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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 28 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 107 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 87 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 29 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 136 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 74 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 55 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 103 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 42 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 12 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 91 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 71 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 119 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 58 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 29 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 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 88 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 30 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 137 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30

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 Draft of a letter received by George Caley from Banks, 14August 1802 (Series 18.036) - No. 0002 Banks Document 18.036
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from William Hamilton, 4 November 1812 (Series 20.28) - No. 0003 Banks Document 20.28
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from William Hamilton, 4 November 1812 (Series 20.28) - No. 0004 Banks Document 20.28
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from William Hamilton, 4 November 1812 (Series 20.28) - No. 0005 Banks Document 20.28
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from William Hamilton, 4 November 1812 (Series 20.28) - No. 0006 Banks Document 20.28
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from William Hamilton, 4 November 1812 (Series 20.28) - No. 0007 Banks Document 20.28
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from William Hamilton, 4 November 1812 (Series 20.28) - No. 0008 Banks Document 20.28

Pages

Document Page Updated date
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 June 1802 (Series 39.068) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 June 1802 (Series 39.068) - No. 0005 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 17:44
Copy of a letter received by Joseph Short from William Bligh, 23 December 1806 (Series 41.15) Copy of a letter received by Joseph Short from William Bligh, 23 December 1806 (Series 41.15) - No. 0002 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 17:21
Copy of a letter received by Joseph Short from William Bligh, 23 December 1806 (Series 41.15) Copy of a letter received by Joseph Short from William Bligh, 23 December 1806 (Series 41.15) - No. 0001 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 17:18
Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Thomas Jamison, Colonial Surgeon; John Harris, Surgeon, New South Wales Army Corps; J. McMillan, Surgeon, HMS Buffalo, 14 December 1806 (Series 41.12) Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Thomas Jamison, Colonial Surgeon; John Harris, Surgeon, New South Wales Army Corps; J. McMillan, Surgeon, HMS Buffalo, 14 December 1806 (Series 41.12) - No. 0001 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 17:12
Copy of a letter received by Mr Jamison, Colonial Surgeon; Mr J. Harris, Surgeon, New South Wales Army Corps; and Mr J. Macmillan, Surgeon of HMS Buffalo, from William Bligh, 13 December 1806 (Series 41.11) Copy of a letter received by Mr Jamison, Colonial Surgeon; Mr J. Harris, Surgeon, New South Wales Army Corps; and Mr J. Macmillan, Surgeon of HMS Buffalo, from William Bligh, 13 December 1806 (Series 41.11) - No. 0001 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 17:08
Copy of a letter received by Philip Gidley King from William Bligh, 10 December 1806 (Series 41.09) Copy of a letter received by Philip Gidley King from William Bligh, 10 December 1806 (Series 41.09) - No. 0002 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 17:03
Copy of a letter received by Philip Gidley King from William Bligh, 10 December 1806 (Series 41.09) Copy of a letter received by Philip Gidley King from William Bligh, 10 December 1806 (Series 41.09) - No. 0001 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 16:59
Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Joseph Short, 11 December 1806 (Series 41.08) Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Joseph Short, 11 December 1806 (Series 41.08) - No. 0002 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 16:55
Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Joseph Short, 11 December 1806 (Series 41.08) Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Joseph Short, 11 December 1806 (Series 41.08) - No. 0001 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 16:50
Copy of a letter received by Joseph Short from William Bligh, 10 December 1806 (Series 41.07) Copy of a letter received by Joseph Short from William Bligh, 10 December 1806 (Series 41.07) - No. 0002 Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 16:46