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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
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 304 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 191 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 417 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 159 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 156 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 537 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 231 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 05: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1837: No. 13 Macarthur Document 07.70.05
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 075 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 231 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 055 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 095 Macarthur Document 07.69
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 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 167 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 478 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 092 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 357 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 244 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 109 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

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Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809 Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 50 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 17:02
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 453 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 16:13
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 472 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 12:16
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 166 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 11:51
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 471 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 11:14
File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1203-1832, 1822-1828 File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1203-1832, 1822-1828: No. 131 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 10:20
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 500 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 19:56
John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 294 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 17:49
Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809 Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 49 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 17:25
Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809 Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 48 Monday, September 20, 2021 - 17:22