Prized Australian history heads to Bathurst

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

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State Library announces Australia's first dedicated digital fellowship

The State Library of NSW has announced a new $30,000 digital fellowship, the first of its kind to be offered by an Australian cultural organisation.

The DX Lab Fellowship will provide a digital innovator with the opportunity to work alongside the State Library’s pioneering DX Lab to develop a creative digital experience using the Library’s rich collections.

“This Fellowship will bring together data from the State Library’s collection, passionate researchers and the latest technologies to create something new and revolutionary,” said Dr Alex Byrne, State Librarian and Chief Executive.

Applications close: Thursday 12 November 2015.

Find more information about the DX Lab Fellowshop here.

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Call for nominations: NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2016

The State Library of NSW has announced the opening of nominations for the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Established in 1979, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised hundreds of talented Australian writers.

A new category to recognise and support the contribution made by Indigenous writers to Australian literary life has been announced for 2016.

According to NSW Premier Mike Baird, “We have so many talented and creative storytellers who make great contributions to the state’s cultural sector and I would encourage anyone who has had their work published to consider entering these awards.”

Total prize money of $305,000* will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony at the State Library of NSW in May 2016.The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards offers awards in the following categories:

- Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
- UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
- Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
- Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
- Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
- Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature 
- Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
- Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
- Multicultural NSW Award
- Indigenous Writers Prize (biennial Prize in its inaugural year)

Nominations close: 5pm, Friday 9 October 2015

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