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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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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
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 109 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 30 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 78 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 61 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 124 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 46 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 92 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 88 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 13 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 11 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 43 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 110 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 31 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 79 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 63 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 128 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 47 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 93 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 89 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30

Pages

Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 3 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 4 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 8 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 14 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 6 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 7 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
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 38 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 42 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
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 Letter of application to join Pacific voyage, received by Banks from Monsieur Mornet, 6 January (?) 1772 (Series 06.170) - No. 0002 Banks Document 06.170
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 Major de Cossigny, 17 June 1801 (Series 72.019) - No. 0005 Banks Document 72.019
Banks Papers Incomplete copy of a letter received by Johann FriederichDurcking from Banks, 11 June 1782 (Series 73.004) - No. 0001 Banks Document 73.004
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 02 Item 02: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 9 Burial Ceremonies and Disposal of the Dead, 1904-1906 - Page 7 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 2/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 42 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 68 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 73 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 89 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 90 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8

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Document Page Updated date
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 187 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 15:36
Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 (Series 83.01) Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0054 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 14:58
Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 (Series 83.01) Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0053 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 14:43
Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 (Series 83.01) Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0052 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 14:25
Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 (Series 83.01) Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0051 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 14:13
Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 (Series 83.01) Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0049 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:55
Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 16 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:39
Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (Series 03.01) Joseph Banks - Endeavour Journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 - No. 0406 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:31
Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (Series 03.01) Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 - No. 0405 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:26
Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (Series 03.01) Joseph Banks - Endeavour Journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 - No. 0404 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 13:20