Prized Australian history heads to South West NSW

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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Don't throw out your 'How to vote' cards! The State Library of NSW wants your election material

With the 2015 State election fast approaching, the State Library of NSW is calling on the NSW community to help build its collection of election material. 

The State Library is interested in obtaining ‘How to vote’ cards, posters, flyers, badges, stickers, t-shirts, magnets, mail or any other material associated with the election and local candidates.

“As we head to the polls, it’s important for the State Library to capture a comprehensive record of the State election - the main players, the key issues and community concerns - for the people of NSW, now and in the future,” said State Library Senior Curator Louise Denoon.

The Library’s extensive election archive dates back to the 1840s and 50s and shows how our approaches to political campaigns and the act of running for candidacy and voting has changed over the decades.

“Electoral candidates relied on newspapers and public meetings to get their messages across over 100 years ago, and printed material continued to be the main channel for campaigning until 1999 when candidates first started to create their own websites,” said Ms Denoon.

The State Library is not only collecting printed material and objects, but a range of websites and Twitter discussions generated by the parties, candidates and interest groups.

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NSW caretaker period begins

The caretaker period for the NSW Election commenced on 6 March 2015.

Accordingly, no ministerial press releases or related information issued by the Government from this date will be available on this website.

For copies of recently-issued ministerial press releases or information on the election policies of any political party as they relate to this department/agency or its portfolio area, please go directly to the website of the relevant political party.

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