Museum exhibition

Image credit: A convict jig, 2018. Image courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council.

When we think of convicts, we don’t tend to think of music and dance. But dance was an integral part of everyday life and one of the most popular forms of recreation in the early colony. Convicts danced to escape the drudgery and harshness of their existence. It provided social cohesion, a sense of belonging and cultural identity in a strange new land.

They were encouraged to dance on the long voyage to the colony for their good health and some danced to the music of their jangling chains. Come, discover and join in with the hands-on activities.

Exhibition developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council in partnership with dance historian, Heather Clarke.


25 August 2018 – 18 November 2018


Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm


Redcliffe Museum – 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe




Redcliffe Museum
Ph: (07) 3883 1898

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Header credit: Lowest life in London. Tom, Jerry, and Logic among  the unsophisticated sons and daughters of Nature at ‘All Max’ in the East.  Illustration by George Cruikshank (1792 – 1878). ©Trustees of the British Museum


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