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GREAT COLLECTIONS is the chance to give your students the unique opportunity to see, in their home town, treasures drawn from the magnificent collections of New South Wales’ eight premier cultural institutions.
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Download Making a Scene (130.1KB)
GREAT COLLECTIONS includes a plant specimen collected by Sir Joseph Banks in 1770, Captain Cook’s sextant, one of the rare editions of the Nuremburg Chronicles from 1483, a gold washing cradle designed by Edward Hargraves in 1851, an Arthur Streeton painting, documents from both Miles Franklin and Patrick White, Captain Moonlite’s death mask, along with major contemporary artworks.
GREAT COLLECTIONS is enthusiastically supported by The Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Botanic Gardens Trust, Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Powerhouse Museum, State Library of NSW and State Records NSW showing significant objects that are representative of Australia’s vibrant history and identity. For the first and probably only time, these Museum and Gallery holdings are drawn together in an exhibition that illustrates our psyche, records our development, provides insight into our national spirit and inspires us for the future.
GREAT COLLECTIONS supports broad curriculum goals with the potential to inspire your students and assist develop a range of critical thinking skills and literacies. The exhibition is supported by in-depth teacher and student resources, available online, targeting these syllabus areas:
- Creative Arts
- English, Science and Technology
Secondary School Years 7-10:
- Visual Arts
- English, Technology, Photographic and Digital Media, Textiles and Design
Stage 6 Visual Arts and Extension History
Please contact your local Regional Gallery to organise a gallery visit:
- Campbelltown Arts Centre: 12 December 2008 – 18 January 2009
- Tweed River Art Gallery: 6 February – 15 March 2009
- Western Plains Cultural Centre: 3 April – 10 May 2009
- Albury Library Museum and Albury Regional Gallery: 29 May – 5 July 2009
- Ballarat Fine Art Gallery: 24 July – 30 August 2009
GREAT COLLECTIONS is an initiative of Museums & Galleries NSW (M&G NSW). M&G NSW is the key support agency for the museum and gallery sector in NSW.
Migrants arriving in Sydney
gelatin silver photograph
Image courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales © Estate of David Moore
John DOLLOND, instrument maker
Sextant, reputedly used by Captain James Cook, late 18th century
brass, glass, mirror glass, in mahogany and pine box
Image courtesy Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales