Wednesday, 30 March 2016
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 Goulburn and the Southern Highlands from 4 to 6 April.
Deputy Premier of NSW and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said that the Library’s valuable FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative has reached 26,912 students in regional areas across the state.
'Since 2014, 331 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 nation,' Mr Grant said.
The local members welcomed news the FAR Out! program would be enjoyed by students in Goulburn and Moss Vale.
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward said, 'This program will give almost 800 local students and teachers the chance to view the actual handwritten letter of NSW convict Mary Reibey, extraordinary Indigenous Australian artwork and word lists from the local area.'
Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell said, 'This educational visit is a great learning and cultural opportunity for our youth to enjoy.'
The FAR Out! program 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.