Back to the Glasshouse

What a thrill it was yesterday to be back at one of my favourite Sydney haunts running a writing workshop for a group of award winning primary school students. This year the State Library of NSW was hosting the Write On awards an annual writing competition open to all primary students in Years 1 to 6. They had to use a photograph from the State Library as a stimulus to compose an imaginative piece of writing. I heard that some of the students who entered even searched the library database to discover the photo and the details about the photo, which was not an easy task as there was no accompanying text to provide clues!

Their prize – certificates, meeting the Minister of Education, the Learning Services staff at the library, a tour of the library and a workshop with ME.

What grand fun.

And then the super surprise – for ME. The Learning Services staff were about to start a video conference after my gathering and I spied them (well – Megan said what till you see this) trollying in, under locked cabinet, these amazing artefacts that the library holds … this IS the real thing:

Captain James Cook’s Ammunition Belt and Mary Reiby diary, and the ship’s logs! This is goosebumps stuff and I just love history – but don’t ever tell my high school history teacher!


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