FAR Out!

Find out all about our regional program, FAR Out! 

Access digitised images and catalogue records for the collection items we take on tour, related content that can be used in the classroom, information on the background to this program, syllabus links, and more.


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FAR Out! - Supported by Foundation

Established in 1989 as the major fundraising arm of the State Library, the Foundation has contributed over $30 million from the private sector to support the important work of the Library.

Assisting the Library in offering unique learning opportunities to children across the state has long been a priority area for the Foundation. The FAR Out! program is one of the Foundation's longest standing projects. The Foundation-funded FAR Out! program is an extraordinary learning experience that allows Library educators to take invaluable primary source materials to students across NSW,  providing them with a rich and rare opportunity to engage with a slice of history that they may otherwise never enounter first-hand.

To find out more about the Foundation, and its invaluable work with the Library, click here



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Syllabus links

The following syllabus outcomes are addressed by the FAR Out! program:

History Stage 2 

A student: 

  • HT2-3 describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects 


Geography Stage 2 

A student: 

  • GE2-4 acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry



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What people are saying about FAR Out!


I felt happy because I couldn't just fly to Sydney and see the treasures so I was happy that they brought them to me! (Bree, 11, Crystal Creek Public School)

My favourite object was the list because it was in Mathew Flinders handwriting and it was old. Tonight when I go home I'm going to tell my family about how we had to dress up and you got us included and how it was interesting and not boring. (Ava, 12, Kingscliff Public School)

I felt excited and interested because the State Library team told us a lot about the items and artefacts that they brought with them. I also really loved how informative and fun it was for the kids. (Emily, 12, St Mary of the Angels)


The students will have a better understanding after seeing the resources first hand. (Ben Venue Public School)

Wonderful knowledge of staff will enhance my teaching knowledge further. Thank you. (Armidale City Public School)

In Stage 2 it covers lots of our outcomes such as first contact etc. It just highlighted lots of great Australian history. Thank you for visiting. (Sandon Public School)



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Related stories from the Library's collections 

The Library's collections of over 6 million items are a treasure trove of potential for your classroom.

To get you started, here are some of the stories written about collections that relate to the Stage 2 History syllabus area covered by the FAR Out! program:



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FAR Out! Collection Items

FAR Out! Collection items

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