Captain Cook’s shoe buckle and a rare convict letter are among the extraordinary items from the State Library’s world-renowned collection heading to primary schools in Bathurst from 12 to 14 October.
Deputy Premier of NSW Troy Grant said that the Library’s valuable FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative has reached 23,532 students in regional areas.
“In the past two years 284 schools have enjoyed the Library’s popular FAR Out! regional outreach program, and I’m thrilled that even more students in regional communities will get to experience some amazing items related to the discovery and exploration of our continent and nation,” Mr Grant said.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole welcomed news the collection would be enjoyed by local students.
“This collection will give 608 students and teachers the chance to be among the first in the Central West to view the actual handwritten letter of NSW convict Mary Reibey, extraordinary Indigenous artwork and Indigenous word lists from the local area.”
The tour to Bathurst will be the State Library’s 30th 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
See the full media release attached.