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Prized Australian history heads to Wagga Wagga

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Captain Cook’s shoe buckle and a rare convict letter are among the extraordinary items from the State Library of NSW’s world-renowned collection heading to primary schools in Wagga Wagga from 13 to 15 September.

Deputy Premier of NSW Troy Grant said that the State Library’s valuable FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative has reached 24,054 students in regional areas.

“In the past four years 381 schools have enjoyed the Library’s popular FAR Out! regional outreach program, and I’m thrilled that even more students in Wagga Wagga will get to experience some amazing items related to the European discovery and exploration of our nation,” Mr Grant said.

The FAR Out! program is just one of the unique learning experiences the Library offers students and teachers, with extensive online services and learning resources available to all on the Library’s website.

“Providing access to the State Library’s $3.15 billion collection is a key part of the Library’s mission, and thanks to NSW Government support we've been able to digitise and provide online access to 5.7 million objects in the past four years," said acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Lucy Milne.

"The FAR Out! program is another way in which the Library provides access to the collection, by giving school children in the remotest parts of the state the chance to see original and unique historical items first-hand, ” Ms Milne said.

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Far Out, Port Macquarie
Children in dress up standing in front of a FAR Out! sign