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Prized Australian history heads to Gundagai and Tumut

Monday, 15 February 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 Gundagai and Tumut from 22 to 24 February.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said that this would be the first time that these prized Australian historical items from the State Library’s collection would be shown in Gundagai and Tumut.

“Over the past two years 309 schools have enjoyed the Library’s popular FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative, and I’m thrilled it is heading to Gundagai and Tumut for the first time to show primary school students these amazing items, relating to the discovery and exploration of our nation,” says Mr Grant.

Over three days, State Library staff will visit five schools, giving over 600 students the opportunity to view the actual handwritten letter of NSW convict Mary Reibey, extraordinary Indigenous Australian artwork and word lists from the local area.

For more information about FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush, please contact Learning Services.

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