Rare Indigenous word lists, a convict letter and the world’s smallest English dictionary are among the extraordinary items from the State Library’s world-renowned collection heading to primary schools in western NSW from 25 to 27 May 2015.
According to NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Alex Byrne, this will be the first time these prized Australian historical items from the State Library’s collection will be shown in western NSW as part of the Library’s valuable FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative.
“Over the past two years 243 schools have enjoyed the Library’s popular FAR Out! regional outreach program, and I’m thrilled primary students from seven more schools will get to experience amazing items related to some of the earliest recorded experiences of our continent and nation,” said Dr Byrne.
Over 410 students and teachers will be among the first in their region to view the actual handwritten letters of Mary Reibey, extraordinary Indigenous artwork and Indigenous word lists from the local area.
The tour to Narromine, Trangie, Warren and Gilgandra in western NSW will be the State Library’s 24th FAR Out! tour. This is just one of the unique learning services the Library offers students and teachers, with extensive online services and learning resources available to all on the Library’s website at http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/learning
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