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A tool for digitally transcribing historical handwritten documents from our collection.

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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About the Macarthur Family John Macarthur (1767-1834), soldier and...
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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 049 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 02: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1845-1846: No. 30 Macarthur Document 07.74.02
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. 71 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 139 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 250 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 403 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 106 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 229 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 076 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 407 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 076 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 186 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 340 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. 145 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 05: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1837: No. 84 Macarthur Document 07.70.05
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 166 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 344 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 276 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 03: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1847: No. 04 Macarthur Document 07.74.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 082 Macarthur Document 07.74.09

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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. 016 Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 15:54
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