MORE than 100 years ago one of Australia’s most famous poets Henry Lawson spent time in Leeton.
More recently, his cottage at 37 Daalbata Road hummed again with poetic penmanship.
Fifty-seven Parkview Public School students recently took advantage of ideal winter weather to be inspired at the cottage.
Year 6 teacher Jackson Goman said the Parkview students have been analysing elements of poetry and descriptive language such as similes and personification in their English studies.
Having the cottage in town provided an ideal place to put the learning into practice.
“It is the perfect opportunity to connect students to literacy, to poetry and to our community’s history,” Mr Goman said. On the day the students sat in the front garden and on the verandah as they composed their own piece of poetry.
“Staff were captured by some of the writing samples,” Mr Goman said. “The students’ work really flourished as they described their surroundings and took inspiration from the cottage’s famous occupant.
“The positive interest shown from the students justifies the worth of the excursion.” Each student also had the opportunity to tour the cottage.
“The students were intrigued by the original oven and they were able to imagine what it was like 100 years ago,” Mr Goman said.
The Henry Lawson Cottage has been renovated and is maintained by Leeton Shire Council. It is leased for the majority of each year by the University of Wollongong for their student-doctor program.
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