St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Year 4 St Helena Island

Last Friday morning, we loaded onto the bus, our group of convict substitutes to transport them to St Helena Island in Moreton Bay. Mrs Klinge had been busy allocating them all a number so that they could experience the way that prisoners were known on the island. Although we were able to travel using modern transport, the reality of the isolation, lack of facilities and the workload expected of the prisoners were clearly demonstrated during the excursion. The children witnessed an assimilated flogging of a prisoner and one of the students was involved in the flogging using the Cat 'O' Nine tails. Thank you to all those who joined us on our real-life adventure.

St Helena