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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.

You can help us to transcribe these items, which include diaries, letters, journals and manuscripts. In doing so you will be contributing to the improvement and enrichment of our collections, as well as taking an opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders of NSW cultural heritage.

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  2. Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.

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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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ww1_01
The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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indigenous1
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. 416 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 515 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 06: Sir William Macarthur memoranda regarding vintage, 1858: No. 05 Macarthur Document 07.74.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 346 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 415 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 130 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 150 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 271 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 455 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 353 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 429 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 365 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 302 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 356 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 177 Macarthur Document 01.06
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. 75 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 010 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 292 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 197 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 557 Macarthur Document 06.63

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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 78 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 21:35
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 77 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 21:21
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 354 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 17:10
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 302 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 16:48
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 303 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 16:47
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 293 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 16:40
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 291 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 15:23
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 288 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 15:16
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 285 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 15:14
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 292 Monday, February 17, 2020 - 15:09