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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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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 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 532 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 098 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 265 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 085 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 014 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. 246 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 387 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 035 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871: No. 30 Macarthur Document 07.74.07
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 59 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 323 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 183 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 519 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. 44 Macarthur Document 07.74.10
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 335 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 260 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 304 Macarthur Document 07.71
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 120 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 139 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 06: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1841?: No. 31 Macarthur Document 07.70.06

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Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936 Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 267 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 12:07
Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 19 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 10:54
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. 038 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 08:27
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. 037 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 08:21
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 063 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 21:28
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 001 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 18:25
Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 1 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 18:20
Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 2 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 18:19
File 4: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 1165-1708, 1814-ca. 1885 File 4: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 1165-1708, 1814-ca. 1885: No. 002 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 16:35
Select Specimens / From Nature / of the / Birds Animals &c &c / of / New South Wales / Collected and Arranged / by / Thomas Skottowe Esqr. / The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. / Newcastle / New South Wales / 1813 Select Specimens / From Nature / of the / Birds Animals &c &c / of / New South Wales / Collected and Arranged / by / Thomas Skottowe Esqr. / The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. / Newcastle / New South Wales / 1813 - Page 36 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 15:53