The ‘Success’ – From Prison Hulk to Exhibition Ship
8 Oct 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
- Mitchell Theatre at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
- Sydney 2000
- New South Wales
- Cost: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Rose Cullen reveals the amazing story of the Success, one of the most elaborate tourism enterprises in colonial Australia. FREE & Open to the Public
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