Rare pieces of Australian history visiting Wagga Wagga for first time

Thursday 21 June 2018

State Librarian Dr John Vallance has announced that explorer Matthew Flinders’ equipment list and Ludwig Leichhardt’s telescope are among the extraordinary items from the State Library’s collection heading to primary schools in Wagga Wagga, from 25 June 2018.

Minister for the Arts, The Hon. Don Harwin MLC said that this will be the first time these rare pieces of Australian history will be shown in Wagga Wagga, as part of the State Library’s FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative.

“The valuable FAR Out! program has reached more than 27,000 students in regional areas across NSW. I am thrilled that 900 more primary students and their teachers from eight schools in Wagga Wagga will get to benefit from it,” Mr Harwin said.

From 25 to 28 June the State Library’s Learning team will run fun and interactive activities with students and teachers around a selection of landmark Australian treasures including:

  • Matthew Flinders’ list of equipment for his HMS Investigator voyage
  • Portrait of King Bungaree, 1829, the first Australian-born and Indigenous  person to circumnavigate Australia
  • ‘A new terrestrial globe’ by globe maker Nathanial Hill, 1754
  • Telescope thought to have belonged to Ludwig Leichhardt, 1842

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