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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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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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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 611 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 612 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 613 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 614 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 615 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 616 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 617 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 618 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 619 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 620 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 621 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 622 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 623 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 624 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 625 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 626 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 627 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 628 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 629 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 630 Ind.Langs. Document A 176 / Vol 1

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Collection Page Document ID
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 046 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 047 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 048 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 049 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 050 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 051 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 052 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 053 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 054 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 055 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 056 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 057 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 058 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 059 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 060 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 061 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 062 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 063 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 064 Macarthur Document 01.06
Macarthur family papers, 1789-1936 [First Collection] Volume 06: John Macarthur accounts, 1806-1832: No. 065 Macarthur Document 01.06

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Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 344 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:06
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 343 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:03
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. 148 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:01
Item 01: Peter Turnbull diary, 6 February-31 December 1916 Item 01: Peter Turnbull diary, 6 February-31 December 1916: No. 211 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:59
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 342 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:59
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. 147 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:57
Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 Item 02: Peter Turnbull diary, 1 January-31 December 1917: No. 341 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:56
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. 146 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:55
Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881 Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 066 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:54
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. 145 Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:53