclusions about a convict’s life, their character and trade. This activity is suitable for upper primary and secondary students.

  • Brick Making
    Brick Making

    (50 minutes)

    How did they do it? Make a quarter size convict brick to take home.

    Students discuss briefly the nature of bricks from around the Port Arthur Historic Site and the variety of types. We will handle and look closely at original convict bricks and when students have gained a little knowledge about the processes involved they will have the chance to create their own brick to take home, complete with their thumbprints!

  • Hidden Secrets
    Hidden Secrets

    (50 minutes)

    Uncover the small things about Port Arthur which reveal so much…

    In this activity students get to walk the site and discover a side of Port Arthur which is often overlooked; kitchen rubbish left behind, a name scratched into stonework possibly by a soldier on duty. Little things which bring us closer to the people of Port Arthur and the life they once had. This tour also offers a valuable heritage lesson about conserving the past for future generations.