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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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Collection Page Document ID
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0050 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0051 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0053 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0054 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0055 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0059 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Matthew Boulton from JeanPierre Droz, 1787 - 1789 (Series 84.02) - No. 0004 Banks Document 84.02
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Matthew Boulton from JeanPierre Droz, 1787 - 1789 (Series 84.02) - No. 0005 Banks Document 84.02
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Matthew Boulton from JeanPierre Droz, 1787 - 1789 (Series 84.02) - No. 0006 Banks Document 84.02
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Matthew Boulton from JeanPierre Droz, 1787 - 1789 (Series 84.02) - No. 0007 Banks Document 84.02
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Matthew Boulton from JeanPierre Droz, 1787 - 1789 (Series 84.02) - No. 0008 Banks Document 84.02
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Jean Pierre Droz from MatthewBoulton, 1787 - 1788 (Series 84.03) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.03
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Jean Pierre Droz from MatthewBoulton, 1787 - 1788 (Series 84.03) - No. 0003 Banks Document 84.03
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Jean Pierre Droz from MatthewBoulton, 1787 - 1788 (Series 84.03) - No. 0004 Banks Document 84.03
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Jean Pierre Droz from MatthewBoulton, 1787 - 1788 (Series 84.03) - No. 0005 Banks Document 84.03
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Jean Pierre Droz from MatthewBoulton, 1787 - 1788 (Series 84.03) - No. 0006 Banks Document 84.03
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Jean Pierre Droz from MatthewBoulton, 1787 - 1788 (Series 84.03) - No. 0007 Banks Document 84.03
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Jean Pierre Droz from MatthewBoulton, 1787 - 1788 (Series 84.03) - No. 0008 Banks Document 84.03
Banks Papers Coinage', 1797 - 1798 (Series 84.06) - No. 0018 Banks Document 84.06
Banks Papers Coinage', 1797 - 1798 (Series 84.06) - No. 0019 Banks Document 84.06

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Collection Page Document ID
Banks Papers Simkin's Poetry', being newscuttings, 1785-1792 - No. 0070 Banks Document 83.01
Banks Papers Extracts of letters received by Matthew Boulton from JeanPierre Droz, 1787 - 1789 (Series 84.02) - No. 0003 Banks Document 84.02
Banks Papers Memorandum concerning the Office of Weight and Teller, RoyalMint, 21 July 1807 [?] (Series 84.09) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.09
Banks Papers Memorandum concerning the Office of Weight and Teller, RoyalMint, 21 July 1807 [?] (Series 84.09) - No. 0003 Banks Document 84.09
Banks Papers Memorandum concerning the Office of Weight and Teller, RoyalMint, 21 July 1807 [?] (Series 84.09) - No. 0004 Banks Document 84.09
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0001 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0003 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers an Essay on the means of Framing Ld Grenville's Excellent Idea of inscribing the Triumphs of The English Nations, on the Copper Tokens furnishd [sic] to her Colonies into a Regular System of historical Record' - No. 0005 Banks Document 84.19
Banks Papers Decimal arithmetic History of', undated (Series 84.26) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.26
Banks Papers a Proposal for accommodating the English Coins to the decimalmode of account', undated (Series 84.28) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.28
Banks Papers Conversion tables for decimal currency, undated (Series 84.30) - No. 0002 Banks Document 84.30
Banks Papers Copy of a letter received by an unknown correspondent fromBanks, 1805 (Series 90.25) - No. 0002 Banks Document 90.25
Banks Papers Memorandum beginning 'it is admitted that the drain...', undated (Series 90.47) - No. 0001 Banks Document 90.47
Banks Papers Memorandum beginning 'To Engage to promote & push on thework to the best of his ability...', undated (Series 90.48) - No. 0002 Banks Document 90.48
Captain James Cook 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: No. 205 Cook Document Safe 1/71
Captain James Cook 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: No. 215 Cook Document Safe 1/71
Captain James Cook 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: No. 237 Cook Document Safe 1/71
Captain James Cook 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: No. 254 Cook Document Safe 1/71
Captain James Cook 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: No. 293 Cook Document Safe 1/71

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on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0014 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 17:13
on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) on the Issue of Circulating notes by Private individuals',16 August 1810 (Series 84.16) - No. 0013 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:46
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:28
Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... (Series 35.17) Extracts of letters received by Mr Chalmers from John Hunter, 12 March 1798; received by John Schank from James Thompson, 12 September 1798; received by Philip Gidley King from Henry Waterhouse, 13 September 1798; written by J. Townson,... - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:27
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:23
Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) Receipt for flax and other plants, issued to Philip Gidley King by William Irish , 29 November 1794 (Series 39.015) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:22
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0003 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:20
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0002 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:19
Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) Copy of a letter received by an unnamed correspondent fromBanks, undated (Series 73.130) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:18
Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) Letter received by Banks from John Sibthorp, 20 October 1783 (Series 72.146) - No. 0001 Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 15:12