Schools and teachers

The Blue Mountain pioneers, lithograph by M. Emile Ulm, Sydney Mail, 1880, SLNSW SPF/1396

If you’ve ever been for a drive across the Blue Mountains, the names Blaxland, Wentworth Falls and Lawson may sound familiar – but who were these towns named after? And why? 

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Have you ever wondered how picture book illustrators work to bring a story to life?

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You may know the name Caroline Chisholm or recognise her face from the $5 note but what was her contribution to colonial society and why was she known as the emigrant’s friend? 

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A virtual experience guaranteed to be fun, fascinating, and freezing.

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A journal of a voyage to the South Seas : in His Majesty's ship, the Endeavour : faithfully transcribed from the papers of the last Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Joseph Banks, esq. on his late expedition with Dr. Solander - Natives of New Holland

Students explore the online exhibition Eight Days in Kamay and reflect on how texts may invite the responder to see the world differently, to challenge assumptions, ignite new ideas or reflect personally. 

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Step into Quong Tart’s shoes and piece together the missing primary sources to bring Quong Tart’s story to life.

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Students respond to written and visual collection items to explore the use of interesting and effective language and visual features. Students will then use a painting from the collection as the inspiration for their own descriptive writing.

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