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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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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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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 143 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 300 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 159 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 192 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 95 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 344 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 113 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 360 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 255 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 144 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 312 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 160 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 79 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 228 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 96 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 345 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 114 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 364 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 260 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 145 Ind.Langs. Document B 1418

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Collection Page Document ID
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 1-690, 1796-1854: No. 009 Hassall Document 02.1.1
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 Series 03: Thomas Hassall, diaries, 1859, 1865: No. 002 Hassall Document 03
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 224 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 223 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 222 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 221 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 220 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 219 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 218 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 217 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 216 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 215 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 214 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 213 Macarthur Document 06.65
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 212 Macarthur Document 06.65
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Item 04: 'Australian Aboriginal words and names collected by Robert Leycester Dawson', being rough galley proof from W.C. Penfold of items 2 and 3 with author's corrections, 27 September 1935 - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document DLMSQ 309 / Item 4
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 59: Archdeacon Scott letters, 1822-1844: No. 029 Macarthur Document 06.59
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 76: James and William Macarthur financial statements, 1822-1862: No. 073 Macarthur Document 07.76
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 76: James and William Macarthur financial statements, 1822-1862: No. 072 Macarthur Document 07.76
Hassall family papers, 1793-2000 File 1: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 1, pp. 1-690, 1796-1854: No. 008 Hassall Document 02.1.1

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File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1203-1832, 1822-1828 File 3: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 3, pp. 1203-1832, 1822-1828: No. 001 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 23:21
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. 219 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 15:00
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 375 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:33
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 246 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:13
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 250 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:01
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 249 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:01
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 248 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 11:57
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 247 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 11:51
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 245 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 11:07
Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929 Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 244 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:55