Cook, Flinders and First Fleet documents and other extraordinary pieces from the State Library’s world-renowned collection are heading to six areas in NSW’s Central West region from 27 to 30 May as part of the Library’s exciting initiative, Far Out! Treasures to the Bush.
“Students from 16 primary schools in the Central West will get to see some of Australia's most prized historical items first-hand, thanks to the support of the Caledonia Foundation,” said Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive.
“The State Library is committed to connecting regional communities with the original documents of Australia, including items relating to the British discovery and exploration of our nation,” Dr Byrne said.
Following the success of Far Out! in 2012 and the ongoing support of The Caledonia Foundation, students in regional areas across Molong (27 May), Canowindra (28 May), Eugowra (28 May), Condobolin (29 May), Trundle (29 May) and Peak Hill (30 May), will be given the opportunity to view the actual handwritten letters of Mary Reibey and First Fleeters for the very first time.
“We’re adding more and more riches to our website every day, and providing remote access to a wealth both of our heritage material and today’s high quality online resources, seeing these original and unique historic items has a special appeal!” says Dr Byrne.
See the full media release attached.
Dr Alex Byrne is available for interviews