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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.

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Collection Page Document ID
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Emmanuel de Fellenberg, 5 March1816 (Series 72.031) - No. 0001 Banks Document 72.031
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Emmanuel de Fellenberg, 5 March1816 (Series 72.031) - No. 0002 Banks Document 72.031
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Emmanuel de Fellenberg, 5 March1816 (Series 72.031) - No. 0003 Banks Document 72.031
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Jacques Julien de Labillardiere,14 April 1796 (Series 72.107) - No. 0002 Banks Document 72.107
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Jacques Julien de Labillardiere,14 April 1796 (Series 72.107) - No. 0003 Banks Document 72.107
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Marmaduke Tunstall, 25 September1785 (Series 72.188) - No. 0004 Banks Document 72.188
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Marmaduke Tunstall, 21 December1785 (Series 72.189) - No. 0004 Banks Document 72.189
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from W. Vaughan, 9 October 1794 (Series 72.192) - No. 0004 Banks Document 72.192
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from an unknown correspondent, undated (Series 72.198) - No. 0005 Banks Document 72.198
Banks Papers Copy of a letter received by the Lords of the Treasury [?]from Banks, undated (Series 73.132) - No. 0002 Banks Document 73.132
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0014 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0020 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0021 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0022 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0023 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0024 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0025 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0027 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0028 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0029 Banks Document 83.01

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Collection Page Document ID
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Daniel Solander, 31 July 1777 (Series 72.182) - No. 0003 Banks Document 72.182
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from Marmaduke Tunstall, 21 December1785 (Series 72.189) - No. 0003 Banks Document 72.189
Banks Papers Letter received by Banks from W. Vaughan, 9 October 1794 (Series 72.192) - No. 0003 Banks Document 72.192
Banks Papers Incomplete copy of a letter received by Johann FriederichDurcking from Banks, 11 June 1782 (Series 73.004) - No. 0001 Banks Document 73.004
Banks Papers Copy of a letter received by Lord Bathurst from Banks, 26July 1812 (Series 73.117) - No. 0001 Banks Document 73.117
Banks Papers Copy of a letter received by Lord Bathurst from Banks, 26July 1812 (Series 73.117) - No. 0002 Banks Document 73.117
Banks Papers Copy of a letter received by Lord Clancarty from Banks, 11June 1813 (Series 73.121) - No. 0002 Banks Document 73.121
Banks Papers Copy of a letter received by the Lords of the Treasury [?]from Banks, undated (Series 73.132) - No. 0001 Banks Document 73.132
Banks Papers Copy of a letter received by Captain Prendegast from Banks,undated (Series 73.133) - No. 0001 Banks Document 73.133
Banks Papers Letter-press copy of a letter received by the Duchess of Portlandfrom Banks, 14 June 1782 (Series 74.05) - No. 0003 Banks Document 74.05
Banks Papers Letter-press copy of a letter received by the Duchess of Portlandfrom Banks, 14 June 1782 (Series 74.05) - No. 0004 Banks Document 74.05
Banks Papers Alphabetical list (x 2) of names, undated (Series 82.04) - No. 0001 Banks Document 82.04
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0009 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0011 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0016 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0019 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0049 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0052 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0057 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0060 Banks Document 83.01

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on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0014 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 17:13
on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0013 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:46
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:28
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:27
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:23
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:22
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:20
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:19
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:18
Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:12