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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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About the Macarthur Family John Macarthur (1767-1834), soldier and...
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Collection Page Document ID
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 166 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 669-1202, 1819-1822: No. 155 Hassall Document 2.3.2
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 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 548 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 547 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. 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
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 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 104 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 121 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 143 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 244 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 319 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 104 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/

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Collection Page Document ID
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1203-1832, 1822-1828: No. 131 Hassall Document 2.3.3
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 471 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 470 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 004 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 002 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 549 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 447 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 276 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 45 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 68 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828: No. 69 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828: No. 38 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 1-690, 1796-1854: No. 018 Hassall Document 02.1.1
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 07: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1844: No. 55 Macarthur Document 07.70.07
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 108 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 548 Macarthur Document 06.63
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 034 Hassall Document 01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 669-1202, 1819-1822: No. 154 Hassall Document 2.3.2
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 41 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 669-1202, 1819-1822: No. 160 Hassall Document 2.3.2

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Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 166 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 09:44
File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1203-1832, 1822-1828 File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1203-1832, 1822-1828: No. 131 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 20:19
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 500 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 19:56
Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809 Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 50 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 18:04
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 294 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 17:49
Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809 Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 49 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 17:25
Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809 Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 48 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 17:22
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 476 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 13:22
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 475 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 13:09
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 471 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 12:38