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A tool for digitally transcribing historical handwritten documents from our collection.

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.

You can help us to transcribe these items, which include diaries, letters, journals and manuscripts. In doing so you will be contributing to the improvement and enrichment of our collections, as well as taking an opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders of NSW cultural heritage.

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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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ww1_01
The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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indigenous1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 89 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 28 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 138 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 73 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 57 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 105 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 44 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 17 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 90 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 74 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 12 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 121 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 60 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 31 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 106 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 107 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 90 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 29 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 139 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 74 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014

Pages

Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 69 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 75 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 81 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 27 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from J.F. Schiller, 10 July 1772 (Series 06.129) - No. 0002 Banks Document 06.129
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from J.F. Schiller, 10 July 1772 (Series 06.129) - No. 0004 Banks Document 06.129
Banks Papers Letter of application to join Pacific voyage, received by Banks and possibly Daniel Solander, from Jaques [sic] Philippe Bruguiere, 4 April 1772 (Series 06.145) - No. 0001 Banks Document 06.145
Banks Papers Letter of application to join Pacific voyage, received by Banks and possibly Daniel Solander, from Jaques [sic] Philippe Bruguiere, 4 April 1772 (Series 06.145) - No. 0002 Banks Document 06.145
Banks Papers Letter of application to join Pacific voyage, received by Banks from Monsieur Mornet, 6 January (?) 1772 (Series 06.170) - No. 0001 Banks Document 06.170
Banks Papers The Case of Thomas Chapman of [?] by New Long Lane Southwark', ca 1806 (Series 32.05) - No. 0001 Banks Document 32.05
Banks Papers The Case of Thomas Chapman of [?] by New Long Lane Southwark', ca 1806 (Series 32.05) - No. 0003 Banks Document 32.05
Banks Papers The Case of Thomas Chapman of [?] by New Long Lane Southwark', ca 1806 (Series 32.05) - No. 0004 Banks Document 32.05
Banks Papers List of Seeds, Fruit and Forest Trees and Ornamental Plants &c that would be of Utility in the Colony of New South Wales', May 1803 (Series 39.084) - No. 0001 Banks Document 39.084
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, April 1804 (Series 39.088) - No. 0001 Banks Document 39.088
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, April 1804 (Series 39.088) - No. 0003 Banks Document 39.088
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 26 November 1807 (Series 39.105) - No. 0001 Banks Document 39.105
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from P. Briere, ca January 1801 (Series 72.009) - No. 0001 Banks Document 72.009
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Dr James Currie, 13 June 1801 (Series 72.022) - No. 0012 Banks Document 72.022
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from the Dutch Ambassador, BaronFugel, 21 August 1818 (Series 72.056) - No. 0001 Banks Document 72.056
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from the Dutch Ambassador, BaronFugel, 21 August 1818 (Series 72.056) - No. 0002 Banks Document 72.056

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Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) - No. 0008 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:59
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) - No. 0007 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:58
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) - No. 0006 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:57
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) - No. 0005 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:54
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) - No. 0004 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:53
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, ca August 1803 (Series 27.28) - No. 0002 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:47
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 13 May 1803 (Series 27.26) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 13 May 1803 (Series 27.26) - No. 0002 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:37
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 13 May 1803 (Series 27.26) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 13 May 1803 (Series 27.26) - No. 0001 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:36
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 12 November 1802 (Series 27.25) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 12 November 1802 (Series 27.25) - No. 0002 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:26
Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 12 November 1802 (Series 27.25) Letter received by Banks from William Paterson, 12 November 1802 (Series 27.25) - No. 0001 Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:24