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The State Library of New South Wales is dedicated to making our collections more accessible and you can help us achieve this goal. We hold millions of pages of historically important handwritten documents in our collections, but this material can often be difficult to read and cannot be indexed by search. By using our purpose built Transcription Tool, we are able to produce digital transcripts of original materials from our collections, making them more accessible, discoverable and useful for research and study.

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Rowland Hassall (1768-1820), missionary, lay preacher and landholder, was born...
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painting of John Macarthur, ca. 1850s
About the Macarthur Family John Macarthur (1767-1834), soldier and...
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A collection of the works of Captain James Cook.
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Joseph Banks portrait
About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
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The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 02: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1845-1846: No. 01 Macarthur Document 07.74.02
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 130 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 131 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 126 Macarthur Document 06.58
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 354 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 160 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 325 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 192 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 87 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 106 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 124 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 338 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 143 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 260 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 4 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 355 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 162 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 326 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 228 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 88 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 016 Macarthur Document 06.63
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Miscellaneous papers relating to Aborigines, ca. 1839-1871 - Page 151 Ind.Langs. Document A610
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 140 Macarthur Document 07.67
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Miscellaneous papers relating to Aborigines, ca. 1839-1871 - Page 110 Ind.Langs. Document A610
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 623 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 38 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Miscellaneous papers relating to Aborigines, ca. 1839-1871 - Page 102 Ind.Langs. Document A610
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 004 Macarthur Document 06.63
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 1-690, 1796-1854: No. 003 Hassall Document 02.1.1
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 417 Hassall Document 01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 146 Macarthur Document 06.58
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 4: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 1165-1708, 1814-ca. 1885: No. 003 Hassall Document 02.2.4
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 145 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 144 Macarthur Document 06.58
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 321 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 189 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 183 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 122 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 119 Macarthur Document 06.65
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Miscellaneous papers relating to Aborigines, ca. 1839-1871 - Page 5 Ind.Langs. Document A610

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James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 331 Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 13:03
James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 330 Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:43
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 103 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 22:55
Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889 Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 016 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 18:09
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 369 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:31
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 368 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:29
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 367 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:08
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 366 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:07
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 365 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:05
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 364 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:04