[Episode 19 | 1828 : Alice]
Alice and her family are delivering food to the indentured convicts working at the stone quarry when they have the idea of organising a pig race for the half-day holiday.
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Race betting and gambling were popular during the 1820s, particularly as a recreational pastime in line with a celebration, for example, Christian events and Royal holidays. In a period before mass entertainment, small, locally organised events gave many people their only break from a heavy work schedule. There were no age limits on betting, so children and adults could be equally involved.
Student Activity Sheet: H19.1 Pig race
In this clip, Alice's father announces that the convict workers will have a half-day holiday. The convicts are on assignment to the Owen family to build their house. They need to quarry the stone in order to finish the work by Christmas. Alice's father is their supervisor. Many convicts were not skilled for their work and toiled from dawn to dusk. Working conditions in 1828 were very different from what we expect of an Australian workplace today.
Student Activity Sheet H19.2: Working conditions