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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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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 Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, logbook of a journey from Port Stephens to Peak Range, 1 October 1846-3 November 1847 - Page 138 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 49 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 104 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 22 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 70 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 122 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 139 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 50 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 105 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 23 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 71 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 123 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 140 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 51 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 106 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 24 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 72 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 124 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 141 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 52 Ind.Langs. Document SAFE/DLMS 30

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Collection Page Document ID
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. 0014 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. 0022 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. 0051 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. 0070 Banks Document 83.01
Captain James Cook 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: No. 293 Cook Document Safe 1/71
Captain James Cook 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: No. 327 Cook Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 03: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 13 Fighting Weapons, 1904-1906 - Page 45 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331 / vol. 3 / Item 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 02 Item 02: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 9 Burial Ceremonies and Disposal of the Dead, 1904-1906 - Page 7 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 2/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 35 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 42 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 68 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 73 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 89 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 90 Ind.Langs. Document A 1331/vol. 3 /Item 8
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Mrs. David Milson Kamilaroi vocabulary and Aboriginal songs, 1840 - Page 13 Ind.Langs. Document A 1688

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Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 (Series 83.01) Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0051 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 17:11
Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:53
Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) Copy of a letter received by William Bligh from Banks, 13 May 1809 (Series 40.134) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:47
Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:35
Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:31
Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) Letter received by James Slade from J. Edwards of the Navy Office, 13 February 1805 (Series 67.07) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:30
Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) Letter received by Banks from William Bligh, 24 May 1811 (Series 40.137) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:29
Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:23
Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) Letter received by Banks from the Victualling Office of the Navy Board, 27 March 1806 (Series 67.14) - No. 0001 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:21
Letter received by Banks from the Navy Office, 12 March 1805 (Series 67.13) Letter received by Banks from the Navy Office, 12 March 1805 (Series 67.13) - No. 0002 Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 16:17