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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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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 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 379 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. 006 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 352 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 04: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, [1836?]: No. 23 Macarthur Document 07.70.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 469 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 104 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 409 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 415 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 239 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 163 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 027 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 014 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 315 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 405 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 03: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, [1836?]: No. 11 Macarthur Document 07.70.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 07: Sir William Macarthur cellar book, 1857-1871: No. 22 Macarthur Document 07.74.07
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 071 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 464 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 040 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 175 Macarthur Document 07.73

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File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874: No. 004 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 19:02
File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874 File 2: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 691-1800, 1855-1874: No. 003 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 18:57
James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 115 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 18:33
James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 114 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:47
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 099 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:28
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 100 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:24
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 101 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:18
James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770 - Page 113 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:16
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 102 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:12
Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884 Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 110 Friday, January 17, 2020 - 17:02