Little Canton by Laura
The Rocks, centred around the northern end of George Street, was once known as "Little Canton" because of the concentration of Chinese businesses, boarding houses, and workers in the area. Part of the museum itself was once the premises of Tin Wah and Co, A Chinese importing and trading company.
This video explores the stories of some of the Chinese immigrants who settled here in the 1800s. What jobs did they do? What aspects of their culture did they bring with them? And what were the attitudes of the local non-Chinese population towards the unfamiliar habits, dress, and language of Chinese people? Let's look for the answers in The Rocks Discovery Museum.
The First Convict Girl by Leonie
Ages 5 to 12
What was it like to be a child convict? Find out as we read a story about Elizabeth, the youngest female convict to arrive in the colony in 1788. Discover the daily life of Elizabeth as she completes her chores with the family she was assigned to and uncover some of the artefacts used by people in the colony as we explore The Rocks Discovery Museum. Follow Elizabeth’s journey in Australia from arriving at only 13 years old until her death in Tasmania at the age of 63.
History of the Rattington Family in The Rocks by Ritsuko
Ages 5 to 12
This is a fictional story for children. It is about a rat called Rattaniel Rattington who lived in England more than 200 years ago. In this video, you will find out how he ended up living in The Rocks in the new British colony as one of the first free settlers. Can you find Ratty, Ruby, Rocky & Rosie somewhere in the museum
Israel Chapman by Bernard
Ages 12 to 15
Israel 'Izzy' Chapman was one of colonial Sydney's most intriguing and colourful characters. Considered by many to be New South Wales' first detective, his early professional life was anything but noble. In fact it began deep in London's underground.