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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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painting of John Macarthur, ca. 1850s
About the Macarthur Family John Macarthur (1767-1834), soldier and...
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 16 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 17 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 18 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 19 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 7 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 8 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 10 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 11 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 12 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 02: 'Aboriginal words and names - Lower Clarence River Dialect, compiled by Robert Leycester Dawson', September 1935 - Page 13 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309/Item 2

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 275 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 147 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 43 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 473 Macarthur Document 06.60
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 03: Sir William Macarthur rough notes regarding vintage, 1847: No. 06 Macarthur Document 07.74.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 202 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 168 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 05: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1837: No. 86 Macarthur Document 07.70.05
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 254 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 245 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 393 Macarthur Document 07.66
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 199 Macarthur Document 07.71
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 240 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 212 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 084 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 155 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 165 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 014 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 01: Sir William Macarthur account of vine cuttings sold from Camden vineyard, July 1842-July 1844: No. 13 Macarthur Document 07.74.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 546 Macarthur Document 06.58

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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. 023 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 20:49
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. 021 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 17:31
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. 104 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 13:24
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. 103 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 13:07
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. 102 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:53
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. 101 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:48
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. 100 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:46
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. 099 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:44
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. 098 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 12:42
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. 021 Monday, September 16, 2019 - 01:19