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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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  1. New transcribers can create an account using our quick sign up form. All you need is a valid email address.

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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 Once you've registered, take a look at our how-to guide for tips and tricks in transcribing historical documents.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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The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 36 Monday, January 18, 2021 - 15:08
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 19 Monday, January 18, 2021 - 11:05
Item 09: John Dunmore Lang personal and miscellaneous papers, 1838-1873 Item 09: John Dunmore Lang personal and miscellaneous papers, 1838-1873 - Page 18 Monday, January 18, 2021 - 11:04
Item 09: John Dunmore Lang personal and miscellaneous papers, 1838-1873 Item 09: John Dunmore Lang personal and miscellaneous papers, 1838-1873 - Page 20 Monday, January 18, 2021 - 11:03
Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 - Page 47 Monday, January 18, 2021 - 03:27
Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 - Page 46 Monday, January 18, 2021 - 00:16
Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 Item 02: Lettres de Mme. Louis de Freycinet ecrites pendant le voyage autour du Monde de la Corvette l'Uranie, 1817-1819, transcribed and edited by Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, after 1820 and before 1842 - Page 45 Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 23:57
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 118 Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 12:52
Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 33 Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 12:07
Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 Box 4 Folder 3: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 36 Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 11:59