Prized Australian history heads to Armidale

Tuesday, 8 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 Armidale from 14 to 16 March.

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 26,131 students in regional areas across the state.

'Since 2014, 322 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 continent and nation,' Mr Grant said.

Member for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall welcomed news the collection would be enjoyed by local students.

'This collection will give 816 students and teachers in Armidale the chance to view the actual handwritten letter of NSW convict Mary Reibey, extraordinary Indigenous Australian artwork and word lists from the local area,' Mr Marshall said.

The tour to Armidale will be the State Library’s 34th FAR Out! tour. This is just one of the unique learning services the Library offers students and teachers, with extensive online services and learning resources.

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