Captain Cook’s shoe buckles and rare Indigenous word lists are among the extraordinary items from the State Library’s world-renowned collection heading to primary schools in South West NSW from 16 to 18 March 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 Hay, Balranald and Wentworth as part of the Library’s valuable FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative.
“Over the past two years 228 schools have enjoyed the Library’s popular FAR Out! regional outreach program, and I’m thrilled primary students from nine more schools will get to experience some amazing items related to the discovery and exploration of our continent and nation,” said Dr Byrne.
Over 480 students and teachers will be among the first in Hay, Balranald and Wentworth to view the actual handwritten letters of Mary Reibey, extraordinary Indigenous artwork and Indigenous word lists from the local area.
This program will be the second time Wentworth Public School students have connected with the State Library. In 2014 the school participated in the Art Around the Library video conference, with real-time art-making workshops. The students made their own 2D artwork inspired by an extraordinary work in the State Library's collection.
“We’re adding more and more riches to our website every day, and providing remote access to our extensive heritage material through digitisation, online resources and video conferencing, but actually seeing these original and unique historic items has a special appeal!” said Dr Byrne.
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