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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 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 142 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 62: Walter Stevenson Davidson papers, 1815-1846: No. 144 Macarthur Document 06.62
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 10: Sir William Macarthur papers relating to vine diseases, 1855?, 1885-1888: No. 04 Macarthur Document 07.74.10
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 395 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 314 Macarthur Document 06.60
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 04: Sir William Macarthur memoranda regarding vintages, 1845, 1846: No. 26 Macarthur Document 07.74.04
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 254 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 03: John Macarthur day book, November 1818-March 1820: No. 084 Macarthur Document 01.07.03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 74 Item 05: Sir William Macarthur memoranda regarding vintage, 1848: No. 06 Macarthur Document 07.74.05
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 219 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 001 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 345 Macarthur Document 07.72
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 07 Item 01: John Macarthur bill book 1791-1796; Shipping and Pyrmont accounts, 1806-1809: No. 60 Macarthur Document 01.07.01
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 336 Macarthur Document 06.58
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 71: Macarthur family papers relating to wool and sheep, 1820-1936: No. 290 Macarthur Document 07.71
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 246 Macarthur Document 07.75
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 030 Macarthur Document 06.63
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 67: Macarthur family papers relating to livestock, 1814-1884: No. 303 Macarthur Document 07.67
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 73: Macarthur family memoranda and accounts relating to wine, 1838-1930: No. 106 Macarthur Document 07.73
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 501 Macarthur Document 06.60

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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 Friday, September 20, 2019 - 23:07
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 361 Friday, September 20, 2019 - 16:39
Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879 Volume 64: Emily Macarthur [Mrs. James Macarthur] correspondence and other papers, 1838-1879: No. 360 Friday, September 20, 2019 - 16:26
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 187 Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 18:43
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 186 Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 18:04
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 185 Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 17:44
Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) (Series 03.02) Series 03: Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) - No. 0535 Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 15:26
Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844 Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 160 Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 15:21
Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) (Series 03.02) Series 03: Joseph Banks - Endeavour journal, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771 (vol. 2) - No. 0534 Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 15:20
Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844 Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 159 Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 15:19