Far Out! Travelling exhibition makes history fun

Nyngan school students had an opportunity to re-enact part of the story of Matthew Flinders and see artefacts from his journeys when the State Library of NSW came to visit on July 30 and 31.

According to State Librarian John Vallance, this was the first time these rare pieces of Australian history will be shown in Nyngan and Cobar, as part of the State Library's FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative.

"I am thrilled that 445 more students and their teachers from four schools in Nyngan and Cobar will get to benefit from it," he said.

Equipment and information from the State Library's learning team included Matthew Flinders' list of equipment for his HMS Investigator voyage, sent to his patron Joseph Banks; portrait of King Bungaree, 1829, the first Australian to circumnavigate Australia; a new terrestrial globe' by globe maker Nathanial Hill, 1754; and a telescope thought to have belonged to Ludwig Leichhardt, 1842.

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Each item is used in an interactive workshop which includes exploring the length of indigenous occupation of country, dressing in period costume, hopping on board a replica of the Tom Thumb, and discovering the exploits of Matthew Flinders and Bungaree as they circumnavigated Australia.

Students engage with Australia's history in a new way they see artefact and manuscripts that are not on display.

"The State Library of NSW is the home of Australia's history. We're thrilled to be ... providing students and teachers with an opportunity to engage with our past in a very real way," State Libary Manager, Learning Services Megan Perry