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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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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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ww1_01
The Library holds over 500 World War One diary and letter collections which...
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indigenous1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages These Indigenous languages materials are...
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Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 261 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 262 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 263 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 264 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 265 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 266 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 267 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 268 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 269 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 270 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 271 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 272 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 273 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 274 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 275 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 276 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 277 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 278 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 279 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857] - Page 280 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1

Pages

Collection Page Document ID
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages 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 106 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages 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 107 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages 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 108 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages 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 109 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages 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 205 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages 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 207 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71
Item 01: Journal particulier de Rose pour Caroline, September 1817-October 1820 - Page 4 R. de Freycinet Document SAFE/MLMSS 9158/vol. 1
Item 01: Journal particulier de Rose pour Caroline, September 1817-October 1820 - Page 7 R. de Freycinet Document SAFE/MLMSS 9158/vol. 1

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Letter received by Philip Gidley King from George Hamilton, 12 November 1807 (Series 39.103) Letter received by Philip Gidley King from George Hamilton, 12 November 1807 (Series 39.103) - No. 0001 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 16:01
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 November 1806 (Series 39.102) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 November 1806 (Series 39.102) - No. 0003 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:57
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 November 1806 (Series 39.102) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 November 1806 (Series 39.102) - No. 0002 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:56
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 November 1806 (Series 39.102) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 5 November 1806 (Series 39.102) - No. 0001 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:55
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) - No. 0020 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:48
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) - No. 0019 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:46
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) - No. 0018 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:43
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) - No. 0017 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:40
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) - No. 0016 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:38
Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) Letter received by Banks from Philip Gidley King, 21 July 1805 (Series 39.099) - No. 0015 Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:36