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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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painting of John Macarthur, ca. 1850s
About the Macarthur Family John Macarthur (1767-1834), soldier and...
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About the collection When Sir Joseph Banks died in 1820, he left behind a well...
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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 69: Macarthur family papers relating to wool sales, 1818-1883: No. 179 Macarthur Document 07.69
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 121 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 05: Sir William Macarthur memoranda regarding vintage, 1848: No. 20 Macarthur Document 07.74.05
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 378 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 04: Sir William Macarthur memoranda regarding vintages, 1845, 1846: No. 41 Macarthur Document 07.74.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 460 Macarthur Document 06.60
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 333 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 70 Item 07: Macarthur family record of character and descriptions of fleeces, 1844: No. 37 Macarthur Document 07.70.07
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 418 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 080 Macarthur Document 07.67
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. 52 Macarthur Document 01.07.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 278 Macarthur Document 07.71
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 227 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 094 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 192 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 09: Sir William Macarthur collection of pamphlets relating to viticulture, 1828-1880: No. 163 Macarthur Document 07.74.09
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 291 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 201 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 135 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 353 Macarthur Document 01.06

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John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 311 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 18:35
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 122 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 16:41
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 121 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 16:28
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 120 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 14:36
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 119 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 14:25
Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900 Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 118 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 14:05
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. 077 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 02:42
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. 076 Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 02:41
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. 024 Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 22:30
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. 022 Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 22:08