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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 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 340 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 147 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 043 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 395 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 144 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 142 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 254 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 084 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 219 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 60 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 336 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 106 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 331 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 175 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 267 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 042 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 195 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 03: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1847: No. 34 Macarthur Document 07.74.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 05: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1837: No. 50 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. 112 Macarthur Document 07.74.09

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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