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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 74 Item 08: Sir William Macarthur pocket notebook regarding wine sales, 1852?: No. 04 Macarthur Document 07.74.08
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 74 Item 08: Sir William Macarthur pocket notebook regarding wine sales, 1852?: No. 11 Macarthur Document 07.74.08
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
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 519 Macarthur Document 01.06
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 116 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 346 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 133 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 374 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 151 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 300 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 169 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 80 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 234 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 97 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418

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Collection Page Document ID
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 008 Hassall Document 03
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 10 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 7 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 20 Folder 1: James Milson, Aboriginal Vocabulary - 'Kamileroi [Kamilaroi]. Noongahburrah - branch of Euahlayi Tribe - Narran River (K. Langloh Parker)', undated - Page 2 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 9409 / Folder1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages C 47 : Sir Thomas Mitchell journal of an exploring expedition to the interior of New South Wales through the Liverpool Plain, 29 November 1831-16 February 1832 - Page 22 Ind.Langs. Document C 47
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 06: Sir William Macarthur memoranda regarding vintage, 1858: No. 09 Macarthur Document 07.74.06
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
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 646 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 04 Hassall Document 12
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 07 Hassall Document 12
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874: No. 062 Hassall Document 02.1.2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Charles Boydell - journal, 1830-1835 - Page 70 Ind.Langs. Document A 2014
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 003 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 517 Macarthur Document 01.06
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 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. 005 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 016 Macarthur Document 06.63

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Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 - Page 26 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:59
Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 - Page 33 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:53
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 365 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:12
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 419 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:09
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 418 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:52
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 417 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:51
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 411 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:44
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 410 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:19
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. 132 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 18:31
Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 008 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 18:08