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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
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 1/Folder 2/Item 2: German vocabulary of native tribes, North East South Australia,ca. 1898-1932 - Page 77 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 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 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 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 86 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages I. M. Sim - Comparative vocabularies of three native languages of North Western New South Wales and Southern Queensland, 1955 - Page 4 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 709
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 347 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 99 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 363 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 118 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 245 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 134 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 279 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 152 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 79 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 325 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 332 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 171 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 87 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418

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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land, 1830-1840 - Page 230 Ind.Langs. Document A 614
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 263 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 259 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 255 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 258 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 257 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 256 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 254 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 253 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 249 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 252 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 251 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 250 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 248 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 247 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 246 Macarthur Document 07.72
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 04: James S. Hassall, diary 1881: No. 01 Hassall Document 04
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 006 Hassall Document 03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 243 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 241 Macarthur Document 07.72

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File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874: No. 004 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 19:02
File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874: No. 003 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 18:57
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 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 115 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 18:33
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 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 114 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:47
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 099 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:28
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 100 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:24
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 101 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:18
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 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 113 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:16
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 102 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:12
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 110 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:02