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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 Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 622 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 627 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 628 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 629 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 1: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 92 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 1: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 93 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 1: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 95 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 1: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 100 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 108 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 114 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 180 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, transcribed from his notebooks by W. Dixson, June 1929 - Page 42 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 546
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, ca. 1895-1929 - Page 21 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 547
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, transcribed from his notebooks by W. Dixson, June 1929 - Page 43 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 546
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, ca. 1895-1929 - Page 22 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 547
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, transcribed from his notebooks by W. Dixson, June 1929 - Page 44 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 546
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, ca. 1895-1929 - Page 23 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 547
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, transcribed from his notebooks by W. Dixson, June 1929 - Page 45 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 546
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, ca. 1895-1929 - Page 24 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 547
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, transcribed from his notebooks by W. Dixson, June 1929 - Page 46 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 546

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828: No. 82 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 428 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 488 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 04: John Macarthur Bank of New South Wales and Bank of Australia pass book, 1823-1828: No. 62 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 319 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 237 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 326 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 162 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 173 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 104 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 03: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1847: No. 32 Macarthur Document 07.74.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 424 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 255 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 283 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 193 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 071 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 220 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 008 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 442 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888: No. 81 Macarthur Document 07.74.10

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Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820 Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 067 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 14:26
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 375 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 16:38
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 374 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 16:05
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 373 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 15:54
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 372 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 15:48
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 371 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 15:44
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 370 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 15:38
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 149 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 11:57
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. 14 Monday, October 26, 2020 - 21:47
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. 13 Monday, October 26, 2020 - 21:47