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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 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 072 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. 183 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. 114 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 203 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 03: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1847: No. 42 Macarthur Document 07.74.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 163 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 050 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 120 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 432 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 053 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 385 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 047 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871: No. 45 Macarthur Document 07.74.07
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 122 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 487 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 198 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 428 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888: No. 59 Macarthur Document 07.74.10
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 322 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 365 Macarthur Document 06.58

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Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 416 Monday, January 25, 2021 - 23:09
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 417 Monday, January 25, 2021 - 22:30
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. 172 Monday, January 25, 2021 - 15:21
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. 171 Monday, January 25, 2021 - 15:05
Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 39 Monday, January 25, 2021 - 11:58
Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832 Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 490 Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 16:32
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 554 Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 16:15
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 553 Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 16:11
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 300 Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 15:11
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 303 Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 15:03