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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 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 010 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 02: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1845-1846: No. 04 Macarthur Document 07.74.02
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 282 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 280 Macarthur Document 06.58
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
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 128 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 348 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 83 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 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 260 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 319 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 86 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 109 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 331 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 129 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 350 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 84 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 229 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 324 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

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Collection Page Document ID
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 313 Hassall Document 01
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages 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 122 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 015 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 79 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. 225 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 224 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 058 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 428 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 091 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 054 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 053 Macarthur Document 07.73
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 669-1202, 1819-1822: No. 050 Hassall Document 2.3.2
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 669-1202, 1819-1822: No. 042 Hassall Document 2.3.2
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1-668, 1793-1821: No. 155 Hassall Document 02.3.1
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1-668, 1793-1821: No. 129 Hassall Document 02.3.1
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 166 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 544 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 543 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 542 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 541 Macarthur Document 06.63

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Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 313 Sunday, January 23, 2022 - 17:45
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 122 Sunday, January 23, 2022 - 16:50
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. 015 Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 08:28
John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 79 Friday, January 21, 2022 - 23:17
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. 225 Friday, January 21, 2022 - 18:12
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 454 Friday, January 21, 2022 - 17:52
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 453 Friday, January 21, 2022 - 17:39
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 452 Friday, January 21, 2022 - 17:35
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 450 Friday, January 21, 2022 - 17:30
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. 224 Friday, January 21, 2022 - 16:58