Parliamentary Education's latest exhibition 'Indignation in the Colony' is on display now in the Legislative Assembly foyer.
In March 1868, Irishman Henry James O’Farrell attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, the first member of the royal family to visit Australia. What followed would unite the nascent NSW colony.
Twenty thousand people made the long journey to Hyde Park, mostly by foot, to protest the assassination attempt. Parliament quickly legislated a response to O’Farrell who had pulled the trigger. Community relief after Prince Alfred survived saw large sums donated to establish a hospital in his name – the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital opened in 1882.
The display includes:
The exhibition will be on display until end of July.