Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum visit for stu­dents

The Free Press (Corowa) - - NEWS -

There were 83 stu­dents from Black­heath Pri­mary School in the Blue Moun­tains, ac­com­pa­nied by four teach­ers and nine par­ents, who vis­ited the Corowa Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

The stu­dents were on a five-day ex­cur­sion and vis­ited the Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum as part of their study of Fed­er­a­tion.

This was the third time the school had vis­ited the mu­seum as they be­lieve the Fed­er­a­tion Story is so well cov­ered at the mu­seum.

This year, be­cause of the in­crease in num­bers, the group was di­vided in two.

Half the group spent the first half hour at the Oddfel­lows Hall where the stu­dents were given a short talk on Fed­er­a­tion, then watched a Fed­er­a­tion Rap writ­ten by Lindy Pig­gin for the Cen­te­nary of the Corowa Fed­er­a­tion Con­fer­ence in 1893.

Lindy has since recorded this rap and given a copy on DVD to the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to use for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses.

As well as the rap stu­dents gleaned in­for- ma­tion from spe­cially pre­pared ban­ners and the book­let ‘Birth­place of Fed­er­a­tion’.

The stu­dents were amazed to be stand­ing in the very same hall where a pub­lic meet­ing was held 124 years ago to dis­cuss the Fed­er­a­tion is­sue.

The sec­ond group spent the first half hour in the Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum look­ing at cloth­ing from the early 1900’s, learn­ing what it was like to be in a class­room of that era, to wash clothes and lis­ten to mu­sic.

At ev­ery sta­tion the stu­dents were fas­ci­nated to think about liv­ing con­di­tions at the time of Fed­er­a­tion, some­times think­ing it would have been much more in­ter­est­ing and fun than now, at other times they weren’t so sure.

At the end of the first half hour stu­dents trans­ferred to the sec­ond venue, thus both groups ex­pe­ri­enced each venue.

As the stu­dents left the mu­seum the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers were told: ‘We will see you again in two years’ time’.

Need­less to say so­ci­ety mem­bers are de­lighted to share their mu­seum and knowl­edge, are grate­ful to coun­cil for al­low­ing the use of the Oddfel­lows Hall and look for­ward to a fourth visit from the Black­heath Pri­mary School.

Black­heath Pri­mary School stu­dents in the Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum class­room.

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