An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement: the Hyde Park Barracks 1848-1886


This ARC Linkage project was conducted between 2008 and 2011 to extend the analysis of the extraordinary assemblage recovered from the Hyde Park Barracks building between 1980 and 1981. It followed the Exploring the Archaeology of the Modern City Project (2001-2004). The primary purpose of both projects was to undertake a rigorous analysis of the rich archaeological and historical archive related to the post-convict era of the Hyde Park Barracks, particularly the above-ground sub-floor deposits found in this multi-story building. The goal of this analysis was to arrive at a more complete understanding of women’s lives in a nineteenth century institution. Among many significant features of the assemblage is the rich collection of textiles (especially dress fabrics), printed paper and pharmaceuticals.

Cite this Record

An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement: the Hyde Park Barracks 1848-1886. ( tDAR id: 407133) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8HH6N56

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1848 to 1886

Spatial Coverage

min long: 151.199; min lat: -33.882 ; max long: 151.22; max lat: -33.852 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contributor(s): Penny Crook

Principal Investigator(s): Tim Murray; Peter Davies

Record Identifiers

ARC Reference(s): LP0882081

TDAR ID(s): 6879


Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-8 of 8)


  1. An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement: The Hyde Park Barracks, 1848–1886 (2013)
  2. Archaeology of the Hyde Park Barracks (2010)
  3. Clothing and textiles at the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Australia (2013)
  4. Destitute women and smoking at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australia (2011)
  5. Early Zooarchaeological Evidence for Mus musculus in Australia (2013)
  6. Mistress of her Domain: Matron Hicks and the Hyde Park Destitute Asylum, Sydney, Australia (2015)
  7. Women and work at the Hyde Park Barracks Destitute Asylum, Sydney (2010)


  1. Hyde Park Barracks Artefact Catalogue (2011)