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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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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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ww1_01
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 Notebook 01: Aboriginal vocabularies obtained by C. J. McMaster, ca. 1895-1929 - Page 8 Ind.Langs. Document DLSPENCER 547
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 4 Folder 1: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903 - Page 37 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 7603 / Box 4 / Folder 1
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Pioneering days of Miriam Vale and district', Queensland by W. G. Blomfield, 1946-1947 - Page 156 Ind.Langs. Document A3076
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Daniel Bunce journal, 7 December 1846 - 2 March 1849 - Page 11 Ind.Langs. Document B 387
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 14 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 13 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 12 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 10 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 9 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Box 5/Item 22: Notebook re. Aboriginal languages and customs, undated - Page 8 Ind.Langs. Document MLMSS 161/Box 5/Item 22
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 95 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 92 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 93 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 90 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 94 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 91 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 89 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 88 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 87 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 86 Ind.Langs. Document Safe 1/71

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Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877 Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 042 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 12:23
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. 267 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 12:10
Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870 Series 12: James Hassall, letter book, 1827-1846, 1862-1870: No. 19 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 10:54
Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889 Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 038 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 08:27
Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889 Volume 63: Lady Parker and Sir H. Watson Parker papers, 1829-1889: No. 037 Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 08:21
Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880 Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 063 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 21:28
Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860 Series 01: Rowland Hassall, papers, 1797-1820, 1860: No. 001 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 18:25
Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 1 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 18:20
Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 Volume 03 Item 08: Walter Edmund Roth Bulletin No. 18 Social and Individual Nomenclature, 1904-1906 - Page 2 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 18:19
File 4: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 1165-1708, 1814-ca. 1885 File 4: Hassall family, correspondence, volume 2, pp. 1165-1708, 1814-ca. 1885: No. 002 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 16:35