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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 384 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 346 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 442 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 362 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 393 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 Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 620 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 621 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 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 623 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 624 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

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Collection Page Document ID
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 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 239 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 32 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 541 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 481 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 324 Macarthur Document 07.66
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 215 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 379 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 156 Macarthur Document 07.73
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 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 176 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 377 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 492 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 308 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 477 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 226 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 417 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 315 Macarthur Document 06.58
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. 51 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 233 Macarthur Document 07.69

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Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 19 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 15:25
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 417 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 13:52
Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832 Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 348 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 11:06
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 325 Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 19:02
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 356 Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 15:32
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 355 Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 15:23
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 354 Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 15:16
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 353 Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 15:04
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 352 Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 14:55
Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 351 Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 14:51