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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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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 120 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 142 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 160 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 341 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 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 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 357 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 104 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 121 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 143 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 162 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 342 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 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 359 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 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 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 118 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 4: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 5 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 4
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 04: James S. Hassall, diary 1881: No. 43 Hassall Document 04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 256 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 255 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 254 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 253 Macarthur Document 06.58
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 04: James S. Hassall, diary 1881: No. 25 Hassall Document 04
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 126 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888: No. 57 Macarthur Document 07.74.10
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 350 Hassall Document 01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 286 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 285 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 284 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 283 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 281 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 279 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 246 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 263 Macarthur Document 06.58

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Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 37 Friday, January 22, 2021 - 00:20
Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 36 Friday, January 22, 2021 - 00:12
Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s - Page 35 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 23:57
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 348 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 23:40
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 196 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 23:00
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. 164 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 16:07
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. 163 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 16:04
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 274 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 16:01
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 273 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 15:54
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 270 Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 15:47