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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 107 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 46 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 16 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 95 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 75 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 17 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 123 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 62 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 32 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 46 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 91 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 33 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 140 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 78 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 1 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 2 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 108 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 47 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 96 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014

Pages

Collection Page Document ID
Banks Papers Invoice received by Banks from Messrs Griffin & Tow, gunsmiths, 8 July 1772 (Series 06.043) - No. 0003 Banks Document 06.043
Banks Papers Letter transmitted to Banks from an unknown writer, 6 May 1772 (Series 06.117) - No. 0001 Banks Document 06.117
Banks Papers Letter transmitted to Banks from an unknown writer, 6 May 1772 (Series 06.117) - No. 0002 Banks Document 06.117
Banks Papers Letter transmitted to Banks from an unknown writer, 6 May 1772 (Series 06.117) - No. 0003 Banks Document 06.117
Banks Papers Letter transmitted to Banks from an unknown writer, 6 May 1772 (Series 06.117) - No. 0004 Banks Document 06.117
Banks Papers Unsigned memorial, titled 'Noticias', transmitted to Banks by Mr Harris, 1772 (Series 06.119) - No. 0001 Banks Document 06.119
Banks Papers Unsigned memorial, titled 'Noticias', transmitted to Banks by Mr Harris, 1772 (Series 06.119) - No. 0002 Banks Document 06.119
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks and Daniel Solander from B. de Dominicetti, 22 (?), 1772 (Series 06.120) - No. 0001 Banks Document 06.120
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks and Daniel Solander from B. de Dominicetti, 22 (?), 1772 (Series 06.120) - No. 0002 Banks Document 06.120
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 'Caleys Seeds Recd', November 1802 (Series 18.039) - No. 0002 Banks Document 18.039
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from George Suttor, 21 April 1803 (Series 20.67) - No. 0001 Banks Document 20.67
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from George Suttor, 21 April 1803 (Series 20.67) - No. 0002 Banks Document 20.67
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from George Suttor, 21 April 1803 (Series 20.67) - No. 0003 Banks Document 20.67
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from George Suttor, 21 April 1803 (Series 20.67) - No. 0004 Banks Document 20.67
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from George Suttor, 21 April 1803 (Series 20.67) - No. 0005 Banks Document 20.67
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from George Suttor, 21 April 1803 (Series 20.67) - No. 0006 Banks Document 20.67

Pages

Document Page Updated date
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 9-10 May 1803(Series 39.078) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 9-10 May 1803(Series 39.078) - No. 0024 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 16:17
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 9-10 May 1803(Series 39.078) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 9-10 May 1803(Series 39.078) - No. 0025 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 15:53
Certificate naming Banks a Proprietor of The Royal Institutionof Great Britain, 10 May 1802 (Series 75.06) Certificate naming Banks a Proprietor of The Royal Institutionof Great Britain, 10 May 1802 (Series 75.06) - No. 0001 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:37
Certificate naming Banks an Honorary Member of the WernerianNatural History Society, 26 February 1808 (Series 75.07) Certificate naming Banks an Honorary Member of the WernerianNatural History Society, 26 February 1808 (Series 75.07) - No. 0001 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:35
Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) - No. 0008 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:06
Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) - No. 0007 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:06
Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) - No. 0006 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:05
Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) - No. 0005 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:05
Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) - No. 0004 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:04
Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) Certificate naming Banks an Associate of the Academiae ScientiarumOlisiponensis Auspice, 31 July 1789 (Series 75.05) - No. 0003 Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 14:03