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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 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 42 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 43 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 44 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 45 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 546
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, ca. 1895-1929 - Page 25 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
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 16 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 15 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 69 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 17 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 71 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 18 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 77 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 19 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 78 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 20 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 3

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Collection Page Document ID
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. 379 Macarthur Document 06.58
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 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 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 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. 377 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888: No. 18 Macarthur Document 07.74.10
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 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 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 101 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. 031 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 233 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 05: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1837: No. 88 Macarthur Document 07.70.05
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 02: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1845-1846: No. 06 Macarthur Document 07.74.02
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 216 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 170 Macarthur Document 07.69

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Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 - Page 26 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:59
Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 Larmer's Vocabulary of Native Names. 1853', by James Larmer, September 1832-24 November 1853 - Page 33 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:53
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 365 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:12
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 419 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 20:09
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 418 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:52
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 417 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:51
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 411 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:44
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 410 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 19:19
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. 132 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 18:31
Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 008 Friday, July 3, 2020 - 18:08