Federation Museum visit for students
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.