The ‘Success’ – From Prison Hulk to Exhibition Ship

Event Information

When
  • 8 Oct 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Where
  • Mitchell Theatre at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney 2000
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact

Rose Cullen reveals the amazing story of the Success, one of the most elaborate tourism enterprises in colonial Australia. FREE & Open to the Public

http://smsa.org.au/events/event/the-success-from-prison-hulk-to-exhibition-ship/

                            

SMSA (Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts) 
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9262 7300 | smsa.org.au 

 

An old prison hulk from Melbourne, the Success was transformed into a floating museum of convict Australia. Its lurid displays of wax figures and convict manacles attracted large crowds in Australian ports in the early 1890s, before touring Britain and North America.

 

A visit to the ship appealed to our lingering curiosity about the convict origins of the Australian colonies. The exhibition was promoted as a true object lesson, however historical accuracy fell victim to showmanship and visitors were sold an increasingly sensational version of Australia’s past.

 

FREE & Open to the Public

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