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Are you the descendant of a convict or free settler? Did your relative come out from England or Ireland and make good, or did they suffer for their crimes?
The skills and labour of assigned convict men and women were the key to the prosperity of estates like Brickendon and indeed to the colony of Van Diemen's Land.
At the Brickendon Farm Village which dates from 1824, you will discover where men like John Welsh, William McKay and John Watt worked, the conditions they lived in and what their fate was. Whilst women were sent into domestic service in the grand houses, the men worked and developed the farms. They were paid no wages, but they were fed, housed and clothed and sometimes punished according to the regulations of the convict system.
Many of these men were skilled tradesmen, like wheelwright Benjamin Cooper and blacksmith John Jenks so they were very useful to William Archer and the rest were just put to work in the fields digging ditches, scaring birds and making dung heaps! You will be amazed walking into the Blacksmiths shop - untouched since the last blacksmithing was done during the 1930's and in the cookhouse you can almost see the convict men sitting at their dinner table in the cookhouse with the large fire blazing and the smells of fresh bread.
The Convict Interpretation centre offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the Assignment convict system and how it impacted on the development of Van Diemen's Land
The Farm Village was the hub of Brickendon, imagine the days when 20 draught horses ploughed the paddocks, sheep were shorn by hand shears, cows were hand milked morning and night and chickens produced those delicious free range eggs. A few things have changed since those times but the evidence is still here. Friendly sheep, a range of poultry, horses, goats and a pig called Flora are all here to have a pat or enjoy your company as you explore the Brickendon Farm Village.
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