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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 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 192 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 335 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 85 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 352 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 105 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 86 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 125 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 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 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 336 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 353 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 Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 87 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 1/Folder 2/

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Collection Page Document ID
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
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 540 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 539 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 129 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 032 Macarthur Document 07.69
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
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. 534 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 533 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 531 Macarthur Document 06.63
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840 - Page 27 Ind.Langs. Document B505
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840 - Page 26 Ind.Langs. Document B505
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840 - Page 25 Ind.Langs. Document B505
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840 - Page 24 Ind.Langs. Document B505
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 1-690, 1796-1854: No. 100 Hassall Document 02.1.1
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 167 Hassall Document 01

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Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 131 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 15:47
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 130 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 15:24
Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820 Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 166 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:59
Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828 Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828: No. 57 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:42
Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871 Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871: No. 10 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:26
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. 544 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:26
Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871 Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871: No. 09 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:22
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. 543 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:21
Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871 Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871: No. 08 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:17
Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871 Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871: No. 07 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 14:07