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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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About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
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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 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 002 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 008 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
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 Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 15 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 120 Macarthur Document 06.65
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 232 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 93 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 113 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 341 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 79 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 130 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 357 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 149 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 293 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 167 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 233 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 95 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418

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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 529 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 147 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 144 Macarthur Document 06.63
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 071 Hassall Document 03
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 073 Hassall Document 03
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 14 Hassall Document 12
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 41 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 13 Hassall Document 12
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 323 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 022 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 009 Macarthur Document 01.06
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 4 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 006 Macarthur Document 06.63
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 38 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 139 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
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 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 095 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 07 Hassall Document 12
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 6 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 5 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014

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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 529 Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 08:51
Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888 Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888: No. 15 Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 07:53
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 319 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 15:48
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 318 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 15:30
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 317 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 15:26
Copy of 'Affadavit [sic] made by Mr George Sutter [sic]', 4 June 1808 (Series 40.095) Copy of 'Affadavit [sic] made by Mr George Sutter [sic]', 4 June 1808 (Series 40.095) - No. 0001 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 14:27
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. 147 Monday, August 3, 2020 - 16:36
Series 05: Hassall family, printed leaflets of the Parramatta Sunday School and the New South Wales Sunday School Institution, 1816 Series 05: Hassall family, printed leaflets of the Parramatta Sunday School and the New South Wales Sunday School Institution, 1816: No. 2 Monday, August 3, 2020 - 15:53
Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832 Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 001 Monday, August 3, 2020 - 15:44
Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 15 Monday, August 3, 2020 - 15:28